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Welcome to Kita, Mali

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Thank you for partnering with Kita in Mali, West Africa! Because of you, this community is on a journey of hope from poverty to development. Through regular updates and pictures you’ll be able to see the difference your sponsorship is making in the lives of the children and families who live here.

Kita is one of the poorest communities in Mali. Remote and rural, it offers almost no modern conveniences for families, no clinics nearby, no wells or decent schools. Half the population lives in extreme poverty on less than a dollar a day, while life expectancy is 54 years and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world.

But with your support, this picture is changing. Through sustainable investments in education, health, clean water and nutrition, children and families are getting access to the basic tools they need to escape poverty.

Community-led change is at the heart of what we do. We invest in infrastructure, like schools, clinics, and wells, but above all we invest in people, ensuring that they are in the drivers seat of their own development, today and for generations to come.

We know you’ll be inspired by this journey. To keep you updated, we’ll be sending you quarterly emails, so to ensure they reach your inbox (and are not caught in a spam filter), please add info@plancanada.ca to your address book or safe sender list. You are changing the lives of over 80,000 men, women and children in Kita. Thank you!

Why Kita, Mali?

Location: Covering 35,000 sq km in western Mali

People: 54% of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day.

Main subsistence: Farming

Plan impact: Over 80,000 men, women and children

Education

  • Less than 10% of the population has access to early childhood education
  • 20% of children do not enrol in primary school
  • Primary school completion rates are low at 48% (male 52%, female 44%)

Maternal and child health

  • Average distance to nearest healthcare centre is 15 km
  • Access to maternal and child health care is inadequate, leading to a high infant mortality rate (176 deaths per 1000 live births) and maternal mortality rate (540 deaths per 100,000 live births)
  • 50% take place at home without a skilled health professional

Water and sanitation

  • 40% of the population has no access to water, sanitation or hygiene services
  • Average distance to the nearest water pump is 12 km
  • Diarrhea accounts for 18% of child death under the age of 5

Nutrition

  • Typical diet is rice and millet (a grain)
  • 19% of infants are born moderately to severely underweight
  • 74% of pregnant mothers and 82% of children under 5 are anemic

Community Sponsorship FAQ's

  • What is Community Sponsorship?

  • What types of projects am I helping to fund in Kita?

  • What is the difference between Child Sponsorship and Community Sponsorship?

  • Why are email addresses mandatory for community sponsors?

  • What kind of correspondence will I get with Community Sponsorship?

  • When will I receive my first update?

  • Can I write to the children and families in the community?

  • Can I visit my community?

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