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Estelle T Y Bationo  

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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: August 27, 2001
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Burkina Faso
  • Center: CIE Venemtenga Student Center
  • Child ID: BF3040054
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Estelle makes her home with her father and her stepmother. Washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a teacher and her stepmother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 4 children in the family.

Playing with dolls, jumping rope and reading are Estelle's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is below average and she also regularly attends Bible class and youth group.

Please remember Estelle in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Estelle lives on the plains of Venemtenga, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and iron sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mossi and the most commonly spoken language is Mooré.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, meningitis, diarrhea and stomach problems. Most adults in Venemtenga are unemployed but some work in market trading and earn the equivalent of $23 per month. This community needs food, clothing, scholastic materials and improved family values.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of CIE Venemtenga Student Center to provide Estelle with Bible teaching, games, hygiene education, social clubs, environmental awareness and academic tuition. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, parenting skills programs, income-generating activities and HIV/AIDS awareness training for the parents or guardians of Estelle.
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 Ougadougou

This child lives in an AIDS-affected area. In Africa, the disease has impacted the entire continent, creating a generation of orphans and vulnerable children. God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need.

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