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Burkina Faso

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Capital: Ouagadougou

Language: French

Population: 18 Million

Plan International has been working in Burkina Faso since 1976, helping poor children to access their rights to education, health, sanitation and protection.

Our programs benefit 45,000 children in over 160 communities across the country.

Currently, we are focusing on developing the second phase of a project which has already seen the successful completion of 132 schools.

Smiling women at a refugee camp
A woman and her child under a bed net
Children at a school built by Plan

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Water and sanitation
Water and sanitation
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important in Burkina Faso

  • Over 1/3 of children aged 5-14 are involved in child labour
  • More than 2 out of every 3 children can’t read and write by age 15
  • Young people lack information on sexual health – 55% of 15-24 year olds don’t know that using protection can prevent HIV.

How your support is helping Burkina Faso:

  • Ensuring communities have access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities.
  • Providing young women with bicycles so they can attend school and girls’ scholarships so they can further develop their studies.
  • Working to empower communities across the country to recognize the importance of education for children, especially girls.
  • Connecting women to village savings and loans groups, which will provide them with the financial education and training needed to develop a stable income of their own.
  • Protecting the rights of children through our programs geared at ending child marriage, female genital mutilation, sexual abuse, trafficking and child labour.

Country Comparison

CountryBurkina FasoCanada
People living in poverty 47% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 98 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 56 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in French

Hello Salut / Bonjour
How are you? Ça va? Comment ça va?
Thank you Merci
Goodbye Au revoir
Happy Birthday Bonne fete Bon anniversaire

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