Proud to respond to a desperate need
Mali, with a population of 12 million, is one of the world’s poorest nations. Mali gained independence from France in 1960, and, although it has been a democracy since 1992, the country suffered many years of military dictatorship in the intervening time.
The poverty of Mali is apparent in every statistic. Mothers average seven children each, but three women die every hour giving birth. Many girls between the ages of 10 and 15 leave their homes in the villages to find jobs in the cities, but with little or no education, they are extremely vulnerable to rape and other abuse. Single mothers are unacceptable in African culture so the babies have to be brought up in an orphanage.
Ahmad Tea is proud to work with the ASE Mali orphanage in the capital city of Bamako, which houses around forty children up to the age of 6 and was founded by a former orphan. We have helped to pay for rent, accommodation, maintenance and food.
Improving young lives
The orphans are cared for by “Mamans Lumières” (light mothers), who work in shifts covering mornings, afternoons and nights. They do not receive any salary to perform this vital role, just transport money and food. The youngsters receive some basic medical care, courtesy of an arrangement with the Red Crescent. The orphanage has acquired some sewing machines, which have helped some of the older girls to develop their sewing skills.
We have assisted several orphans in Bamako and a further 60 impoverished students whose parents cannot work due to age or ill-health. As well as this, Ahmad Tea has helped to build a school for gifted students in the town of Segou, where the children apply and enter via a scholarship. This was followed by a futher project which involved helping build three primary schools, including those in Markacongo and Fani.
Ahmad Tea is proud to work alongside local chairities and orphanages to continue to improve young lives in Mali.