Our corporate partners
Volvic and the Japan Committee for UNICEF
Together with Volvic and the Japan Committee for UNICEF, we are working to deliver safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in the regions of Mopti and Gao, specifically supported through the "1 litre for 10 litres" campaign. Through this campaign, Volvic provides 10 litres of potable water in Mali for every 1 litre of brand mineral water sold in Japan.
Impact of the partnership
Orange Mali Foundation
On May 31, 2008 a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Ministry of Basic Education, Literacy and National Languages (MEBALN), Orange Mali Foundation (FOM) and the United Nations Children's Fund in Mali (UNICEF Mali).
Through this collaboration, 114 classrooms, 38 offices or shops and 76 latrine units with separate areas for boys and girls were constructed in Kayes, Koulikoro, Segou and Mopti Regions. The National Forum on Education aims to make recommendations and support the efforts of the Government of Mali in achieving its goals of education for all and poverty reduction through the consolidation of basic social services.
Construction on the schools began in November 2008 at 25 sites and continued in 2009 and 2010 on 13 addditional sites. A total of 75 classrooms, 25 offices or shops and 50 latrines for girls and boys has been completed to date. 1875 school desks, 100 tables and 100 teachers’ chairs and 100 cabinets have been installed. The official presentation of these achievements to the Minister of Education, Literacy and National Languages, Prof. Salikou Sanogo, was made jointly by the UNICEF Representative Marcel Rudasingwa and the President of the Orange Mali Foundation, Mr Alioune Ndiaye, on Saturday, May 15, 2010 in the localities, and in Fono Koutienso in the region of Segou.
This collaboration follows the partnership between the French Committee for UNICEF and France Telecom and Orange Frence initiated in 2004 which has since helped achieve water points and latrine blocks in 20 boys and girls segregated schools in the Mopti Region (2005 – 2007).
IKEA- supporting child friendly schools in Mali through the global Schools For Africa campaign
The IKEA Social Initiative is UNICEF's biggest corporate partner, with commitments of more than $180 million. For more than 10 years, IKEA has supported UNICEF and children’s rights through community investments, advocacy, philanthropy, humanitarian assistance, sales of UNICEF greeting cards, cause-related marketing promotions and in-kind assistance. The mission of the IKEA Social Initiative is to improve the lives of children by fighting for their right to a healthy and secure childhood with access to quality education.
In 2009, IKEA organized its fifth Soft Toy campaign to support the ‘Schools for Africa’ campaign as well as education and protection projects in China and Russia. The UNICEF Mali Country Programme is among six countries included in this initiative in 2010. With approximately 800,000 USD, IKEA is contributing to further the quality of education in Mali, especially for girls.
Together with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF Mali has developed a model for child-friendly schools with the aim to operate in the best interest of each child. Educational materials in school back packs are provided, teachers are trained, school classrooms are constructed or renovated, and separate latrines for girls and boys and water pumps are installed. School governments, school councils and participation of the communities in the school are encouraged.