Seydou lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include caring for children, washing clothes and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Seydou is not presently attending school. Soccer, singing and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Seydou will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Seydou lives on the plains of Secteur 21/Belle Ville, home to approximately 7,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; mud or cement walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bobo and the most commonly spoken language is Dioula.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, guinea pig, fish, beef, goat, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid and meningitis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers, street vendors, subsistence farms or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $25 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Happy Children Child Development Center/Evangelical Mission Church of Belle Ville to provide Seydou with Bible teaching, hygiene education, medical checkups, group games, social activities, tuition and vocational training. Thirty-nine percent of the children at this project do not attend 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: West of Bobo-Dioulasso