How do children live in Burkina Faso?
Burkina Faso is a country in West Africa, slightly smaller than Germany. In the north there is dry savannah and desert with animal farming, in the south, humid savannah with millet and maize farming. Owing to the spread of the Sahara desert and a total dependency on rain, the population struggles to survive year by year.
Rural exodus brings many people to the capital, Ouagadougou, where our project is located. Ouagadougou has an annual growth rate of around 10%. In view of the major social and ecological changes in the country it is often the children who are the first victims. Many end up on the streets where their chances of a future are slim.
The struggle for survival takes up most of the day. We provide them and the many orphans with a home, a safer environment where they can regain their courage.
Yes, our children may well smile. In Burkina Faso it is not a matter of course to receive two hot meals a day and to go to school. Schools cost money. Medicines are far too expensive. Food is often unobtainable. That is why there is such a high rate of infant mortality and 83% illiteracy.
Country: Burkina Faso
Official language: French
Population: approx. 14 million
Area: 274,200 km²
Government: Presidential republic
Time zone: CET – 1 hour
Geographical location: West Africa, bordering Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire