Dahourou makes her home with her father and her mother. Running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 6 children in the family.
Dahourou is not presently attending school. Playing house, jumping rope and playing group games are her favorite activities. She also attends Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Dahourou will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dahourou lives in the hillside community Secteur 25/ Bobo dioulasso, home to approximately 17,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud or brick walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea and respiratory diseases. Most adults in Secteur 25/ Bobo dioulasso are unemployed but some work as laborers, street vendors, farmers, petty traders or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs more employment opportunities, income-generating activities and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of the Assemblies of God's Church Temple Horeb CDC to provide Dahourou with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene education, community service opportunities, group games, social clubs, tuition and vocational skills training. Forty-three percent of children in this project do not attend school because they are underage.
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: East of Bobo-dioulasso