Opportunity for All partners with buildOn to construct schools in Mali. Our first school in Mali was completed in the summer of 2010. and we have built 9 schools to date.

The 5th poorest country in the world according to the UN’s Human Development Index, Mali also suffers from one of the globe’s lowest literacy rates at 31.1%, and only 20.3% for females. Economic development has been a challenge due to the abundance of subsistence farmers in the nation whose livelihood is continually threatened by drought and wavering crop prices.

Since 1998, buildOn has constructed more than 202 schools in the Sikasso and Segou regions of Mali, comprising 480 classrooms and 320 latrines. Collectively, buildOn’s Mali schools have the capacity for roughly 24,000 students annually, as well as adults who participate in literacy, health, and income-generating classes through our Adult Literacy Program.

BuildOn constructs reinforced pillar-and-beam permanent schools with cement blocks and corrugated zinc roof sheeting. All buildOn schools are government standard in size and recognized by the Malian Ministry of Education. BuildOn is a registered international non-governmental organization (NGO) in Mali.

For general information about Mali, please look at the following:

Wikipedia, Mali
U.S. Department of State, Mali
CIA Factbook, Mali
Unicef, Mali