PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN BURKINA FASO

For 36 years we've been working in Burkina Faso to promote the best interests of children, from providing essential health services to quality education.

CHALLENGES

Burkina Faso faces enormous challenges in caring for its children.
  • The UN rates Burkina Faso as the world's third poorest country.
  • Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - 66,000 each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
  • Around 93% of people living in rural areas do not have adequate sanitation facilities.
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A father who has received training through Plan International, teaches his daughter to read.
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Children line up to wash their hands at a school supported by Plan International.
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A girl grows her crops through a Plan International School Nutrition Project.

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.