Safietou makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, caring for children and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Safietou participates in Bible class. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Jumping rope, hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Safietou will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Safietou lives on the plains of Kalgondin, home to approximately 40,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mossi and the most commonly spoken languages are Moore and French.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, beef, goat, millet and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, meningitis and diarrhea. Most adults in Kalgondin are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs more schools, resources for parents and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baptist Viim Boulga Child Development Center to provide Safietou with Bible teaching, recreational activities, health and hygiene education, social events, field trips and tuition. The center staff will also provide educational meetings, HIV/AIDS awareness training, parenting classes and Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Safietou.
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 Ouagadougou