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Salimata Ouattan Diarra  

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  • Age: 15
  • Birthday: April 4, 1999
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Burkina Faso
  • Center: CDE Le Siloé Yéguéré Secteur 22
  • Child ID: BF3060018
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Salimata lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include helping in the kitchen and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Salimata participates in Bible class. She is also in high school where her performance is above average. Volleyball, jumping rope and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.

Please remember Salimata in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Salimata lives on the plains of Yéguéré Secteur 22, home to approximately 300,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or concrete brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mossi and the most commonly spoken language is Dioula.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, AIDS and meningitis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs schools, income generating activities and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDE Le Siloé Yéguéré Secteur 22 to provide Salimata with Bible teaching, games, health screening, health education, nutritious food, social clubs, tuition and field trips. In addition, reading and writing skills teaching is available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, HIV/AIDS awareness training, income generating activities and discipleship for the parents or guardians of Salimata.
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 Bobo Dioulasso

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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