Aïcha lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Aïcha participates in Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is below average. Hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Aïcha in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Aïcha lives on the plains of Colsama Secteur 21, home to approximately 100,000 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, chicken, fish, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, meningitis and colds. Most adults are unemployed but some work in small businesses or as laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs vocational training and health facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CDE/EAC Temple Bethel to provide Aïcha with Bible teaching, health screening, games, health education, nutritious meals, 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 and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Aïcha.
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