Rouki lives with her grandfather and her grandmother. She is responsible for helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and her grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Rouki participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Rouki will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rouki lives on the plains of Boussouma, home to approximately 2,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Moose and the most commonly spoken language is Moore.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, beef, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, colds and coughs. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers, subsistence farmers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $20 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of AD/Boussouma Child Development Center to provide Rouki with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene education, group games and social clubs. Fifty-four percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, parenting skills training, discipleship lessons and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Rouki.
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: South of Kaya