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Burkina Faso


Sponsors have helped Burkinabé children since 2004, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Burkina Faso to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

western Africa

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, basketball

foods: beans, chicken, fufu (a peanut soup), zoom-koom (a sweet drink)

celebrations: Christmas, Easter Monday (Christians keep celebrating after Easter Sunday with this family holiday)

Claim to Fame

Africa's biggest grower of cotton, which is often sent to other countries for sale.

Wild Residents

elephants, lions, hippos, giraffes, gazelles, leopards

Poverty Pitfalls

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Many people don't get enough food or clean water. Sponsored children eat nutritious meals and drink clean water at their Compassion centers.
Some kids are forced to work. Church workers help protect children from people who may force them to work.
Many people haven't had the chance to learn to read and write. Sponsored children stay in school and get help reading and writing.

Fun Facts

a little bigger than Colorado

money: CFA franc

It's fun to say its capital city: Ouagadougou [wah-guh-DOO-goo].

The country's name translates as "Land of the Honest Men."

The people are called Burkinabé (bur-KEE-nuh-beh).

Native groups are known for making huge artistic masks.

Stat Snapshot


Burkina Faso ?? United States 🇺🇸


20,107,509 339,665,118

People Living in Poverty

40.1% 15.1%


French, Mòoré, Bissa and Dioula

English, Spanish, Chinese, other


Muslim 61.5%, Roman Catholic 23.3%, traditional/animist 7.8%, Protestant 6.5%, none 0.7%, other/unspecified 0.2%

Protestant 46.5%, none/other 26.1%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%

Typical Family Income

$1,900 per year $63,700 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018


Healthy Bodies, Happy Hearts


Little Leaders, Big Change


What’s It Like To Learn Like Me?

Group of young people jumping or skipping rope

Group Games for the Win!


My African Neighborhood

Hopeful, dignified children, in the context of their homes and neighborhoods. A group of boys, friends, buddies, children, youth, five boys pile all on top of a bicycle, bike, transportation, on a dirt road in their neighborhood street. The bike has a gray woven basket on it and the boys are smiling together.

Hop On!

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Heart Healthy


Tiny Humans


The Art of Survival

Children in orange uniforms singing and clapping

Make a Joyful Noise!