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Gisele Kafando  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: March 7, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Burkina Faso
  • Center: Apostolic Church of Kombissiri Child Development Center
  • Child ID: BF1550347
    • Waiting: 225 days for a sponsor. Urgent need for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Gisele lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Gisele works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and helping in the kitchen. There are 4 children in the family.

Jumping rope, hide-and-seek and playing group games are Gisele's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends Bible class.

Your love and support will help Gisele to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Gisele lives on the plains of Kombissiri Sector 3, home to approximately 20,000 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, meningitis, typhoid fever and coughs. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $24 per month. This community needs schools and income-generating activities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Apostolic Church of Kombissiri Child Development Center to provide Gisele with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, social clubs, opportunities for community service and tuition. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, parenting skills training and HIV/AIDS awareness training for the parents or guardians of Gisele.
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: Southeast of Ouagadougou

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