Meals, Hope and Smiles for Children in Burkina Faso!
For years Children’s Hunger Relief Fund has been privileged to support and work with our partners in Burkina Faso, a land-locked country in Western Africa. The country has the world’s ninth highest infant mortality rate, worse then even war torn countries like Ethiopia or Southern Sudan and also has one of the worst life-expectancy ages.
Over the past years together we have worked to feed local children in the community that otherwise may not have been able to find a healthy meal for days. The feeding program near the local church provides hundreds of meals every week to those children.
Because of the lack of Christianity in the country our team’s Church in Burkina Faso is one of the only in the area. Because of the great reputation the team there has worked hard to earn while serving the community, teachers from all around have flocked to help and teach many of the children in the area. Many of the children love to sing and consequently the church has started a youth choir!
What’s even more impressive is that the local government was so impressed by our partners in Burkina Faso that they have given and granted them free land in the area so that they may expand their outreach!
The team is working hard to help families and communities live in peace together. Many of the parents quickly resort to beating their children when they misbehave but the teachings and influence of our partners is spreading through the local communities.
Thanks in part to the help of CHRF Donors many children are free to learn, eat a healthy meal and sing their joyous gratitude in an otherwise desperate and grim region of the world! We are proud to be a part of the great project in Burkina Faso and continue our mission of bringing hope to the hopeless!
One of the poorest countries in the world, landlocked Burkina Faso has few natural resources and a weak industrial base. About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture, which is vulnerable to periodic drought. Cotton is the main cash crop and the government has joined with three other cotton producing countries in the region - Mali, Niger, and Chad - to lobby in the World Trade Organization for fewer
subsidies to producers in other competing countries. Since 1998, Burkina Faso has embarked upon a gradual but successful privatization of state-owned enterprises. Having revised its investment code in 2004, Burkina Faso hopes to attract foreign investors. Thanks to this new code and other legislation favoring the mining sector, the country has seen an upswing in gold exploration and production. While the bitter internal crisis in neighboring Cote d'Ivoire is beginning to be resolved, it is still having a negative effect on Burkina Faso's trade and employment. Burkina Faso received a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) threshold grant to improve girls' education at the primary school level, and signed an MCC compact that focuses on the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, and land reform in July 2008.