Joel makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, caring for animals and washing clothes are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Joel enjoys soccer. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Joel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Joel lives on the plains of Yaoghin, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud 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, bananas, chicken, guinea pig, bread, beef, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea and meningitis. Most adults in Yaoghin are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers or animal herders and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs income-generating programs and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AD Church of Yaoghin Child Development Center to provide Joel with Bible teaching, games, health activities, hygiene education, community service opportunities, social clubs and tuition. The center staff will also provide parenting skills training and income-generating programs for the parents or guardians of Joel.
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: Southwest of Ouagadougou