Samiratou lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 11 children in the family.
Jumping rope and playing group games are Samiratou's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Samiratou will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Samiratou lives on the plains of CIE Fleuve de Grâce Wayalghin Secteur 27, home to approximately 24,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mossi and the most commonly spoken language is Mooré.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, beef, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, meningitis and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work at small businesses and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs income-generating activities and adult education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CIE Eglise Fleuve de Grâce Wayalghin Secteur 27 Child Development Center to provide Samiratou with Bible teaching, recreational activities, health screenings, health and hygiene education, environmental awareness and academic tuition. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Samiratou.
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