Emma makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
Playing with dolls, bicycling and listening to music are Emma's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends Bible class.
Your love and support will help Emma to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Emma lives on the plains of Tanghin Dassouri, home to approximately 55,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or concrete brick 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 and HIV/AIDS. Most adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs schools and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AD Tanghin Dassouri Child Development Center to provide Emma with Bible teaching, health activities, nutritious food, hygiene education, social clubs, community cleanup opportunities and tuition. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness, monthly meetings, parenting skills education and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Emma.
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: Southwest of Ouagadougou