Cherifatou lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. Cherifatou works at home washing clothes and running errands. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Cherifatou enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and jumping rope. She attends Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Please remember Cherifatou in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Cherifatou lives on the plains of Silmiougou, home to approximately 4,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Mossi, Dioula and Peul. The most commonly spoken languages are Moore, Dioula and Peul.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, beef, rice, goat and porridge. Common health problems in this area include malaria, high blood pressure, pneumonia and jaundice. Most adults are unemployed but some work as masons or small business owners and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs schools, tuition assistance, improved housing and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Assemblies of God Silmiougou Child Development Center to provide Cherifatou with Bible teaching, games, hygiene education, social clubs, tuition and community service opportunities.
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 Ouagadougou