Roger lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, caring for children and caring for animals. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Roger enjoys soccer, running and playing group games. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Roger will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Roger lives on the plains of Toecin, home to approximately 23,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, 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, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, beef, rice, goat and millet. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, typhoid and meningitis. Most adults in Toecin are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, evangelism and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Assemblies of God Wend-Songre of Toecin Child Development Center to provide Roger with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical checkups, community service opportunities, food, group games, social activities, tuition and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide educational monthly meetings, income-generating activities and HIV/AIDS awareness training for the parents or guardians of Roger.
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