In Djenné Cercle, Mali children dream of peace, and going home.

Over 350,000 people currently live as IDPs (Internally Displaced Person) in Mali.

Fleeing violence, Hawa had to run.

In the confusion of the chaos, she got separated from her mother.

Like many young children fleeing in the night, she ended up in a host community.

Here a family is helping her, and so are you.

When you flee with nothing, you arrive with nothing.

Everything but maybe a small backpack is left behind. And you never know when or if you will go home.

IDPs (Internally Displaced Person) require the same level of support as refugees who cross a border.

They need food, water, shelter, and medicine.

Despite all of the loss, many children talk about the loss of school, learning and their future education, they know that an education gives them the means to build a better future and they know they deserve it.

Childhood Rescue project manager, Enoque (right) sits with Hawa. She explains her need for clothes and education, so she can one day become a nurse and help people in situations like her.

Fousseni Kone

How is your gift helping children like Hawa?


Cash distributions are a big part of providing help in survival situations and are becoming the preferred method of assistance. Cash vouchers often come via a spending card, but in some remote areas, physical cash is the only method available. Families often receive between $50 and $80 USD for a month.

Top reasons cash works...

  • It is designated, for specific needs, such as food, medicine and basic essentials
  • Keeps money local, supports local economy
  • Promotes agency and choice
  • Cash can help encourage participation in other support activities

Despite all of the tragedy and unknowns, Hawa is determined to study and find a way to become a nurse. She sits here enjoying some local grapes, purchased using the cash distributed to her and the host family.

Around the world, children like Hawa live amidst the cruel realities of conflict, war and disaster.

But they are resilient and determined to build a future and your gift is helping them do that.

What can I do?

Here's three ways for you to go a little deeper - chat, act or share!

  1. 1

    Ask a Question

    Got something you don't quite understand? Ask a question and we'll get you an answer direct from our amazing project staff.

    Ask Away
  2. 2


    Every gift makes a difference. Our Childhood Rescue fund helps children living in the world’s most dangerous places.

    Donate Now
  3. 3

    Share on Social Media

    Raising awareness is vital. Help make people aware of the situation and the difference we can make, together.

Learn More


Eighty per cent of brain development happens in the first three years of a child’s life. World Vision’s Early Childhood Development programmes are unique because we take a holistic approach to education and integrate nutrition, health and economic development work to bolster children’s learning skills.

World Vision’s Early Childhood Development Centre in the Afghani village of Kabarzan is providing opportunities for the community like:

  • Learning to read and write for more than 30 children
  • Developing good health habits to prevent the spread of disease
  • Skill training for mothers, who also learn about women's rights and the detrimental effects of child marriage, which are all too common in the region