Damien lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. Damien works at home caring for animals, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Damien participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Damien because he is visually impaired and is receiving regular medical treatment. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Damien lives on the plains of Boassa, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or brick walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, beef, rice and millet (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, coughs, typhoid, meningitis and chickenpox. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers, subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs assistance with school fees, employment opportunities and medical centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baptist Church of Boassa CDC to provide Damien with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene lessons, group games, field trips, tuition, vocational training and drama lessons. All of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide educational meetings and income-generating assistance for the parents or guardians of Damien.
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: Southwest of Ouagadougou