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National partner profile: Mali

Association Malidéni

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Association Malidéni was established in 2009 as a non-governmental, non-profit, and secular organisation with the aim of helping street children off of the streets. Today, they work with homeless children and adults, people suffering from substance abuse, victims of sexual exploitation, and prisoners. Football is used to promote positive values and to help motivate and reintegrate vulnerable people back into society.

Football is used both as a means and as an end. They use its power to reintegrate street children and homeless people back into society, but they also promote it as the nation’s favourite sport, including many of its variants (beach football, futsal, etc.). Their other activities are related to literacy education, health services and AIDS/HIV prevention, fighting poverty, promotion of humanitarian work, and promotion of sustainable economic, social, and environmental development.

They work with the Ministry of Social Affairs, community health centres, counselling centres, and with an NGO Samu Social Mali. They have also established partnerships with local football clubs and their training centres Salif Kéïta and Djoliba Ac in order to provide the most skilled players with training and professional opportunities.

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Mission statement

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The mission of Association Malidéni is to improve the lives of homeless people, reintegrate them into their social environment, train them for employment, instill in them the values of sport, and find a football club for the most skilled players.

Football is the best way to reach even the most marginalised people.

Goals for the future

Capacity Expansion

To expand on-field projects five-fold

Social Inclusion

To raise awareness about homelessness

Housing

To find foster families for street children

Education

To offer vulnerable children education, particularly in terms of literacy, and to train their supervisors

Health Education

To contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS

Sustainability

To contribute to sustainable development of communities and to help protect the environment in Mali

Additional information

Partner since

2015

Football Activities

They run training sessions every fortnight, monthly football tournaments, and provide access to professional football clubs for talented participants.

Non-football services

Association Malidéni provide access to education, health services and AIDS/HIV prevention, and skills training, and facilitate the search for foster families for street children.

Participants challenges

Juvenile delinquency, crime, substance abuse, sexual exploitation, and lack of access to education and employment

Organisation challenges

The outbreak of Ebola severely hindered organisation’s activities. Currently, their main challenge is the construction of a multidisciplinary center that will include a residential and counselling centre, a clinic, a library, vocational training workshops, and administrative offices.

Country challenges

Since January 2012, Mali has been suffering from internal political conflict which has caused a major humanitarian crisis. According to the UNHCR, 400,000 people have been displaced or have fled to neighbouring countries which already struggle to provide enough resources for their own populations (Fair Observer, 2012).

Homlessness definition

The definition of homelessness in Mali is restricted to street children only, who are defined as any minor and urban resident, under the age of 18, who spends all his time on the street, either working or not, and maintains little or no relationship with his parents, guardians, or other persons responsible for his care or protection. The street remains the exclusive and permanent part of street child's life and the source of his livelihood. Street means any place other than a family or a host institution, including buildings, yards, and sidewalks (Article 60 of the Code of Child Protection).

Homelessness Statistics

More than 80% of the population lack adequate housing (UNDP, 2012). It is estimated that there are around 200,000 children constantly living in difficult housing circumstances. In Bamako, the census on homeless children revealed 4,348 homeless children, but unofficial estimates put the number much higher, up to 6,000 (FAFO, 2005). Internal conflict and international intervention in Mali in 2012 left around 260,000 Malians homeless (Bloomberg, 2012).

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