Many children do not get to eat every day at our school in North Burkina Faso. The vast majority are undernourished and this dramatically affects their ability to learn. Giving Africa's food for thought project provides a meal everyday giving nutrition, better health and the ability to concentrate on life changing education. Our sponsorship programme also pays for their education, uniform, resources and essential health check. Supporting one child lifts 12 of their family out of poverty.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world; it ranks 183 of 186 on the UN's Human Development Index (HDI). Almost half the population live below the poverty line. The adult literacy rate is just 28.7% and the country has the second lowest school enrolment rate in the world. (UNESCO 2010). Combined with food shortage, children often go without a meal each day or are pulled from school to help farm the land - thus removing the opportunity to learn new ways to gain an income.
To help support vulnerable children through their education at Bethel School: ensuring that they can stay in school and complete their education. Many things can result in children being pulled from school: losing a parent, girls staying home to look after family and financial difficulties are also all too common. You can give a child the chance to complete their education, giving them hope for a better future and the opportunity to lift themselves and their family from poverty.
In providing a quality and relevant education to 8 children in Burkina Faso we are giving them the choice to either go on to further education, gain employment or set up their own business. By helping to support children to stay at school and have these choices you are lifting not only one child but 12 of their family from poverty - giving them the opportunity to live happy healthy lives and to support their communities in the future. We underpin all our work with sustainability at the fore.