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Food Crisis in Mali

According to the latest report from the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) close to five million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Mali, including health, nutrition, education, and protection services - as well as access to safe water. The number shows an increase of at least 1.5 million children in need since 2020.

This developing situation is due to protracted armed conflict, internal displacement, and restricted humanitarian access risks pushing nearly one million children under the age of 5 in Mali into acute malnutrition by December 2023 – with at least 200,000 at risk of dying of hunger if life-saving aid fails to reach them.

Mali's ongoing political situation is complex, and a developing humanitarian crisis that is unfortunately going under the radar of global aid agencies and needs the attention it deserves.

The plight of children and families in Mali is part of a wider regional emergency in the central Sahel, which also includes Burkina Faso and Niger. Despite these ongoing crises, humanitarian workers and supplies need to safely reach the most vulnerable children and families where urgently needed. Any disruptions or delays in aid delivery will have a negative impact on the survival of children and their families.

Country Synopsis


of children under 5
are stunted


million people required
humanitarian assistance
in 2020



Mali is a vast, land-locked country in the heart of the Sahel region. With social indicators among the lowest in the world, the country ranks 184 out of 189 on UNDP’s 2019 Human Development Index and faces serious challenges in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2 on Zero Hunger and improved nutrition.

What is Muntada Aid Doing?

Protecting children and women from violence, abuse, and exploitation requires a comprehensive child protection system that addresses the full spectrum of risks they face.

Children and young people in Mali, and especially girls, continue to bear the brunt of the country’s complex and protracted crisis, risking their lives, losing their homes, being abducted and recruited by armed groups, separated from families, and exposed to sexual and gender-based violence.

Muntada Aid is providing multi-level support to refugees, children and young women in Mali.



You can support one of our programmes in Mali by setting up a direct debit or by paying one of the donations towards one our programmes.

      Please remember setting up a monthly donation no matter how small is one of the best ways to support our programme in Mali.

Donating Just


a Month Will Provide Nutritious Meals to School Going Girls in Mali.

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Donating Just


a Month Will Provide Modern Education to School Children in Mali.

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Donating Just


a Month Will Provide Vocational Training Scholarship to Underprivileged Girls in Mali. 

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Current Education
Situation in Mali  

Although education in Mali has been improving over the last decade, more than two million children aged between 5 to 17 still do not go to school, and over half of Mali&rsquo's young people aged 15 to 24 are not literate. Household poverty, child labor, child marriage, insecurity, and a lack of schools close to children’s homes are all factors driving the high dropout and out-of-school rate in Mali. Among children that do attend school, the absence of qualified teachers, textbooks, and low-quality school environment all adversely affect learning outcomes: the vast majority of students in fifth grade in Mali are not able to master basic mathematics and reading skills.


Secondary School

Muntada Aid in partnership with our local partners is providing modern secondary school education to both boys and girls living in the area of Komantou some 250 kilometers from Bamako, the country’s political capital.
With regard to physical infrastructure, we are providing a modern school building, solar solar-powered energy network for water and daily electrical needs, access to clean drinking water, a football field, and a separate building and computers for computer education.
We are also managing and providing salaries for the teaching and maintenance staff. The education at this institution is free to all children.

Training Scholarships

Muntada Aid is also providing scholarships to some of the most vulnerable girls living and studying bachelor's in fashion design at National …. Our scholarship programs ease their financial burden while they pursue their education. The programs are primarily aimed at helping girls who come from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, and some of them live at girls-only institutes run by local charities.

Food Packs for Refugees

Mali has experienced armed conflict and political instability in the north of the country, causing displacement and stretching already scarce resources in host communities in the south.

In 2012, armed conflict and political instability in the north sent hundreds of thousands of Malians to the country’s south, further exacerbating regional food shortages.

Over 520,000 have fled northern Mali in search of safe haven in other countries, and another 330,000 have been internally displaced. Mali’s crisis has led to the collapse of public services, especially health care and education in the north.

Coming on the heels of a food crisis that sent malnutrition surging across the Sahel region, the war exacerbated food insecurity, prompting UNICEF to deploy an emergency response that continues today.

What is Muntada Aid Doing?

 Over the years, thousands of displaced due to conflict in the north are now living in camps outside of Bamako with almost zero access to food, shelter, and most of the essentials.

Muntada Aid is providing monthly food packs to 50 families living in these makeshift spaces outside Bamako.

Our monthly food packs contain the following items.

Providing Food to Vulnerable Children

The second part of our food programme is aimed at helping vulnerable children (mostly girls) living safe spaces managed by local charities in Bamako. We provide freshly cooked meals to almost 100 children living in one such space in Bamako. The aim of this project to build food security by providing regular and nutritious meals to these children within a safe space whilst they attend education and vocational programs at government-run schools and institutions.

Eye Care in Mali

Cataracts Blindness in Sub-Saharan Africa.

An estimated 5 million people are blinded by cataracts each year. Blindness affects more than 4% of the population in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the most recent estimate of the burden of visual impairment indicates that 21.4 million people are visually impaired, including 4.8 million people who are blind. Despite cost-effective solutions, such as cataract removal and the provision of eyeglasses, an extremely high proportion, estimated at 2/3, of these cases of vision impairment could have been prevented or treated.

It is estimated that regionally, just three ophthalmologists per million population are available in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Overall, there is a catastrophic shortage of professionals qualified to deliver optometry services in the region, insufficient eye health personnel in rural areas, and extremely low cataract surgical rates. Projected rates of personnel and Cataract Surgical Rates (CSR) are not expected to keep up with increasing eye health needs. The study suggests that without significant investment and appropriate action, many people will continue to unnecessarily experience avoidable and disabling vision impairment and blindness in Sub-Saharan Africa.

What is Muntada Aid Doing? 

With your support, we are declaring a fight against cataracts.
In 2023, Muntada Aid plans to carry out at least 2000 cataract surgeries in Niger, Mali, Uganda and Bangladesh. Since 2021, Muntada Aid has performed 4060 cataracts and lens replacement surgeries in these countries.

Your donation towards our Mali programme will help us provide critical services to children and vulnerable communities in this politically troubled and war-torn part of West Africa. The best way to support our programme is by setting up a monthly direct debit towards Mali appeal.

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