How we're helping
Good hygiene is essential to good health, however most families in Burkina Faso don't have access to toilets or anywhere to wash their hands. This puts children's lives at risk of deadly waterborne diseases like typhoid and cholera.
Plan International has been encouraging communities to get involved in improving conditions. Boreholes have been drilled, and thousands of toilets have been built.
Basic education is a struggle and more than half of children are unable to read or write by the age of 15. Education is the key to escaping poverty and hundreds of classrooms have been built or repaired. Many now also have electricity, so parents can attend in the evenings after their day's work is done, and learn too.