standards. In fact
Mali is one of the 25 poorest countries in the world, let alone Africa.
Life expectancy for its 13.44 million people is under 50yrs and 80% of its population rely on subsistence farming and fishing in a country where 65% of the land is either desert or semi-desert. Despite being a mainly Muslim country there are tens of thousands of AIDS orphans (Muslim countries tend, generally, to have much lower rates of the virus) and
the streets of cities such as Bamako are home to thousands of abandoned children.
There are a number of volunteer work opportunities in Mali
however they tend to be of a specialist nature rather than general volunteering. For example volunteer projects are always on the look out for trained health care professionals and those with
experience of helping develop sustainable farming and irrigation projects.
If you run or
know of a volunteer work project in Mali let us know
by contacting us here. We look forward
to hearing from you!