Happy Friday, dear readers! Today, I want to introduce you to our one and only sponsor child in Mali. This is Goundo Hamidou from Diema, Mali and she is 4 years old. She is an only child and apparently loves Hide and Seek.
For those of you that don’t know, we sponsor 220 kids across 5 different countries. For perspective, 210 of those are located in Senegal. I’ll let Brian tell you all why Senegal really rested on his heart and the hearts of this team, but needless to say, Abenity is making a HUGE impact there. That being said, because of World Vision’s model, any time we sponsor a child, we also sponsor their community – so whether it’s 1 child or 200, we are making a positive impact on many people around those kids, too.
Let’s learn a little bit about the community in which Goundo lives.
First, it’s important to know that Mali is considered 1 of the 5 least developed countries in the world. As we’ve learned in the past, Senegal is quite stable, which allows World Vision to make significant investments in the future of those communities. Think of it this way: a solid foundation makes building a house a lot easier. In Mali, however, things are not quite as stable. For the last couple of years, violence has been rampant in the northern and central regions of the country. The lack of safety and reliable resources has forced many residents to move to the southern region of Mali which, in turn, has strained the resources in that area, too. What does that look like?
– Schools closing
– Lack of access to basic government services
– Lack of food security brought on by over-saturation
– High rates of unemployment
– Further safety concerns for children
So, how do our donations help? What is World Vision doing in Mali?
First and foremost, all donations to Mali make their way to the most vulnerable children and families, like Goundo. Next, WV partnered with Mali’s First Lady to launch a national campaign to end child marriage. Finally, when the violence in the center of the country worsened in 2018, WV reached over 400,000 vulnerable people with assistance they needed to survive – like food, water, and hygiene kits. Huge numbers like that often make us forget that these are real people, just like you and I. So, rather than thinking about a group of 400,000 people that got their basic needs meet, think instead of 400,000 individuals, whole families just like yours, whose lives were forever impacted for the better by WV (and by us!). These aren’t just statistics, these are people – just like you, just like me, and just like Goundo.
Challenge: How many people live in your city? In my city, Nashville, there are almost 700,000 people. Now imagine that 57% of your city needed immediate, emergency supplies…and someone actually showed up to help provide that. It’s almost hard to imagine, right? That’s the kind of impact World Vision had in Mali in 2018. Amazing!