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BNP Paribas group, through its subsidiary BICIM in Mali, has formed a partnership with Samusocial International and its local partner Samusocial Mali. By supporting the activities of Samusocial Mali, BNP Paribas group has become one of its first two private finance partners.

This partnership, which forms an integral part of the group's global approach that consists of supporting social, educational, cultural and solidarity initiatives in conjunction with the countries in which it is established, will allow Samusocial Mali to strengthen its activities in support of the street children of Bamako.

Samusocial Mali takes a mobile approach to assisting the street children. Its “backbone” is the work carried out at night by the teams bringing medical, social, educational and psychological aid to street children and young people. The daytime activities, consisting essentially of providing continuity of the work with the children and supporting partner organisations, are complementary to this and indispensable.

Medical assistance is provided by treatment offered in the mobile medical unit, or if the care required is beyond the on-site capabilities of Samusocial Mali, the children are sent to competent medical organisations. Assistance is also provided via health education discussion groups.

Psycho-social care is based mainly on individual interviews. There is great psycho-sociological heterogeneity amongst street children: the situation of each child is unique, and determined by the child's age, background, reasons for being on the street and particular difficulties. Care relationships are dependant on the confidence inspired by the Samusocial Mali childcare workers and the confidence accorded by the child. Socio-educational discussion groups are also organised to better address the concerns of the children: drug addiction, risks of economic exploitation by bosses, prostitution and the role of the pimps, internal conflicts within the gangs, dangers related to begging and thieving and so on.

About Samusocial Mali
Samusocial Mali is a Malian organisation established in 2001, which has obtained Malian NGO status. Based on a joint working practice approach, it contributes to strengthening civil society via the solutions it offers with regard to the issue of street children.

Samusocial Mali is placed under the technical supervision of the Ministry for the Promotion of Women, Children and Family Affairs and works in close collaboration with its technical departments, the National Department for the Promotion of Children and Family Affairs and the Regional Department for Women, Children and Family Affairs. Samusocial Mali also collaborates with the Ministry of Health within the framework of an agreement with the national hospitals Gabriel Touré and Point G.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 4 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in over 85 countries, with more than 168,000 employees, including 129,500 in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank's two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.

About Samusocial International
Samusocial International is a French organisation established in 1998 by Dr. Xavier Emmanuelli who, on the strength of his 5 years experience supporting the homeless people in Paris, wished to respond to the growth in the social exclusion issue in the large cities of the world. The mission of Samusocial International is to create and then support the development of locally incorporated Samusocial-type structures, in other words emergency response facilities to assist the most dissocialised people, “victims” reduced to a simple state of survival, not able or not knowing how to benefit from common law welfare services. Samusocial International consolidates local initiatives, offers training and acts as representative and guardian of the Samusocial methodology and “brand”. A centre of research and expertise and a vehicle for the exertion of international pressure, Samusocial International is today made up of 13 organisations, variously involved in assisting street children (Bamako, Ouagadougou, Dakar, Pointe-Noire, Moscow, Casablanca, Cairo), helping adults living on the streets (Bucharest, Brussels, Algiers, Cayenne, Fort-de-France), as well as supporting semi-homeless people and victims of violence, and resolving social exclusion issues (Lima).