Ivonne lives with her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, caring for children and washing clothes. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ivonne participates in church activities, Bible class and choir. She is also in high school where her performance is above average. Jumping rope, reading and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Ivonne will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ivonne lives on the plains of Pissy, home to approximately 45,400 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, fish, bread, beef, millet and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, meningitis and typhoid. Most adults in Pissy are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs more public schools, income-generating activities, improved roads and running water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Apostolic Mission Pissy Child Development Center to provide Ivonne with Bible teaching, sports, health screenings, health and hygiene education, community service opportunities, social clubs, tuition and etiquette training. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, discipleship lessons, income-generating activities and parenting skills training for the parents or guardians of Ivonne.
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