ADCS designed a school feeding program for children in Sahel that would provide three meals a day. Feeding programs have proven to not just reduce hunger among primary schoolchildren, but to promote and create educational opportunities for all, particularly girls in developing countries. The Sub-Saharan country of Mali does not have a government policy to provide adequate feeding programs for schoolchildren like school breakfast, lunches, summer and weekend feeding programs, or a nutrition for primary schoolchildren. The nutrition gap is partially filled by the Word Bank, UN, charitable agencies and non-profit organizations.
Research has shown that schoolchildren need at least a healthy breakfast, followed by a noon meal in order to be attentive enough to study and learn. Education among children in Timbuktu has been disrupted by conflicts and food insecurity over the years and the violence has forced teachers to flee, which deprived thousands of children from access to education. More than 380,000 children aged 7 to 15 remain out of school in insecure regions, such as Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal.
Children in the north of Mali are among the most vulnerable in the Sahel regions, confronting a number of issues like food and nutrition crisis from the prolonged drought, but also displacement and the effects of armed conflict in the north. The net enrollment rate for the primary school cycle at a national level is around 60.1%, which is below the average when compared to Sub-Saharan Africa, and this number is lower in other parts of the country like Mopti, Timbuktu and Kidal etc. where rates are below 50%.
Low school attendance is deteriorated by frequent unfavorable climatic conditions in the country, food insecurity, and vulnerability, which affect nearly 40% of the population, and malnutrition which 43.3% of children suffer from.
ADCS Education interests:
Adult literacy and learning
School Feeding Programs ( breakfast, lunch and a take home meal )
Summer and Weekend Feeding Programs
School Construction Project
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS
In 1991 Mali has chosen to develop a community health system in which the population uses decentralized health structures, as recommended by the policy. The country has seen a considerable increase in the number of community health centres, which contributes enormously in the Sahel health care systems. However, they face numerous challenges that may make the work of these community health centres difficult. The government policy illustrated that the community would be involved in financing and management of CSCOMs, cost recovery, equitable access to health care, and essential medicines. The latest UNICEF 2013 data shows that overall utilisation of health services remains low in Mali, both at the village and CSCOM level, as a result of financial barriers.
ADCS collaborates with these community health centers (CSCOM) and provides resources to meet the needs at a local level. The (CSCOMs) are run by association de sante communautaire, which is a national non-profit organization.
SOLAR - Powered Water Distribution
Solar pump represents a source of hope for Sahel communities, which provides access to safe drinking water. In addition, it allows Sahel communities to have a garden potager, live healthy and to halt desertification. The region is heavily affected by the realities of climate change, droughts and erratic rains. Many Sahel communities continue to collect water from wells and expose the people to harmful diseases.
Our organization tries to address the water issue in the Sahel communities. We the help of donors, we hope to install solar-powered water distribution systems which gives access to safe drinking water.
Gourma Biosphere Reserve
The government of Mali recently approved a legislation that would extend Mali elephant reserve in the Gourma. The bill is known as Gourma Biosphere Reserve, which was adopted on May 27, 2020 by the Malian Council of Ministers. However, the actual legislation of the Gourma Elephant Biodiversity Reserve was classified by Law No. 59/AL/RS of December 30, 1959. The area covers 1.25 million hectares, while the Gourma consist of three regions (Mopti, Timbuktu and Gao) covering more than 80 million hectares.
Presently, the Gourma is the main place in the Sahel where elephants may be found. The elephants of Gourma are Loxodonta Africana, which are a desert-adapted species of African elephants. Their area suffers insecurity which makes the elephant population vulnerable to poaching.
Poaching and climate changes reduced significantly the number of Gourma elephants, there is an estimation of 350 remaining elephants. The Gourma elephant population continues to experience threats which may include high temperatures, sand storms, water shortages, conversion of elephant habitat to agriculture, deforestation of wooded savannah, bush fires, concurrent lack of conservation, and a scientific interest.
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