We partner with churches and denominations to help them provide Burkinabé children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
Our work in Burkina Faso began in the summer of 2004. Currently, more than 50,390 children participate in more than 190 child development centers.
Population: 14 millions
Life expectancy: Male 42 years, Female 46 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 9,8%
People with HIV/AIDS: 300.000 (2,14%)
Drinking water sources: 42%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 29%
Literacy rate: Male 34%, Female 17%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 45%
Compassion began its ministry in Burkina Faso in 2004 when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.
Children age 11 and younger meet at the child development center for 8 hours on Thursdays; 12-to-14-year-olds meet for 4 hours on Thursdays and 4 hours on Saturdays. Children age 15 and older attend the center for 4 hours on Saturdays. Primary schools do not have classes on Thursdays, so that is when the younger children attend the child development center. Secondary school children do not have classes on Thursday afternoons and Saturdays, so these are the two periods when they attend the center.
Each child receives breakfast, which consists of milk, bread and porridge, and lunch, which consists of rice, beans, sagabo (a local food made of millet or corn flour) and spaghetti. Additional nutritional support such as rice, maize and oil is provided for extremely needy families.
Extracurricular activities offered include camps and field trips to museums and national parks. The children also have the opportunity to participate in community service, such as planting trees and cleaning up at the child development center and in the community.
Several areas of vocational training are offered to adolescents, including mechanics, hairdressing, sewing, soap making, gardening and animal breeding.
Parents are offered classes on hygiene, malaria prevention, reproductive health and nutrition two or three times a year, as well as training on income-generating activities, such as food and grain selling and tool provision.