Mali

The Crisis in Mali

1.5 million people people are at risk of food insecurity. And one in eight children is affected by malnutrition. 

Blogs From Mali

Visit our Notes From The Field blog for stories from CARE staff and refugees effected by the crisis in Mali.

496,000 children younger than 5 are at risk of malnutrition

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Country Info

CARE began its work in Mali in 1975 to help the government respond to an emergency. The work gradually shifted from emergency projects to programs aimed at helping local communities take initiatives for their own development. We emphasize the promotion of democratic governance, including helping community organizations become more effective.

We use partnerships to help build the sustainability of civil society. And we seek to defend the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized people to obtain basic services. CARE’s program is one of the largest in Mali and is part of the Malian government’s poverty alleviation strategy.

Our Work in Mali

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

HIV & AIDS

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

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Nightmare in Mali

"It was total panic everywhere in the town of Diabaly and the population had only one choice: hide in their houses and pray to God."

Read "Nightmare in Mali," a first person account of the violence in Diabaly, Mali, as told to CARE.

One student leader shows how education can open doors to her dreams

Sixteen-year-old Umu is an earnest young lady with bright dreams for her future. Though she faced both financial hardship and a 7.5-mile walk to school each day from her home in rural Mali, Umu ranked second academically in her class and has risen as a young student leader.

Her family’s limited resources made it difficult to attend school, and, for a while, Umu’s future was not so bright. Just as she was preparing to advance to grade 6, she learned that her middle grade school would be too far for her to travel to, and, with no transportation, she stopped attending school soon...

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Getting Communities Involved In Setting Priorities and Gathering Data

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This Surprise in Mali Helped Save Lives

It came unexpected. And we originally thought there was something wrong. But in a country where a food shock can lead to a crisis, this surprise definitely saved lives.

Mali sits in the Sahel region of West Africa and is highly prone to food shortages from the harsh climate.

CARE has been working here since 1975 with a number of humanitarian and development programs. In 2012, CARE Canada began a food and nutrition project in the Segou region thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and our generous donors. Formally titled the Initiative for Food Security and...

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Joy Has Hatched in My House

"Like an egg, joy has hatched in my house. Between myself and my wives, and between me and my children. I learned that compassion is a new force for transformation." Amada is a participant in the...

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Ebola: CARE responds to prevent spread across borders in West Africa

ATLANTA (Nov. 25, 2014) - As efforts continue to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, CARE is escalating its response to help prevent the spread of the virus across borders into Ivory Coast and Mali.

With new cases being reported in Mali, CARE is working with the government and other agencies to halt the spread of Ebola through education, awareness and hygiene promotion in vulnerable communities throughout the country. The goal is to increase awareness and knowledge of Ebola symptoms, how to report and seek treatment and to promote...

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It's Time to Stop Digging Graves for Our Daughters

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Engaging Men Learning Initiative

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Similar to CARE’s work on women’s empowerment – which often fosters women’s/girls’...

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