In her home, Sharifatou helps by caring for children, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 9 children in the family.
Jumping rope, hide-and-seek and playing group games are Sharifatou's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is below average and she also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Sharifatou will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sharifatou 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 Sharifatou 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 Sharifatou.
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