Heavy rains that started on August 24 and continued for weeks brought widespread flooding to Mali. The region of Nara was especially affected, with homes damaged, latrines and wells flooded, millet crops ruined and a health centre damaged.
The main needs have been identified as food, non-food items, water disinfectant products, temporary shelters, school supplies and clothing for children.
In order to help families meet their own basic needs and start to rebuild their lives, Islamic Relief is providing cash grants for the purchase of household supplies, from shelter materials to cooking supplies to medication. Hygiene kits will be provided to flood-affected families, with the materials that they identify as most-needed, along with sensitization sessions around best hygiene and sanitation practices.
Islamic Relief will also raise community awareness around gender-based violence and child protection issues and mobilize faith leaders to encourage behaviour change through Community Hope Action Teams.