Help Save Children in Burkina Faso

42% of children in Burkina Faso are out of school. That means nearly half of all kids in Burkina Faso won’t have the skills they need to improve their lives and break the cycle of poverty. That’s why education is a cornerstone of Save the Children’s work in Burkina Faso. With access to quality education, we help Burkina Faso’s children improve their lives and their communities for generations to come.

The Challenges for Children in Burkina Faso

With high rates of poverty and little access to healthcare or education, children in Burkina Faso need your help.*

  • 29% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 40% of school-age children are out of school
  • 85 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 39% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 40% of people live in poverty
Map of Burkina Faso

Our Work for Children in Burkina Faso

Responding to the great drought of the 1970s, Save the Children’s teams began working Burkina Faso in 1977. Today, children in more than 80 communities benefit from our health and education programs. These programs promote school enrollment, particularly for girls, as well as focusing on improving maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS prevention. We work closely with parents and community organizations to assess children’s needs and successfully address them. Save the Children also helps families and communities make pivotal decisions about village health, school management and economic opportunities that positively affect the quality of their lives for themselves and their children.

  • Protected 18,070 children from harm
  • Provided 73,677 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 2,179 children vital nourishment
  • Supported 1,750 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

How to Help Children in Burkina Faso

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Burkina Faso, and around the world, survive and thrive.

Sponsor a Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.

Shop Gift Catalog
Give a unique and meaningful gift that will bring joy – and change lives. Find something for everyone on your list.

Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


We’ll be in touch! By signing up to receive emails from Save the Children you will receive a subscription to our monthly eNews, access to breaking emergency alerts and opportunities to get involved. To ensure delivery of Save the Children emails to your inbox, add to your contact list.