Rising above adversity
CCFC provides aid as children and their families recover from a devastating flood in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Thousands of Burkina Faso residents continue to struggle with life after severe floods ruined their homes and left many without basic necessities this summer.
Nov. 19, 2015
“We lost almost everything,” says Assita (pictured above, left), 14. Her home, food, clothes and school supplies were ruined, while her father was 100 kilometres away in Sapoui working on a farm to support his family of 10.
Assita’s family is not alone. Nearly 30,000 people living in eight regions, including the capital of Ouagadougou, were affected by the flooding. Eight people died, 54 were injured and nearly 2,500 residents were displaced from their homes and relocated to shelters.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) joined with in-country partners, Assemblies of God in Ouagadougou and Eglise Evangélique de la Société Internationale Missionnaire in Diapaga, to provide aid following the disaster. More than 400 children were given school supplies and solar lamps, 80 children were given energy-boosting biscuits, more than 40 mothers were given dignity kits (including toothpaste, toothbrushes, underwear, lotion and other women’s hygiene products) and nearly 450 people were given soap.
For many, the flooding meant the end of a school year. Some — like Assita — were lucky. The teen could travel to her uncle’s home, so she’d have a safe place to live and could continue attending school. Now she has to trek seven kilometres — instead of three — to the schoolhouse, but that’s not a concern.
It helps that CCFC replenished her school supplies. “I benefited from a school kit composed of a school bag, several copybooks, pens, rulers and [more]. I also got a solar lamp. This is very helpful. Thank you so much,” she said.