Support and assistance with parenting for vulnerable families in Mali

Support and assistance with parenting for vulnerable families in Mali

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Help reduce the phenomenon of children and families living on the street in Bamako and the surrounding region.


There are multiple, unconnected causes of the phenomenon of children and their families living on the streets in Mali; these causes are usually economic, social and cultural. There is a noticeable inclination towards disintegration of the family unit and the bonds of solidarity, erosion of the authority of the head of the family, or, in some cases, relinquishment by parents of their role as educators. Many women, without regular work, often illiterate and untrained; mothers preferring to beg, or leaving their children to fend for themselves in order to look for work. These are perhaps a few of the reasons that create the downward spiral that leads a child to live on the street. This is why Secours Enfants Familles want to prevent this phenomenon by specialising in the support and help with parenting for families living on the street.


  • Support for parents in their role as educators
  • Improve socio-professional reintegration of at-risk parents


  • 200 at-risk families
  • 120 children living on the street between 0 and 12 years of age

Local partners

Secours Enfants Familles is an organisation specialising in support and assistance with parenting for families living on the street. It’s an innovative approach in Mali that ASEF wants to implement through its qualified members.


  • Set up street forays to meet families
  • Produce a survey and studies on family difficulties
  • Set up a reception centre to allow educational exchanges between parents and leaders 
  • Organise downtime periods promoting educational re-engagement of parents 
  • Develop literacy sessions for mothers
  • Guide women towards training centres or artisans

Expected impacts

  • 200 families contacted in the streets or referred by local authorities
  • These families benefit from support and assistance with parenting on an educational level, through registration of 120 children enrolled in day nurseries or schools and educational activities
  • 50 families receive social and economic support and assistance


Mathieu Lebas

E-mail: Mathieu.lebas(at)

Tel: +33 (0)1 44 14 72 68


Support for vulnerable families € 93,918
Support, monitoring, evaluation € 9,400
Administrative costs € 7,232
TOTAL € 110,550
Secours Enfants Familles € 20,000
Apprentis d'Auteuil Switzerland € 20,000
Funding sought € 70,550
TOTAL € 110,550
Apprentis d’Auteuil is a deeply committed catholic foundation, recognized as promoting the public interest in France and in more than 50 countries. Thanks to the expertise and experience of the foundation and their partners, Apprentis d’Auteuil have been able to supervise more than 23.000 children in France and almost 20.000 children and families worldwide. Its main goal is to help youth in difficulty by conducting educational projects and to boost their ability to participate in society as full-fledged citizens by promoting training and insertion programs worldwide. In addition to their actions towards helping vulnerable children, Apprentis d’Auteuil and their partners assist struggling parents in their family obligations, with coeducation as the guiding principle. The key purpose is to improve the management of children under their care and to enable them to grow as free and responsible adults. To make a donation for education – Please contact the foundation for underprivileged children Apprentis d’Auteuil.