Projects in Burkina Faso

Our projects in Burkina Faso

A poor country even by West African standards, landlocked Burkina Faso has suffered from recurring droughts and military coups.

Burkina Faso, which means "land of honest men", has significant reserves of gold, but the country has faced domestic and external concern over the state of its economy and human rights.

A former French colony, it gained independence as Upper Volta in 1960.

In 1983 Capt Thomas Sankara seized power and adopted radical left-wing policies but was ousted by Blaise Compaore, who went on to rule for 27 years before being ousted in a popular uprising in 2014.

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1701 - Educating excluded women in Bousse

Burkina Faso is a country which houses approximately 16 million people and is mainly rural. Although both men and women are considered equal in terms of agricultural work, only a small fraction of women in modern and urban areas are encouraged to pursue an education. This means that there are high rates of illiterate women, especially in rural areas. 

Within Boussé, there is a community of such women, who have been further excluded from their community due to illiteracy, polygamy, widowhood and even false allegations of practicing witchcraft. As far removed as these examples may be from your life, for these women aged 40-55, it is their harsh reality, which has prevented them from earning an income. Living on the outskirts of Boussé also causes these women to be more susceptible to poverty and exploitation also.

ADRA Burkina Faso have decided to help to train and integrate these excluded women into their societies over a 4-month project. Through a level 1 and 2 literacy training programme and training in weaving skills, ADRA Burkina Faso have targeted the most 35 excluded women within the Boussé community to give them an income generating skill. These training sessions will be delivered by professionals to ensure that the 35 targeted women will be trained to a high standard.

In order to do complete this powerful and inclusive project, ADRA Burkina Faso needs your help! With the small donation of £500 you will be able to assist these women in Burkina Faso to be empowered through their life- changing knowledge.So don’t delay- help ADRA to provide this much needed education today! 

1702 - Vegetable garden production for excluded women

In Burkina Faso, women represent 52% of the population and constitute more than 60% of the agricultural production.  Unfortunately, women form part of the most underprivileged social class.  According to an in- country investigation on the living conditions within households, women make up 7% of the most extremely poor groups. Within the commune of Bouseé, which houses many excluded women there is a great need to improve agricultural production.

ADRA Burkina Faso, through a 6- month programme, plan to give 50 excluded women aged 40-55 from the Bouseé community a unique and life-changing opportunity. These women will be trained by professionals in agriculture and will be encouraged to build on their existing agricultural skills. They will then be given the opportunity to practice their skills through maintaining a communal vegetable garden. As well as being trained, each of the 50 women will be provided with an agricultural kit containing farming tools and other farming essentials.

So how can you help? ADRA Burkina Faso need your financial help to make this project a life-changer and saver! This will include contributing £3000 which will include drilling a well within the community so that they will have a long- term supply of clean water, creating 4 compost pits and providing them with the agricultural kits needed to maintain the vegetable garden.

All of the above, as well as the empowerment that your money will provide will cost just £3,000. Remember it doesn’t take much to make a difference and you are £3,000 away from making a huge one.

1703 - Child nutrition assistance

For many living within Burkina Faso, life is difficult. Malnutrition is very high and is a frequent killer of thousands of children, especially newborn babies. According to an official in-country survey taken in 2014, the number of children suffering from acute malnutrition is estimated at 417,000, with 127, 000 of them being severely malnourished and 290,000 being moderately malnourished. Due to these overwhelming numbers of malnutrition, the population, especially babies are heavily at risk to disease as their bodies do not have enough of the nutrients needed to stay strong to fight diseases.

This is why ADRA Burkina Faso have decided to do something to help relive the suffering. Six villages have already received help from ADRA and they are hoping that with your help they can reach a further 5 villages in the commune of Toécé. Through this 6-month project vulnerable households who have children under the age of 5 will be targeted. 55 Mothers will receive nutrition training and counselling on how to ensure that their children have the essentials that they need to remain healthy. They will then be supplied with the necessary food to be able to maintain their child’s health and apply their knowledge. Additionally, Community Health Agents will be retrained in order to be better equipped in dealing with the current malnutrition issue facing Burkina Faso.

How can you get involved? With the help of you and your local church, you could help to achieve not only a local goal but a global goal, by minimizing the suffering of a minimum of 55 children, 55 mothers and 25 community health agents. 

By contributing £5,000 to this project you could directly save lives and raise awareness of mothers and society.

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