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Zara Ouédraogo  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: December 31, 2002
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Burkina Faso
  • Center: Assemblies of God Kougri louda CDC
  • Child ID: BF1190029
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
In her home, Zara helps by helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. She lives with her uncle and her aunt. Her uncle is sometimes employed as a farmer and her aunt is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Zara participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, jumping rope and playing group games are her favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Zara will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Zara lives on the plains of Kougri louda, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud brick or concrete brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mossi and the most commonly spoken language is Moore.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, beef, rice, goat and millet. Common health problems in this area include malaria and eye diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs more public schools, income-generating activities and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Assemblies of God Kougri louda Child Development Center to provide Zara with Bible teaching, games, health activities, hygiene education, social clubs, tuition and field trips. In addition, reading and writing skills teaching will be available for the non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide educational monthly meetings, HIV/AIDS prevention training and Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Zara.
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 Kaya

This child lives in an AIDS-affected area. In Africa, the disease has impacted the entire continent, creating a generation of orphans and vulnerable children. God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need.

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.