COVID-19 relief for families in Burkina Faso

Funding required: $123,750

This project will help: 15,000 children & families

Estimated completion date: July 2021

Country: Burkina Faso

The COVID-19 pandemic hit Burkina Faso in March 2020, when the first cases of the disease were reported in Ouagadougou, the capital city. The national government quickly implemented restrictive public health measures, including the shutting down of public transportation and all non-essential businesses.

Extended lockdown restrictions have had a devastating impact on families already living on limited resources. Most caregivers are seasonal workers and day labourers who were already struggling to make ends meet. During the lockdown, they lost their source of income. Now, feeding their families is something left to chance, and accessing potable water or facemasks and soap is considered a luxury

A survey of Compassion beneficiaries in Burkina Faso found that 30 per cent of all registered children are now living in conditions of extreme poverty. Right now, 15,000 children living in the Southern, Western and Eastern regions are currently in immediate need of support. Compassion’s frontline church partners in these regions are working tirelessly to minister to children and families, but with approximately 90 per cent of caregivers coming to them in a desperate state of need, their resources are maxed out.

With your help, Compassion will provide 15,000 families with food baskets and sanitation kits, as well as financial support for caregivers to help them resume income-generating activities as restrictions continue to ease. Families will also be educated on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Bring relief to families in Burkina Faso facing crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic



The COVID-19 crisis began in Burkina Faso in March 2020. Broad lockdown measures were implemented quickly, resulting in the shutdown of public transportation and many businesses. The impact of these measures has left many Compassion-assisted caregivers, who were seasonal workers, artisans, petty-traders and day labourers, without a source of income, pushing many families into extreme poverty. The scope of the crisis has left local Compassion centres scrambling to meet the desperate needs of the families they are serving. With most families coming to them begging for food and other necessities, our church partners simply don’t have the resources they need to provide for everyone.

A survey conducted by Compassion’s head office in Burkina Faso identified those families in most need and determined the type of assistance that would bring the most benefit to each family. Food assistance, COVID-19 prevention hygiene items and education, quality seeds for farmers and capital to bridge small businesses so they can reopen in the future were determined to be the most helpful and effective interventions for families during this difficult time.

The need

Compassion Burkina Faso is committed to making sure that children survive this crisis and that caregivers can get back on their feet financially. Your gift will equip our frontline church partners with the resources they require to meet the immediate needs of these vulnerable families, and to help caregivers safely resume income-generating activities. Families will receive food support with bags of grain and sanitation kits to help keep families safe. Many caregivers will also receive financial support for their small businesses and farmers will receive high-quality seeds to help them prepare for the growing season.

What your gift will do

With proper protective measures in place, your gift will help centre staff provide the following:

  • Food kits for 15,000 registered children and their families in Southern, Western and Eastern regions of Burkina Faso for two months
  • Food transportation costs
  • Sanitation kits for 15,000 children and families including facemasks, hand sanitizer and soap
  • Financial support for 7,500 caregivers’ small businesses
  • Seeds for farmers
  • Monitoring costs


  • Local contribution: US$152,558.11
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Burkina Faso will ensure this intervention stays within budget.
  • Follow-up: Compassion centre staff and church leaders will follow up to ensure families are putting their resources to good use.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.