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Welcome toBarouéli, Mali

Children running into a newly build preschool Children running into a newly build preschool

Mali is home to the famous city of Timbuktu and West Africa's longest river, the Niger. But it's also home to some of the poorest people in the world, with the majority living on less than a dollar a day.

Some startling facts include:

  • Employment and economic opportunities are hard to come by, and those youth of working age are largely unemployed, without the skills or business training that could lead to work
  • Those able to make a living do so by farming, raising livestock and fishing in the Niger river
  • More than 1/3 of children who are of school age, are not in school.

For the children and families in Barouéli, these facts are a reality of life. But with your generosity you are helping bring sustainable change.

Your support is part of a holistic, community-based solution that will bring gender equality, clean water, accessible health care and education to the children and families of Barouéli. With your help, the people of Barouéli will acquire the tools and the know-how to transform their lives and stop the cycle of poverty that has gripped them for so many generations.

Facts about Barouéli

Boys studying in Baroueli


The literacy rate in many parts of Barouéli is as low as 1.5 per cent. It's hard to change that when teachers are not adequately trained and classrooms are packed to the brim with more than 60 students. Most of the schools in Barouéli are built of mud bricks and plant stalks, which are no match for the area's annual rainy season.

  • Early childhood development centres are non-existent in most of Barouéli's villages.
  • Average classroom size is 64 students.
  • Many of the schools are destroyed during the rainy season and need to be rebuilt each year.
Girls playing in Baroueli

Gender equality

Life is a struggle for everyone living in Barouéli, especially for the women and girls. Opportunities to earn an income are even fewer for women, their status is considered less than men or boys, and they are the first to be removed from school due to demands at home. Gender-based discrimination is rampant.

  • A disproportionate number of households are headed by females, with household responsibilities unequally divided.
  • Early childhood marriage, gender-based violence on the way to school and in the schoolyard, and a school environment that is unfavourable to girls results in poor female enrolment and attendance.
  • Illiteracy rates for female youth are particularly high, at 17 per cent.
Medical clinic in Baroueli


The child mortality rate in Mali is among the highest in the world. Most babies born in Barouéli are delivered at home, in mud huts that expose both the mother and the newborn to disease. The delivery is often without the help of skilled attendants and mothers and babies do not receive adequate post-natal care.

  • Many remote villages in Barouéli are more than 25 km from the nearest health clinic.
  • Medical clinics in the area are in urgent need of new medical equipment and supplies.
Drawing water from a well in Baroueli

Water and sanitation

Most people living in Barouéli do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. The community water sources are mostly broken or in disrepair, or simply too far away.

  • The majority of schools in the community do not have wells or separate latrines, which leads to poor female enrolment and increases the spread of disease among students.
  • Many of Barouéli's villages have poor sanitation levels, increasing exposure to diseases such as typhoid and malaria. Rainy season intensifies the issue.
  • The latrines the community does have access to are made of mud bricks and mud floors, a perfect breeding ground for malaria-infected mosquitoes.

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