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Mali: Schools and water project

Children listen to their teacher in a classroom in the village of Intedeyne. Photo: Ami Vitale

Who will benefit?

10,300 children will benefit from good school facilities, safe water supplies and better quality teaching

25 communities will be healthier thanks to improved water facilities and hygiene promotion activities

Mali's Gao and Koulikoro regions have some of the lowest school enrolment and retention rates in the country. That's why Oxfam is working with local communities to help ensure their children enjoy the quality education they deserve.

In Mali, more than 50% of children do not go to school, and a vast majority of adults are illiterate. Poor school facilities, untrained teachers, inadequate sanitation and rampant water-borne diseases remain the norm in the rural parts of the country, despite ambitious government plans. This, however, can change. With your support, we can improve school buildings, train teachers and provide safe water, helping communities to get a better education and work their way out of poverty.

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About the project

The overall aim is to help communities adapt to changing weather patterns and build resilience to climate-related pressures. A combination of supporting activities will enable the poorest households to meet their needs all year round. The project, which builds on Oxfam's experience of working in Malawi for over 20 years, covers ten vulnerable communities (100 villages) in Balaka and Blantyre rural districts. Working closely with the district government and Oxfam's long-term partner Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission (BSHDC), the project will demonstrate 'model' approaches to climate adaptation that can be replicated on a much wider scale.

Project aims

  • Improve farmers' incomes and agricultural production to ensure reliable food supplies by supporting them to grow more drought-resistant crops.
  • Promote better land and water management by developing irrigation systems and providing training in soil and water conservation techniques.
  • Strengthen livelihoods and provide new ways to generate income by distributing livestock, diversifying crops and establishing a village savings and loan scheme.
  • Enable communities to identify climate risks, prepare action plans, and understand and implement disaster risk reduction measures.

How we are helping

 Goats are one of the main means of survival here. Goats easily reproduce even under drought conditions, so given two goats, I'm sure they can easily reproduce within a short period and help me and my children to survive in this area.

Patrick Nsonda lives in the village of Kunthembwe, with his wife and six children. He relies heavily on rain to grow his crops and he is finding it hard to produce enough food and earn enough income to sustain his family. He is expected to be one of the project beneficiaries and is looking forward to receiving a goat.

Project aims

  • Provide good school facilities and supply safe water and sanitation facilities so fewer children drop out of school through sickness.

  • Raise the quality of education by training teachers and supporting their development.

  • Work with teachers, mothers' associations and school committees to keep children - particularly girls - in school.

  • Support communities to play an active part in school management and governing, and petition the authorities for greater support.

Construct 6 water points - £8,000Provide hygiene promotion kits for 10 schools - £5,000

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping communities in rural Malawi adapt to changing climate conditions and feed themselves all year round. Get in touch to find out how you can help

(if applicable)

Individual donors:

Chelsea Birkby -
01865 472832

Trusts and Foundations:

Julian Kosh - 
01865 472458


Inma Andres -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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