Burkina Faso

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With a population estimated around 18.6 million, Burkina Faso is a sub-Saharan, French speaking country in West Africa with a history of military coups and recurring droughts. According to UNICEF, one in three children cannot afford to enroll in school. As a result, Burkina Faso has the third lowest literacy rate in the world. Approximately 65% of the population is under the age of 25 and combined with high illiteracy rates and a high poverty rate, the Burkina Faso people face a daily struggle to survive.

Due to harsh geographic and environment conditions ranging from severe flooding to extreme drought, it is difficult to grow food. Malnutrition affects over 1.5 million children, with around 350,000 children in need of emergency medical assistance. Human trafficking is also a growing concern, as vulnerable children are at risk of being forced to work as farm hands, street beggars, domestic servants, and sex workers.

Hope Story is working with our partner (The Gampela Christian Education Centre) to provide hope to children and their families through holistic care, education and community outreach. 

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