UPDATE: Jan. 7, 2010 - The fire in Sapone, Burkina Faso, that destroyed the marketplace was started by local children (not Compassion-assisted children) playing with small sticks of dynamite.
The two child development centers with affected children are about one kilometer from where the fire occurred.
It has been reported that families of nearly 10 additional Compassion-assisted children also lost belongings in the fire.
Compassion Burkina Faso is providing support to the affected families.
Please pray to the Lord to provide for those who lost possessions in the fire and ask Him to grant peace to the hearts of children who may be shaken up by these events.
Compassion Burkina Faso will keep us updated as more information is available.
Compassion International will contact you if your sponsored child has been affected.
Jan. 4, 2010 - Recently, the marketplace of Sapone, a small village in Burkina Faso 30 kilometers from the capital, caught fire after children were playing with small sticks of dynamite.
The fire was put out by firefighters from the capital, and no children were injured or killed.
The families of more than 20 Compassion-assisted children from two centers, BF-111 and BF-309, lost belongings in the fire.