Lardja lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for caring for children, caring for animals and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Lardja participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Hide-and-seek, running and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Lardja in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Lardja lives on the plains of Gaanyela, home to approximately 1,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, bamboo walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gurmanceba and the most commonly spoken language is Gurmancemamooré.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice, goat and millet (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Gaanyela work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs food, income-generating activities, schools, tuition assistance and scholastic materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDE BF 205 EE/SIM Gaanyela to provide Lardja with Bible camps, regular medical checkups, community service opportunities, school fees, textbooks and school supplies. Forty-six percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Lardja.
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 Fada N'Gourma