Latest update

Burkina Faso is facing what relief organisations call a triple crisis: COVID-19, widespread flooding and armed violence. These have led to increased malnutrition, especially among children, millions being displaced from their homes, and limited healthcare and nutrition resources in a time when they are needed the most.

READ MOREkeyboard_arrow_down READ LESSkeyboard_arrow_up

COVID-19 in Burkina Faso

How is Compassion currently operating in Burkina Faso?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    All of Compassion's local church partners still have child development centre group activities on hold, and they have readjusted their budgets to make sure children and families have food and hygiene items.

    _The churches have distributed 436,926 food packs and 255,575 hygiene kits to families and continue to work to raise awareness of COVID-19 prevention. They also have helped 17,227 individuals access medical care. _

    Some churches have helped families construct simple washing stations to use at their homes.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    The majority of letters are delayed in Burkina Faso, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your sponsored child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed in Burkina Faso, although they are currently delayed. Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver, if necessary. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognising that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for children and families in Burkina Faso who have been impacted by COVID-19—and the local staff and churches who continue to serve them in difficult circumstances.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • That God would keep the children and teachers safe and protected from COVID-19 as they return to school.
  • Comfort for Bertrand, Mouniratou, Abdoul, Solange and Issaka’s families as they grieve their passings.
  • God would heal and provide wisdom to Marie's parents, staff, and doctors as they seek to help cure her of a nerve condition that is affecting her arms and legs.
  • God’s comfort would be with the church community of BF0226 as they grieve their pastor’s passing.
  • A quick recovery for Pastor Jean as he continues to recover from malaria so he can continue to care, serve, and support the children, families, and individuals in his community.
  • Wisdom and discernment for the local church partners as they distribute food and provide income generation opportunities to the families in the communities they serve.
  • As COVID-19 prevented providing routine medical checkups, pray that the staff would have wisdom as they make plans to resume the necessary medical checkups and care needed to help the children continue to grow healthy and strong.
  • The staff as they continue to support and educate parents on how to care for their babies.
  • Wisdom and discernment for the people in leadership in Burkina Faso as they seek to provide peace and security to their country.
Born during a pandemic in Burkina Faso

Born during a pandemic in Burkina Faso

Say hello to baby Grace from Burkina Faso! Born in the middle of a lockdown, this cutie’s delivery story is quite the tale! With a national curfew from 7pm to 5am in place, there was a big chance that Grace’s mum, Celine, would not be able to get to a hospital to deliver her baby.   Read more open_in_new

Crisis Reports from Burkina Faso

  • update icon

    Heavy Rains and Flooding in Burkina Faso (Crisis Update) 23 Sep, 2020

    The situation

    Statistics released indicate a very significant impact of the rain and flooding with over 71,000 peopled affected throughout 13 regions in Burkina Faso since April. They are expecting continued impact through October and anticipate the number of affected people to increase to over 100,000.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: unknown Number of Compassion assisted children affected: unknown

    New information

    The impact assessment is still in progress.


    Please pray for the safety of children, families, local church partners and staff in Burkina Faso.

  • update icon

    Heavy Rains and Flooding in Burkina Faso 09 Sep, 2020

    The situation

    On 9 September a state of emergency was declared due to the heavy rains and flooding throughout Burkina Faso. There are extensive damages to homes, bridges, and roads. The heavy rains started in August and are expected to last through September.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: unknown Number of Compassion assisted children affected: unknown

    New information

    The national staff and local church partners are assessing impact to children and their families.


    Please pray for the safety of children, families, local church partners and staff in Burkina Faso.


Please note: Due to the current pandemic, most child development centres in Burkina Faso are temporarily closed. Our local church partners continue to meet the urgent needs of the children through home-based care.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Burkina Faso

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 11 visit the Compassion centre for eight hours on Thursdays.
  • Children aged 12 to 14 attend the centre for four hours on Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Students aged 15 and older attend for the centre for four hours on Saturdays.

Compassion Program Activities in Burkina Faso

arrow down

Compassion assisted children in Burkina Faso typically attend program activities at their local child development centre on Thursdays and Saturdays. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Burkina Faso.

9:00am - A time of prayer, devotion and breakfast. Breakfast usually consists of milk, bread and porridge.

9:30am - Spiritual lessons where children sing songs and learn Bible stories.

10:30am - Break time where children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships.

11:00am - Social-emotional lessons from conflict resolution to developing healthy self-esteem and a godly character. Children who often come from challenging home environments are taught social and personal skills.

12:00pm - Lunch and social time. Children are usually provided lunch which consists of rice, beans, sagabo (a local food made using millet or corn flour) and spaghetti. Additional nutritional support such as rice, maize and oil is provided for families in extreme need, such as those affected by HIV.

1:00pm - Health lessons where children are taught practical health and hygiene tips. Example topics include how to prevent malaria and HIV transmission.

2:00pm - Letter writing and career planning. Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests, and set goals for their future.

In addition to Compassion’s curriculum, from the age of 12, students receive vocational training in areas like mechanics, hairdressing, sewing, soap making, gardening and animal breeding. Parents are offered income generation activities and training on topics such as hygiene, malaria prevention, reproductive health and nutrition.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Burkina Faso


of people lack access to improved sanitation


mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

As millions of Burkinabes struggle to meet their daily needs, the ever-present threats of food and water scarcity across the Sahel region make life more tenuous.

Poor health is a significant barrier to Burkina Faso’s development. Approximately 27 per cent of children in the country suffer from moderate or severe growth stunting caused by chronic malnutrition during early childhood. The country currently holds the highest infant mortality rate of all of countries in which Compassion works, with approximately 53 infants dying for every 1000 born.

The overwhelming majority of people make their living from subsistence agriculture, which is vulnerable to drought, floods, and in recent times, locust plagues. Burkina Faso has a very young population: 46 per cent is under 14 and two-thirds younger than 30 years old. Many young people are frustrated by the lack of opportunity for education and reliable work. Almost one-third of primary school-aged students aren’t enrolled; instead, they often work the land in an attempt to boost their family’s income.

READ MOREkeyboard_arrow_down READ LESSkeyboard_arrow_up

Stories from Compassion around the world

02 Jun, 2020

Will COVID-19 Lead to Increased Poverty?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left millions struggling with unemployment and uncertainty. But what will it mean for our world's most vulnerable citizens—children living in poverty?.. Read more

31 Jan, 2019

Hello, Yaaba: Meet the Extraordinary Cook Who Feeds Hundreds of Children Every Week

Maton Baro wakes at 5am every Friday and walks to the local markets in her neighbourhood in sprawling Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital city. As the sun rises, she marches between the stalls, greeting the farmers and haggling good-naturedly over prices. She’s on a weekly mission to buy all the fresh ingredients she needs to feed hundreds of children at the nearby River of Love Child Development Centre (BF0450)... Read more

13 Mar, 2019

Meeting for the First Time: 14 Beautiful Photos of Sponsor Visits

It’s one of those human experiences that words cannot describe: meeting someone you’ve loved after years of ongoing friendship. We hope these precious captured moments of Compassion supporters meeting their sponsored children brings you joy, and an insight into these meaningful moments. Warning: tissues may be required! .. Read more