Ismael lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include gathering firewood and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ismael participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with marbles and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Ismael in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Ismael lives on the plains of Secteur 12/Nieneta, home to approximately 18,000 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, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid and meningitis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers, market traders, subsistence farmers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Restoration Evangelical Community of Nieneta Child Development Center Shalom Service to provide Ismael with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical checkups, community service opportunities, group games, social clubs, tuition and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide educational monthly meetings, parenting skills and discipleship for the parents or guardians of Ismael.
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: North of central Bobo-Dioulasso