Fatimata lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
Fatimata is not presently attending school. Playing group games is her favorite activity. She also attends Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Fatimata will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Fatimata lives on the plains of Bethel Yagma, home to approximately 3,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or brick walls and corrugated iron 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 and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, high blood pressure, pneumonia and jaundice. Most adults in Bethel Yagma are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs food, tuition assistance, schools and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Assemblies of God Bethel of Yagma Child Development Center to provide Fatimata with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, games, social clubs, community service opportunities, field trips and tuition. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and HIV/AIDS awareness training for the parents or guardians of Fatimata.
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: Northwest of Ouagadougou