Judith lives with her aunt. Her duties at home include washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her aunt is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Judith is not presently attending school. Playing with dolls and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities. She also attends Bible class regularly.
Please remember Judith in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Judith lives on the plains of Dagouma, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud or concrete brick walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mossi and the most commonly spoken language is Moore.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef, rice, goat and millet. Common health problems in this area include malaria, meningitis and skin diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities, housing and farming materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of MBIIE Dagouma Child Development Center to provide Judith with Bible teaching, games, hygiene education, social clubs and tuition. Thirty-five percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they either lack economic resources or they are sent to Madrasa (Muslim school). The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, HIV/AIDS awareness training for the parents or guardians of Judith.
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: Southeast of Ouagadougou