COVID-19 in Mali Changes Young Khadija’s Life
Responding in fragile contexts

COVID-19 and the children of Mali

COVID-19 has changed the lives of children across Mali. Emergence of the pandemic has added to many other challenges for children particularly living in vulnerable conditions like refugee and internally displaced persons settlements. Read about what it's like for children like eight-month-old Khadija, whose family was forced to flee their village due to conflict and now has to adapt to the 'new normal' in a camp. 

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Mali crisis
A dive into the almost decade long Mali crisis

What is the Problem in Mali?

A major humanitarian crisis that has 5.7 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 2.18 million are children. The conflict, predominantly pits the Fulani against the Dogon ethnic communities. The conflict has spread from northern to central Mali. World Vision continues responding with life-saving interventions. Also adversely affected are: Mali, Burkina Faso and western Niger.

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Doussou can smile knowing she has safe access to water!
Water is not just life, it is safety.

World Vision Providing Safety for Women through Water

Doussou and the women of her community were once victims of unimaginable peril in their search for water. Now they have access to clean water right at their doorsteps.

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Makan and Maimouna have been conduits for change.

Eco-Agriculture contributing to community peace

“Before the savings groups, most of the women couldn’t even sit in the same place together. The strain on resources put a lot of social strain on our community.” 

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Who We Are - WASH

We say water is life and World Vision is committed to making sure all families and children, especially the most vulnerable, have access to safe drinking water.

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In Mali, World Vision uses a community-based approach. Our teams work closely with children, households, communities, local authorities and partners. We listen to families, understand their issues and empower communities with skills and resources that bring lasting change for children.  We also continue to work with communities in the conflict-ridden central and northern parts of the country, contributing to social cohesion and building peace to ensure child protection.

We serve the most vulnerable children and families through a multi-sector programmatic approach focused on: health and nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, education and life skills, food security and resilience, advocacy, and child protection and participation.

18.5 million

Population, total


Capital City

15.4 billion

GDP (current US$)
Oumou Sissoko - Hidden Hero Mali

Meet the hidden heroes helping to tackle COVID-19

Behind every aspect of World Vision's work throughout the last 70 years, Hidden Heroes have risen up in every season. Hear from Oumou Sissoko from World Vision in Mali, who is part of the team responding to the COVID-19 emergency in a country already facing various challenges related to conflict and insecurity.

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Serving and contributing to life in all its fullness for every Malian child.

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Ending Child Marriage in Mali
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It Takes a World

To End Child Marriage in Mali

We are working in communities all over Mali, with children, religious leaders and governments, to tackle the root cause of child marriage in Mali.

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