Burkina Faso Map

Burkina Faso Map Burkina Faso map shown highlights the major cities in Burkina Faso. Ouagadougou is at the center of the Burkina Faso map, and is the capital city of Burkina Faso. The Burkina Faso map also shows the surrounding countries of Burkina Faso: Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.
Burkina Faso

Urban Region

  • Women and girls often carry large containers or plates on their heads from which they sell vegetables or other items in the street. Women and girls often carry large containers or plates on their heads from which they sell vegetables or other items in the street.
  • Registered children learn proper hygiene such as washing their hands at their Compassion center, which keeps common diseases at bay. Registered children learn proper hygiene such as washing their hands at their Compassion center, which keeps common diseases at bay.
  • Because Compassion pays for registered children's tuition, they are ensured an education. Because Compassion pays for registered children's tuition, they are ensured an education.
  • In areas where malaria is prevalent, Compassion provides netting to put over children's beds to keep mosquitoes out at night. In areas where malaria is prevalent, Compassion provides netting to put over children's beds to keep mosquitoes out at night.
  • Families in Burkina Faso's impoverished urban areas sometimes live right next to dumps. Families in Burkina Faso's impoverished urban areas sometimes live right next to dumps.
  • Sponsored children regularly write to their sponsors. And they are so encouraged when they receive letters back from their sponsors. Sponsored children regularly write to their sponsors. And they are so encouraged when they  receive letters back from their sponsors.
  • Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand. Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand.
 
BURKINA FASO OVERVIEW

Population

18,365,123

Religion

Muslim

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Urban Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Overview
  • The main urban centers in Burkina Faso are Ouagadougou, the capital city, and Bobo-Dioulasso, the economic heart of the country.
  • In recent years rural immigrants have flocked to these cities in search of work, swelling slums and the number of job seekers and stressing public services. Most immigrants lack formal education or professional skills.
  • Many children living in these areas can’t go to school because there aren’t enough public schools and private schools are too expensive.
  • Every day thousands of children are in the streets shining shoes, working in bicycle repair shops, pushing rickshaws, or selling water for their employers.
  • Girls go door-to-door with large plates on their heads selling fruits and vegetables to support their families.
  • In addition, female genital mutilation is still claiming victims among young girls.
COMMUNITY
Burkina Faso Community
Issues and Concerns
  • In 2009, Ouagadougou was hit by severe flooding, which forced 150,000 people out of their homes. Many families still live in ramshackle shelters in squatter camps on the city’s outskirts.
  • Burkina Faso is in the midst of a polio outbreak. Despite aggressive vaccination campaigns, Burkina Faso hosts an unusually contagious strain of the virus.
  • Chronic malnutrition is one of the most pervasive health concerns for Burkina Faso children.
  • Urban Burkina Faso medical centers are flooded with cases of malnutrition, particularly near the end of the growing season, when food is most scarce and farmers are waiting for harvest.
Local Needs and Challenges

Persistent drought

This serious problem affects most of the crops, and food supplies have been devastated.

Malnutrition

Compassion centers throughout Burkina Faso report cases of malnutrition among children, especially around the capital city of Ouagadougou.

Unemployment

Many people in the capital are unemployed because so many have migrated there looking for work.

Other challenges

Child trafficking is a huge threat. Malaria and meningitis are serious health concerns. Housing is typically inadequate. Children’s school fees are often too costly for many parents.

EDUCATION
Burkina Faso education
Schools and Education
  • Not many Burkinabe receive a formal education. Only about 30 percent of the adult population can read or write.
  • Only about one-third of Burkina Faso children are enrolled in elementary school. Most schools are in cities.
  • Some tribal practices bar children, particularly girls, from school. Girls under 15 are frequently forced into early marriage and out of the school system.
  • Pervasive poverty also dictates that children work, sometimes performing grueling labor in mines, rather than attend school.

Compassion Burkina Faso works to ensure that every registered child is able to attend school, and it provides additional support, including tutoring, at the child development centers.

At the Compassion Child Development Center

Child development centers provide registered children with a place to learn, grow and study.

Children whose families have never been able to offer them clean water, health care or an education now have access to these necessities.

Compassion-assisted children attend health classes, tutoring sessions and Bible studies at the center.

They also spend time writing to and praying for their sponsors.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing real help and hope to impoverished children in urban Burkina Faso, providing:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • education reinforcement, especially for girls. Compassion believes that a child’s place is in a classroom, where he or she can prepare for a better future rather than laboring to help meet their families’ financial needs.
  • programs to help partner churches actively combat all forms of abuse and exploitation of children for commercial or economic purposes
  • school tuition, which eases parents’ economic burden and ensures children’s education and the promise of a brighter future
  • parent education, including training in income-generating activities that will enable them to better meet the needs of their families