A bold transition for Koupéla
Saying farewell to a Burkina Faso community ready to take the next step
MARKHAM, Ont. — The term ‘graduation’ represents the act of passing from one stage of life to another. Many Canadian parents must let go and watch their child become an independent adult upon graduation from school.
At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), we work alongside community groups to improve the quality of life for the children and families who live there. As the years go by, they develop the skills necessary to take on more responsibility. After 12 to 15 years, the community is ready to graduate from CCFC’s support.
Today, we celebrate the success we’ve had working with our partners in Koupéla, Burkina Faso. While it’s a bittersweet moment, we are thrilled our donors’ support has helped inspire sustainability and independence for this community.
The community of Koupéla has made significant progress since CCFC moved in:
- 85 percent of adolescents who dropped out of school are enrolled in vocational training
- 1,780 children have been provided with school kits in the past three years
- 2,000 children and adults have been trained in children protection and child rights
- 3,000 children and adults have been trained to plant trees to preserve the environment
- 1,240 community members have access to safe water, family latrines and dustbins