Germaine lives with her grandfather and her grandmother. At home, duties include carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. Her grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and her grandmother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Germaine participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Germaine will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Germaine lives on the plains of Zinguedeguin/Sector 2, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mossi and the most commonly spoken language is Moore.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, beef, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, meningitis, typhoid fever and HIV/AIDS. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs primary schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Assemblies of God Central Church of Koudougou Child Development Center to provide Germaine with Bible teaching, hygiene education, recreational activities, academic tuition and etiquette. In addition, reading and writing lessons are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide educational monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Germaine.
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in western Africa. It's slightly larger than Colorado and mostly flat with undulating plains and hills in the west and southeast. The country's climate is tropical with warm, dry winters, hot, dry summers and a three-month rainy season.
Burkina Faso, with a population of 13 million, is one of the poorest countries in the world. With no coastlines and ports, the country has few natural resources, fragile soil and an unequal distribution of income. About 90 percent of the population is engaged in agriculture, (mainly subsistence) which is vulnerable to variations in rainfall. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country is 1.6% of the population. French is the official language, although native African languages belonging to the Sudanic family are spoken by 90 percent of the population. About 50 percent of the population is Muslim, 40 percent practice indigenous religions and about 10 percent are Christian, both Catholic and Protestant.
Originally colonized by the French, Burkina Faso gained its independence in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Burkina Faso's high population density and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens. Every year, thousands of seasonal farm workers seek employment in neighboring Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana where they are adversely affected by instability in those regions.
Map of Burkina Faso
Child's Location: Central Koudougou