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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a large, landlocked nation that stretches between the Sahara desert in the north and tropical Africa to the south. Home to ancient empires, Burkina Faso is now classified as one of the five least developed countries in the world.

Approximately 80% of Burkina Faso’s workforce is involved in agriculture, livestock raising or fishing. But the country is plagued with frequent drought, locust swarms and subsequent lack of food.

Heavily dependent on foreign aid, Burkina Faso’s economy is also vulnerable to fluctuations in world prices for cotton, the country’s main export.

Humanitarian Profile of Burkina Faso:

Region: West Africa

Population: 15 million

Ranked 173 out of 177 countries according to Human Development indicators ( HDI)

Life expectancy: 45 years

More than one in five children dies before their fifth birthday

One in three children under five are underweight

Three in four adults cannot read or write

One in two people lack access to clean water

1.7% of population living with HIV & AIDS.

Sources: Global Hunger Index, UNAIDS, UNDP



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In 2002, governments of the Africa Union (AU) together with 127 others across the world envisioned “A World Fit For Children”. They foresaw Africa as a continent where children are safe from diseases like AIDS; where they have universal access to quality education and health care; and where they, their families and communities are protected from conflicts and exploitation.

Today, however, this vision of an “Africa Fit for Children” remains a distant reality:

· West and Central African countries have the lowest percentages of children attending basic or primary schools -- averaging just 65%.

· 12 million children across Sub-Saharan Africa have been orphaned as a result of AIDS.

· Just 22% of all Ethiopians have access to clean drinking water.

· Only about 3% of children in Somalia complete fifth grade.

· Sahelian countries of West Africa account for some of the world’s highest child malnutrition rates -- reaching 44% of children in Burkina Faso.

· Recorded births across Sub-Saharan Africa in 2007 approached 30 million, while deaths of children under age five neared 5 million.

· Burkina Faso, Mali and Malawi have the highest recorded rates of early marriage – 65% and 51% of girls respectively.

· An estimated 36% of children in Eastern and Southern Africa are victims of sexual exploitation.
Africa for Jesus is committed to realizing an Africa Fit for Children. In partnership with African governments, non-governmental organizations, regional institutions, donors, churches and especially local communities, we are pursuing an Agenda for Children that seeks to address some of the most common and complex challenges facing the African continent today.

· (Statistics sourced from UNICEF State of the World's Children 2008 Report)


Community Development

Community development in Africa and elsewhere is about helping to empower those who are poor. Good development tackles the interrelated causes of poverty and is led by those who live in poverty. It encourages people to resolve issues and work for change in their own communities. It is about long-term solutions, not quick fixes.

At the heart of Africa for Jesus Ministries community development work are our Area Development Programmes (ADPs). Each ADP will cover several communities with which Africa for Jesus Ministries partners to improve lives. ADPs are initiated in both rural and urban areas in response to specific community needs in education, health, nutrition, child care and other programme sectors.

Virtually all of Africa for Jesus Ministries ADPs and related projects share a single underlying purpose: to improve the lives of children.

Child-focused development starts with the recognition that children are the future of any family, community and nation. Children are also the most vulnerable members of any community. Africa for Jesus Ministries International activities are therefore designed to have maximum benefit for them.

For example, if children are hungry in a community, Africa for Jesus Ministries International aims to resolve the underlying causes of hunger by investing in projects like improved irrigation systems, seeds and training. This way, children get the food they need, not just for a year, but well into the future.

Standard development practices will be implemented, monitored and evaluated across every project that Africa for Jesus Ministries International carries out with locally available resources, technology, materials and leadership. Families and individuals share in project leadership, responsibilities and activities from the start and are well equipped and motivated to continue in these roles when Africa for Jesus Ministries ends its direct involvement in a community.

This approach fosters local ownership and true participation which are integral to transformational development.


Focus: Burkina Faso

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