Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Children

About Burkina Faso

Responding to the great drought of the 1970s, Save the Children began programs in Dori, Burkina Faso in 1977. Today, an integrated program of activities in education and health serves the populations of 81 communities in Bazega province, south of the capital of Ouagadougou. These programs promote school enrollment, particularly for girls, as well as focusing on improving maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Facts About
Burkina Faso

More than 18.1 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 7 years

97 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $1 a day

Our Work

Education, whether it is literacy training or supporting community schools, is a cornerstone of Save the Children activities in Burkina Faso. Working closely with community organizations to assess needs and successfully address them is the core of all of Save the Children’s work in the Sahel. This includes village health, school management, credit or market garden committees. Save the Children has helped to facilitate those processes that enable individuals, families, and communities to make pivotal decisions and allow them access to opportunities that positively affect the quality of their lives.

Our Work in
Burkina Faso

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 59,759
from harm

supported 8,334
in times of crisis

provided 27,879 children
with a healthy start in life

gave 511 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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