Zakat Foundation in Mali

Mali, a landlocked country in West Africa, is among the 25 poorest countries in the world. Sixty-five percent of Mali’s land area is either desert or semi-desert. More than half of the population in Mali does not have access to clean drinking water. Its low level of agricultural production and its high vulnerability to drought makes the country one of the most undeniable cases for humanitarian assistance in the world.

Due to an outbreak of widespread armed conflict in 2012 conditions in Mali have steadily worsened. Over 175,000 children under the age of five are threatened with acute malnutrition. Many more suffer from water-related diseases, such as cholera, which can have deadly consequences in a country not equipped to handle this water-borne disease.

There are over 290,000 refugees and IDPs from Mali due to the conflict that erupted in early 2012. Repatriation for Malian refugees is questionable at this point as the crisis in Mali continues.

Zakat Foundation of America maintains a national office in Mali where it coordinates a number of programs in the West Africa region. These include restoration and renovation work for schools, the modernization of hospitals, emergency food provisions for refugees and those affected by drought, and seasonal giving programs for Ramadan and Udhiya/Qurbani.

Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center

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