The country of Mauritania continues to be affected by political instability and regional insecurity. The presence of armed groups in northern Mali has led to the displacement of tens of thousands into Mauritania, and an increase in military activity in the border area.
Opposition political parties in support of political reforms regularly demonstrate and cause civil unrest in the capital and other major cities.
The 2011-2012 Sahel drought affected more than 800,000 people in Mauritania causing widespread food insecurity and malnutrition.
What we’re doing in Mauritania
As the LWF partners with the people of Mauritania, we engage in both long-term development assistance and humanitarian action. We work through local partners and communities to support locally owned livelihood development, disaster risk reduction and preparedness, and health awareness.
We help women to achieve their rights and provide support for those who are most vulnerable like pregnant and lactating mothers. We develop initiatives for improved stoves and solar energy to reduce reliance on scarce natural resources.
As we save lives and the meet basic needs of refugees, we provide support through shelter projects, household items, and increased access to water. In addition, we empower people through relevant and timely assistance like cash transfers.