Alexandre lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His duties at home include caring for children, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 5 children in the family. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Alexandre enjoys soccer, running and playing group games. He attends Bible class regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Alexandre will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alexandre lives on the plains of Sogpelse, home to approximately 12,000 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 language is Moore.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, meningitis, typhoid fever and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Sogpelse are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs schools, teachers and income-generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baptist Central Church of Koudougou Child Development Center to provide Alexandre with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, games, community service opportunities, tuition and etiquette training. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, parenting skills training, income-generating activities and discipleship lessons for the parents or guardians of Alexandre.
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 Koudougou