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Awa Ouedraogo  

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  • Age: 5
  • Birthday: March 13, 2009
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Burkina Faso
  • Center: Christian Alliance Church of Samagan CDC
  • Child ID: BF4700181
    • Waiting: 342 days for a sponsor. Urgent need for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Awa lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include 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 3 children in the family.

Awa is not presently attending school. Playing with dolls and playing group games are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.

Because of your sponsorship, Awa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Awa lives on the plains of Samagan, home to approximately 4,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of earthen floors; mud or brick walls; and wood or tin roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include malaria and diarrhea. Most adults in Samagan are unemployed but some work on plantations or as market traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs more schools, tuition assistance, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Christian Alliance Church of Samagan Child Development Center to provide Awa with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical checkups, community service opportunities, group games and tuition. Eighty-six percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, HIV/AIDS awareness training, parenting skills classes and income-generating activities for the parents or guardians of Awa.
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: Southwest of Bobo-Dioulasso

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