Diema Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


To improve production and profitability, farmers were trained on new farming techniques and provided with improved millet seeds. Farmers also learned about managing and marketing their livestock to increase family income. After two local radio stations broadcasted our awareness messages on breastfeeding and childhood nutrition, caregivers brought 356 malnourished children to health centers for treatment. 30 religious leaders and 34 peer educators were trained in HIV and AIDS awareness so they could share information on prevention and treatment and decrease the stigma against people in the community living with AIDS To improve access to clean water and sanitation, we trained volunteers to maintain and repair the hand pumps used to operate borehole wells and constructed 20 new latrines in local villages. We educated 747 children and adults on proper handwashing and boiling water to remove impurities as part of a clean water and sanitation campaign. To improve the quality of education for all children, we implemented Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) to improve reading and math skills. 39 teachers were trained on this approach and received IRI kits. IRI is a learning system that helps students interact in the classroom with radio characters and participate in activities suggested by the radio program. 153 students attended school in three new classrooms we built. Thanks to these improvements children from different grades no longer have to share a classroom. 44 community leaders attended our two-day workshop on environmental protection to help their villages adapt to climate change. 29 community leaders took part in a series of meetings that equipped them to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations

Cross-cutting issues

Advocacy, HIV&AIDS


  • Mali>Kayes


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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