Once an emerging force for democracy in West Africa, Mali has struggled in recent years to maintain governmental stability. A rebellion in 2012, followed by military intervention in the north, and regular uprisings by rebel and extremist groups throughout the country have left the nation of about 19 million people vulnerable. Conflict in Mali continues as frequent and severe droughts have added to the country’s challenges. COVID-19 has reached all areas of Mali, straining the nation’s poor healthcare system and worsening the economy.
This crisis has caused the people of Mali to seek moral men and women to serve as leaders in different areas of the government and their local communities.
Children must be taught healthy values and principles through words and the behavior of adults so that they can grow and develop them in their lives. The family no longer fulfills this role as many parents (especially fathers) are unable to be good role models for their children. As many Malian kids and teenagers are drawn to sports, the Whole Life Coach can serve the role of father-figure, demonstrating life skills and Bible-based values on and off the field.