Our work in Mali
Tearfund has been working in Mali for more than two decades, focusing on bringing about holistic transformation in communities where the need is greatest. Our vision for the country is to release hundreds of people from poverty through a strong and effective network of local churches.
Church and Community Transformation
We are promoting a process called Church and Community Transformation (CCT) with 400 churches across Mali. The churches learn how to lead development projects in their communities – bringing benefits such as business training and clean water and adequate sanitation, and helping communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
Environmental and Economic Sustainability
Over 10,000 people have benefited from projects aiming to promote a sustainable economy and environment.
In terms of environmental sustainability, over 8,947 trees have been planted and 300 households have received bins to enable them to safely dispose of or recycle their waste. Two waste management centres have been built to improve waste management and protect the environment.
Overall, our efforts for sustainable agriculture have seen more than 360 households start using organic rather than chemical fertilisers, which can improve harvests as well as protect the environment.
We have actively raised awareness of the need for people to live together in the land peacefully with 196 community leaders, and 95 community and religious leaders have been trained to use the Do Not Harm tool. This involves making peace with oneself, then with close contacts, and then with the wider community. This tool has proven effective in preventing conflicts and promoting reconciliation.
Ending sexual and gender-based violence
The fight against sexual and gender-based violence has been central in our work. Our local partners have been providing trauma counselling and access to healthcare for women and girls who have experienced female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C). We are also equipping churches to educate their communities and help them find ways to prevent further FGM/C.
We are quick to respond when disasters strike, providing emergency food packages, cash assistance and essential supplies. For example, 200 displaced families received assistance after floods forced them from their homes, and over 5,000 households received help as part of our coronavirus response work.