Burkina Faso - Africa

According to the U.N. Human Development Index, Burkina Faso is one of the least developed countries in Africa.

Although Burkina Faso has experienced economic growth, approximately six million people living in rural areas live in extreme poverty and in total only 20% of the population are in employment. Sanitation facilities in rural areas are extremely limited; with only 6% able to use decent facilities, the high rate of infectious diseases is unsurprising. Thousands of people remain without access to HIV treatment, though counselling and HIV testing exist for some. The life expectancy in Burkina Faso is low at only 53 years.


Children in Burkina Faso

Around three-quarters of a million children in Burkina Faso have lost one or both parents. HIV/AIDS has left many orphaned and abandoned children in Burkina Faso. A large number of births are not attended by trained medical staff and general public health facilities are often poor or non-existent. The infant mortality stands at 90.8 per 1,000.

Thousands of young girls in Burkina Faso continue to suffer female genital mutilation. The operation is commonly carried out by traditional practitioners, mostly without anaesthetics or antiseptics. These women are significantly more likely to have problems during childbirth.

In rural areas only a quarter of children go to school. Only a little more than a quarter of the population knows how to read and write


Our work in Burkina Faso

SOS Children’s Villages arrived in Burkina Faso in the 1990s. In 1997, SOS Children started its work 10km north of the country’s capital. Since 2004, we have also been running SOS family strengthening programmes, aiming to protect and support children who are at risk of losing the care of their family so that they can continue to grow up in their families of origin.


Founded in 1977, SOS Children's Village Ouagadougou has 12 family houses which are home to 120 children. The village also has a nursery school and a primary school with a capacity for 150 pupils, both of which are open to children from the local community.


Our second Village was opened in 2004 and has 12 family houses where 120 children live. The children attend the SOS nursery school together with children from the neighbourhood. This ensures that children from SOS families make friends and are integrated into the local community from a young age. They then go on to complete their primary and secondary education at the SOS school, which is attended by up to 900 pupils, making it an important educational institution in the region.

Local Contact

Villages d’Enfants SOS du Burkina Faso

Avenue Simon Comparé, Porte 1402
Ouagadougou Secteur 8
01 BP 1468 Ougadougou 01
Burkina Faso

Tel: +226/50 34 65 31

Fax: +226 50 34 65 33

E-mail: sosve.burkina@sos-burkinafaso.org

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