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Issouf Ouedraogo  

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  • Age: 4
  • Birthday: October 18, 2009
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Burkina Faso
  • Center: Apostolic Church Kaya Child Development Center
  • Child ID: BF1580273
    • Waiting: 333 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Issouf lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include caring for animals and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.

Issouf is not presently attending school. Soccer and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends Bible class regularly.

Please remember Issouf in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Issouf lives on the plains of Zangwetin, home to approximately 1,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud brick or concrete 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, fish, bread, beef, rice, goat and millet. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Zangwetin work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs more public schools, income-generating activities and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Apostolic Church Kaya Child Development Center to provide Issouf with Bible teaching, games, hygiene education, social clubs, health activities, tuition and field trips. In addition, reading and writing skills teaching is available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide income-generating activities, monthly meetings and HIV/AIDS awareness training for the parents or guardians of Issouf.
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: In Kaya

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