Association Malidéni was established in 2009 as a non-governmental, non-profit, and secular organisation with the aim of helping street children off of the streets. Today, they work with homeless children and adults, people suffering from substance abuse, victims of sexual exploitation, and prisoners. Football is used to promote positive values and to help motivate and reintegrate vulnerable people back into society.
More than 80% of the population lack adequate housing (UNDP, 2012). It is estimated that there are around 200,000 children constantly living in difficult housing circumstances. In Bamako, the census on homeless children revealed 4,348 homeless children, but unofficial estimates put the number much higher, up to 6,000 (FAFO, 2005). Internal conflict and international intervention in Mali in 2012 left around 260,000 Malians homeless (Bloomberg, 2012).