Michael makes his home with his father and his mother. Caring for children and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
Michael is not presently attending school. Singing, hide-and-seek and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends Bible class regularly.
Please remember Michael in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Michael lives on the plains of Koupéla, home to approximately 62,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Moose and the most commonly spoken language is Moore.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, typhoid, meningitis, chicken pox and malnutrition. Most adults in Koupéla are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, employment opportunities and medical centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of EVBP/Koupéla Child Development Center to provide Michael with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical checkups, group games, social club activities, tuition and vocational skills. Fifty-four percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they are underage.
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 Tenkodogo