Mauritania | INTERSOS

MAURITANIA

INTERSOS INTERVENTION

INTERSOS has been active in Mauritania since 2009. Currently our focus is on providing assistance to Malian refugees in the Mberra camps and host communities in the villages of the Bassikounou district, with protection activities for women and children at risk of violence or abuse, construction and management of schools and children’s centres and community services. Our projects are based on a community approach, according to which the refugee community is involved as much as possible in the various aspects of life in the camp. This includes the planning, implementation and management of assistance activities. In schools and children’s centres, the teachers, parents and volunteers are involved in the management and the activities. In the Senegal River valley, INTERSOS has also implemented a project to facilitate land access for farmers and herders organized in local cooperatives.

HIGHLIGHTS

5.749

CHILDREN SERVED BY THE SCHOOL CANTEEN (2016)

264

UNACCOMPAINED MINORS ASSISTED (2016)

3.914

RECEPTION SPACES FOR CHILDREN (2016)

3.009

PERSONS ASSISTED WITH LEGAL OR PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICES (2016)

123

REHABILITATED CLASSROOMS (2016)

18.784

MINORS WITH ACCESS TO QUALITY PRIMARY EDUCATION (2016)

47.661

TOTAL ASSISTED PERSONS (2016)

7

NUMBER OF PROJECTS (2016)

CONTEXT

Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its territory is almost completely deserted, with an ethnically diverse population with strong contrasts and social disparities. Of its 3.8 million inhabitants, more than 450,000 people are in need of humanitarian aid.
The conflict that began in Mali in 2012 forced millions of people to seek shelter in neighbouring countries, including Mauritania. More than 52,000 people crossed the border to find protection from the Malian conflict and poured into the Mberra camp in southwestern Mauritania, where INTERSOS is focusing its intervention. The likelihood of exposure to drought risks remains high throughout the country and is linked to socioeconomic factors such as the development and fair access to basic social services.

 

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