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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: January 21, 2004
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Burkina Faso
  • Center: AEP/Philadelphie Leo CDC
  • Child ID: BF5040163
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child lives in an area with higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Yaya lives with his mother. He is responsible for washing clothes and running errands. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.

For fun, Yaya enjoys soccer, hide-and-seek and playing group games. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Please remember Yaya in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Yaya lives on the plains of Secteur 4, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin or thatched roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, cassava, beef, rice, potatoes, rice, goat and yams. Common health problems in this area include malaria, coughs, meningitis and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work as animal herders, subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of AEP/Philadelphie Leo Child Development Center to provide Yaya with Bible teaching, hygiene education, community service opportunities, medical checkups, group games, social activities, tuition and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide educational meetings, parenting skills and income-generating activities for parents or guardians of Yaya.
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: Northwest of Leo

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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