COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Burkina Faso

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Burkina Faso

Last Updated: 07/02/2020

Burkina Faso continues to see COVID-19 cases rising. The government is instructing citizens to follow hygiene and sanitation measures to mitigate spread of the virus. All citizens must wear face masks in public. Schools, professional training centers and universities are closed, but the government has begun a phased reopening, including allowing schools to begin administering exams, and reopening of markets and churches. As of June 3, the countrywide curfew was lifted, except in provinces still under state of emergency.

All Compassion partner churches have kept child development center group activities on hold, but they continue regular child protection oversight and health care support. They have distributed 191,843 food packs and 130,258 hygiene kits to families, and they continue to work to raise awareness of COVID-19 prevention. They have also assisted 7,238 individuals in accessing medical care. Some churches have helped families construct simple washing stations to use at their homes.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Burkina Faso’s National Director

Hear from Dr. Issaka Kiemtore, National Director of Compassion Burkina Faso, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Burkina Faso.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Burkina Faso?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Burkina Faso, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Burkina Faso are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 191,843 food packs and 130,258 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

Amid the pandemic, Compassion's church partners in Burkina Faso continue to serve the children in the program in creative ways. One of those innovations has been holding small letter-writing sessions for 10 children at a time.

The children receive any letters that have arrived from the National Office and are then able to write letters back. For many, that small bit of normalcy has been incredibly life-giving.

"Today, I wrote to my sponsor who lives in France to reassure myself that he is healthy during the pandemic,” says Issa, a Compassion-assisted student. “I told him I pray for his safety daily and let him know my family and I are doing well. I asked him to pray for my plans for the future, as I am a welding apprentice.”

The excitement of receiving a letter has provided a beautiful bright spot for hundreds of Compassion-assisted children throughout Burkina Faso.

How can I pray for Burkina Faso?

This month, will you join us in praying for the millions of people in Burkina Faso who have been displaced because of civil unrest? You can also check out Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Burkina Faso
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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