Blandine lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Blandine is not presently attending school. Playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities. She also attends Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Blandine will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Blandine lives on the plains of Farakoba, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, mud or brick walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and meningitis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers, subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $44 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, employment opportunities and income generating activities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Christian Alliance Church of Farakoba Child Development Center to provide Blandine with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene lessons, group games, social clubs, field trips, tuition, vocational training, and reading and writing lessons. Ninety-five percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, HIV/AIDS trainings and income generating activities for the parents or guardians of Blandine.
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