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Case Study: An aid project in an LEDC
Mali, officially the Republic of Mali is a country in
West Africa. Its size is just 480,000 sq miles with a
population of 14.5 million. Its capital is Bamako.
Type of aid: WATERAID
1 in 8 of the world's population don't have access
to safe water
2/5 of the world's population don't have access to
One child every 20 seconds dies from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor
This is the same as 160 infant school classrooms lost every single day to an entirely
preventable health crisis.
WaterAid has reached 14.38 million people with safe water since 1981
Last year WaterAid reached 940,000 people with safe water and 1.24 million people with
Why is this aid needed?
Rainfall is low in the country and decreasing every year. Due to low amount of rainfall it is
very desert like. Also Mali is one of the poorest nations in the world so can't afford the
appropriate technology to access clean water.
How does the aid work?
WaterAid was established in 1981
1. It provides clean water and sanitation
services to the poorest people.
2. WaterAid funds the areas water network.
3. WaterAid trains local people to manage
and maintain the system and raise money
to keep it operational.
4. Investing in education programmes to continue their own development into the
future, thus making the project sustainable.
In urban areas our partners are helping to establish communal tapstands that are linked to
the city's main water supplies. Community members pay a small amount to buy their water
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In rural areas WaterAid's projects focus on helping communities to deepen and protect
handdug wells and fit them with either handpumps or buckets and windlasses to ensure
that the water is not contaminated. When possible, broken handpumps are also mended.
How has it helped?
Significant improvements in the health of the community
Reduced number of deaths caused by diarrhoeal diseases by 65%.
Reduced number of child deaths. A child dies every 17 seconds for diseases associated
with unsafe water.…read more