We want to see all children in Mali enjoy access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities close to their homes so that they can stay well. We are working towards this by:
- Improving the water, sanitation and hygiene conditions of Mali’s most vulnerable children
- ensuring safe and equitable access for all
- ending Open Defecation
Lack of access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities coupled with a lack of awareness about the risks of open defecation and poor hygiene practices put children in Mali, especially those in rural areas, at risk every day.
- 34% of people in rural Mali either lack access to latrines completely or only have access to shared-community facilities.
We are partnering with communities to increase easy, reliable access to clean water through the drilling of new boreholes and the restoration of non-functioning water systems. And, we are working with schools and health centres to ensure children and their families have access to clean water while they are studying or at a clinic by installing water points.
To address the sanitation and hygiene issues, we are educating communities about the risks and negative impacts of Open Defecation and poor sanitation processes and we are equipping families to build their own improved sanitation facilities.
And, to improve hygiene processes, we are training children and their families at school and through community meetings about the importance and the steps of proper hygiene practice.
Yes! The percentage of households using an improved sanitation facility increased from 40% in 2016 to 61% in 2017 in the areas where we are working and the percentage of households with access to and using an improved drinking water source also increased (from 52% in 2016 to 60% in 2017).
What’s the impact?*
- 400 new improved water sources were installed
- 133,000 people gained access to clean water
- 40 schools and 10 healthcare facilities were equipped with access to clean water.
- 4,712 sanitation facilities were built by community members
- 42,854 people gained access to sanitation facilities
- 93 schools and 34 health centres were engaged in safe sanitation and hygiene practices programme
- 13,829 households were trained to wash their hands properly
*Numbers from 2016 and 2017