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.
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
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.
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