Ismaél lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.
For fun, Ismaél enjoys soccer and playing group games. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Ismaél in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Ismaél lives on the plains of Sarfalao Secteur 17, home to approximately 125,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or cement brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mossi and the most commonly spoken language is Dioula.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice, potatoes, goat and millet. Common health problems in this area include malaria, meningitis, HIV/AIDS, typhoid, epilepsy and skin diseases. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $5 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, improved housing, food, clothing and increased incomes.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDE BF 117 Eben-Ezer AD Sarfalao to provide Ismaél with Bible teaching, games, health screenings, health education, nutritious food, social clubs and tuition. The center staff will also provide educational meetings, parenting skills training and discipleship lessons for the parents or guardians of Ismaél.
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: In Bobo Dioulasso