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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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
- 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?
Plan Canada’s Community Sponsorship is an impactful way to help communities develop the tools and learn the skills to be self-sufficient in order to provide for their children and future generations. Your contributions are supporting community-based, holistic solutions including gender equality, clean water, accessible health care, basic education and microfinance opportunities within a specific community.
What types of projects am I helping to fund in Kita?
Through Community Sponsorship, you are supporting a holistic, community-based solution that will provide access to education, reduce child and maternal mortality, provide clean water and proper nutrition to improve the quality of life for children and their families in Kita, Mali.
Your contributions are helping children and their families by:
- Providing access to early childhood education by constructing early learning centres
- Improving primary education by rehabilitating classrooms, providing teaching materials and supplies and training teachers
- Reducing maternal and child mortality rates by rehabilitating health centres and providing life-saving medical equipment
- Preventing diseases and malnutrition by improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities and education on proper nutrition.
What is the difference between Child Sponsorship and Community Sponsorship?
Contributions for both go toward child-centred development projects, but Child Sponsorship dollars are pooled and used to fund projects in multiple communities, whereas Community Sponsorship dollars fund projects in a specific community.
Why are email addresses mandatory for community sponsors?
Email is a quick and cost-effective way for Plan to pass field reports, stories and photos of progress from the community to its sponsors. It helps Plan keep costs low, directing more money to programs benefiting children, and helps donors see the impact of their dollars in action.
What kind of correspondence will I get with Community Sponsorship?
You will receive a welcome package in about one month. After this you will receive field updates on the progress of the community through email on a quarterly basis. Donors will also have the opportunity to visit this website, which will be updated with stories and photos of children and families in the community to demonstrate how contributions are impacting the community.
When will I receive my first update?
Within 12 weeks, and every 3 months after that.
Can I write to the children and families in the community?
Online Community Sponsorship updates allow Plan to send more frequent and cost-efficient updates to our donors. Instead of sending individual child updates to each donor, Plan will update all community sponsors on the progress in the community and the impact that it has had on our featured families. In order to keep our administration costs down, there is no correspondence between community sponsors and the community at this time.
Can I visit my community?
Absolutely! In fact we encourage you to visit! It’s a life-changing experience to visit the children and families and witness the difference your donations are making for an entire community. Please contact us 10 weeks in advance of a visit so we can make the necessary preparations for you.
If you would like to visit the community, please call us at 1-800-387-1418 and a Donor Support Representative will help to answer your questions, provide the forms you need to complete, and get you started on the process of preparing for the trip of a lifetime.
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