Nassiratou lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Nassiratou participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, jumping rope and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Nassiratou will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nassiratou lives on the plains of Kougrin, home to approximately 42,000 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. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Kougrin work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs more public schools and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Assemblies of God Central Church of Kaya Child Development Center to provide Nassiratou with Bible teaching, games, health activities, hygiene education, social clubs, tuition, community service opportunities and field trips. In addition, reading and writing skills teaching is available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness training parenting skills, educational monthly meetings and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Nassiratou.
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: Center of Kaya