Food scarcity has never been more worrying for single mother Zonabo and her two children. When the pandemic hit Burkina Faso, she lost her job as a housekeeper. Affording a daily meal for her family is now a luxury, not a guarantee.
“Life didn’t treat me well recently because the pandemic is deteriorating all my efforts to care for my children, Issouf and Rainatou," she says. "I rely on God for our daily bread because I very often skip lunch so we can have dinner. It is hard for a mom to see her children missing both breakfast and lunch.”
To help families living in extreme poverty to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, Compassion's local partners in Burkina Faso work tirelessly to distribute food packs to meet the greatest needs for vulnerable children in the country. The food parcels have come at the right time, rescuing thousands of families like Zonabo's from severe malnutrition.
“I am happy and thankful that the church and Compassion provided a bag of 25 kilograms [55 pounds] of rice, corn flour, and oil that equals my monthly salary. This food pack is good for our daily meals and will last for the next two months," she says. "I no longer need to skip meals and worry about what I will eat the next day, for God has provided, and I am thankful. Thanks to the food support, I can now look for small jobs and care for the other basic family expenses."
As her 19-year-old son, Issouf, returns to school in October, his Compassion center is committed to paying for his school fees, books and materials to make sure he can complete his education and fulfill his dreams.
“I pray to succeed in my high school exams and compete for the national recruitment of teachers that will allow me to provide for the needs of my family so that my mom and my sister have sufficient and quality meals every day," he says. "I believe that the best is yet to come if the center is by my side. May God bless all the generous sponsors who give their best to release children like me from poverty.”