Burkina Faso

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE DISPLACED BY CONFLICT - EDUCATIONAL, HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN

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In the heart of Burkina Faso, in the province of Oubritenga, in the Guié region, eleven villages (11,000 people) have joined forces to take charge of their own development, in order to combat desertification. They have created the Zoramb Naagtaabaa association. This Burkinabè association is headed by a Frenchman, Henri Girard, who has been working alongside the population for 33 years on agricultural, health and educational projects. Only 13% of Burkinabè men and 10% of Burkinabè women are literate. The Burkinabè association is developing the education of children in this province by supporting public schools, building schools, colleges and high schools, training adults, sponsoring schools, offering literacy courses and setting up libraries. Since 2002, Mission Enfance has built 8 schools, 2 high schools equipped with wells and teachers' housing, 2 dispensaries/maternities in Goéma and Filly, as well as a nursery to take in abandoned or orphaned babies, and a nurses' training center to care for these children. Mission Enfance sends containers every year and contributes to the AZN's operations. This dispensary operates at full capacity, notably to treat people displaced by terrorist attacks in the north of the country.

 

 

Goal

  • Improve the education of Burkinabe children,
  • Provide food self-sufficiency to the population,
  • Stabilising the displaced in the North Centre through access to drinking water.

Mission Enfance supports AZN's agricultural projects by creating agricultural perimeters in Filly. In these villages, the aim is to ensure food self-sufficiency for local villagers, through better water management in the perimeters created for this purpose. In 2023, we began building 11 boreholes and 4 wells (a 3-year project lasting until 2025) to stabilize displaced populations in 12 villages in the Oula department.

In 2023, we have begun the search for water for displaced children in the village of Faada-Poulboré (near Guié). As soon as the borehole is completed, we'll start building an extension to the village school, to provide schooling for 395 children displaced by the conflict.

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