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Birba Samiratou  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: March 23, 1997
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Burkina Faso
  • Center: Assemblies Evangelic Pentecote Cissin CDC
  • Child ID: BF5000151
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
In her home, Samiratou helps by carrying water, washing clothes and making beds. She lives with her father and her grandmother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her grandmother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Samiratou enjoys jumping rope, bicycling and playing group games. She attends Bible class regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.

Please remember Samiratou in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Samiratou lives on the plains of Cissin, home to approximately 33,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and sheet iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mossi and the most commonly spoken language is Moore.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, beef, rice and porridge. Common health problems in this area include malaria, meningitis, HIV/AIDS, typhoid fever and chicken pox. Most adults in Cissin are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs affordable education and recreational facilities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Assemblies Evangelic Pentecote Cissin CDC to provide Samiratou with Bible teaching, health instruction, recreational activities, tutoring and literacy training. The center staff will also provide educational activities for the parents or guardians of Samiratou.
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

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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