Mail is one of the poorest countries in the world, and the people who live there are doing without basic requirements like education, access to health services, access to protective services, and even failure to register at birth. This country and its people desperately need help, but poor road conditions, active military fighting, and low population density all play in role in preventing the aid from getting through to the people who need it. Three organizations have managed to provide support, and they are Save the Children, CARE, and Islamic Relief USA.
Save the Children
Save the Children began its mission of mercy in Mali in 1975 and has been working to help them ever since. Save the Children focuses on the rural areas of southern Mali because this is where 80 percent of the population lives. Their primary focus is breathing life back into the failing education system. Save the Children is feverishly working to close the gap from grades 7 to 9, where there is a massive shortage of teachers. In 1988, Save the Children began scholarship opportunities for the children of Mali. This scholarship program is trying to provide healthy and safe learning environments for the kids so that they can thrive.
The Islamic Relief organization has been working for over 25 years to make the world a better place to live. It has been involved in Mali since 1997 and has focused its energy on the families’ economic well-being and healthcare. These are both on shaky ground after the drought in 2011 and the new violence that has been erupting all over Mali. The Islamic Relief organization has been working to give people access to clean drinking water, food, and healthcare. Healthcare is of particular importance because Malaria still counts for more than half of all hospital visits for children. The Islamic Relief organization hopes to change this.
CARE became involved in Mali in 1975 after helping the government respond to an emergency. CARE’s goal is to get Mali to promote a democratic government. They are spreading the word about this project by helping local community agencies become more involved and outspoken about the current state of affairs. To date, CARE is one of the largest programs at work in Mali.
Save the Children, Islamic Relief, and CARE are all working to build a better future for Mali, and it’s thousands of people.