Mali is one of the world’s poorest countries.
Over two thirds of its population live on less than $1 a day. With an estimated population of 15 million people, 44% of the population has no access to clean water and there are widespread food shortages in the country, particularly in the north.
Around 80 percent of Malians rely on agriculture for survival and many have been affected by desertification and recurrent droughts in Mali. Many have abandoned their villages to search for food in the desert.
Islamic Relief has been working in Mali since 1997, helping victims of the country’s civil war recover from the devastation of conflict. Following its initial relief efforts, Islamic Relief’s focus shifted toward development projects to reduce the population’s vulnerability to drought and illness. We now work in three areas of Mali: Gourma Rharous in the north, Ouelessebougou in the south and the central areas surrounding the capital, Bamako. Projects include covering water and sanitation, education, community-based development and child-friendly villages.
Islamic Relief was one of the first organisations to reach some of the worst affected regions during the 2005 food crisis. Ninety-five tonnes of food was distributed to over 30,000 people in Gourma Rharous as part of our emergency response.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
- Centre of Hope
- Contributed to the social welfare of sponsored orphan children and other vulnerable groups
- Provided free primary healthcare to sponsored orphans children and widows and strategically facilitated the access of other vulnerable groups to healthcare by setting up an affordable medical feeing system for them
- Sahel Sons Soif
- Also called rain harvesting, these simple systems connect downspouts (gutters) to a central water tank
- Improved health and sustainable nutritional well-being of beneficiaries through multi-sectoral improvements of schools and health centres and their immediate surroundings in 3 countries (Mali, Niger, Chad) in the Sahel
- Improved nutritional well-being and food security for children of the targeted schools throughout each academic year
- Increased use of improved WASH (Water and Sanitation Hygiene) facilities by school children and health centre users throughout the year