Bernard makes his home with his father and his mother. Caring for animals and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
Bernard is not presently attending school. Playing with cars and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Bernard will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Bernard lives on the plains of Komadougou, home to approximately 2,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud walls and tin or thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gulmance and the most commonly spoken language is Gulmancema.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, bread, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, coughs, meningitis and diarrhea. Most adults in Komadougou are unemployed but some work as animal herders or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs tuition assistance and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Eglise Evangélique SIM de Komadougou Child Development Center to provide Bernard with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical checkups, environmental service opportunities, group games, tuition and vocational skills training. Eighty-nine percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Bernard.
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: North of Fada N'Gourma