Children’s ministry launch

Funding required: $8,550

This project will help: 150 children in Leo, Burkina Faso

Child development centre: BF0514, Eglise le Bon Samaritain de Leo Child Development Centre

In the community of Leo in Burkina Faso, many children have little hope for the future. Most parents eke out a living as day labourers on plantations and farms but lack the proper machinery and training they need to produce a sustainable crop yield to support their families. Many children eat only a single meal a day, sometimes going without food altogether.

Children are often unable to attend school because their families cannot cover the fees. Furthermore, the nearest medical centre is too far away for families to access on foot. When untreated, common illnesses including malaria, diarrhea, cough and meningitis can prove fatal. The child mortality rate in this community is very high, with the most vulnerable being babies and children under age five. Families are living in spiritual poverty, too. Most observe a mixture of Muslim and animistic practices and have never heard about Jesus.

But the local church in Leo has a deep desire to reach out to their community with the transforming gospel of Christ and respond to some of the most pressing needs of children.

By opening a child development centre, children will have access to health care and will receive supplementary food as needed. Through your support they will also have the opportunity to go to school and receive vocational training, age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship, as well as education on important topics like health, hygiene and how to form healthy relationships. Along the way, they will also receive personal attention, guidance and love from caring members of the Christian community.

Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassion’s program, children learn they are loved, develop hope for their future and realize that God wants to use them to help others. These children grow up to be givers and leaders in their community.

Help children build a new future free from poverty and full of promise by launching a holistic children’s ministry!

Children’s ministry launch

Help a church in Burkina Faso open a holistic child development ministry.

Church name: Pentecost Evangelical Assembly the Good Samaritan

Community information: Leo is a community in Burkina Faso of 6,307 people. Most people work as day labourers, subsistence farmers, petty/market traders or hired hands on plantations. Most work is seasonal or temporary, and caregivers only earn about $55 per month. Three per cent of the population is unemployed. Homes are made of wood roofs, mud or adobe walls and dirt floors. The main diet includes beans, cereal, maize, plantains, potatoes and rice. The community is predominantly Muslim, but many people also practise animism.

What is provided through this gift:

  • Centre staffing
    • Staff salary
  • Child registration and caregiver orientation
    • Meal for children on registration day
  • Administrative equipment and supplies
    • Office computer and printer
    • Office filing cabinets and shelves
    • Office desk and chair
    • Office supplies
  • Classroom furnishings and supplies
    • Toys, games and minor sports equipment
    • Teaching resources and supplies
    • Curriculum printing
  • Kitchen furnishings and supplies
    • Cups, bowls and cutlery
    • Cooking pots, pans and cooking utensils
    • Gas tank and cooking fuel
    • Storage cabinets and closets
  • Health checkups and supplies
    • Initial health screenings
    • Height and weight measurement tools
    • First-aid kits

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.