Burkina Faso

  • How We Work
    How We Work

    How We Work

    CCFC empowers communities to create a safe place for children to grow, laugh, learn and play so they can achieve their full potential.

Focus on Children

Children are at the centre of all we do.

We are a child-centred international development organization. We protect and improve the lives of children by helping them realize their basic human rights. Inspiring adults and children to work together is key to positive, lasting change.

We empower communities to create a safe place for children to grow, laugh, learn and play

Our Impact

In Burkina Faso...

Sponsored children: 7,454

Beneficiaries: 63,339

Local partners: 5

Communities: 17

Where We Work

Burkina Map
Country Office Headquarters
01 BP 5159, Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso
Fada N'Gourma

We help families support the healthy growth and development of children from infancy through childhood to adolescence and young adulthood

Life Stages

Children experience poverty differently from adults. Their age, inexperience, lack of political and economic power, and dependence on others, make them particularly vulnerable to abuse. We empower children to know their rights, be active participants in their community, and use their voice and talents for change.

Implementation Through Partners

We are proud of our work with local, Canadian and international partners to change the lives of children. Partners help make our programs possible.

We partner with governments, NGOs, community-based organizations, academic institutions and child, youth and women's groups

Community Development Across Sectors

Our work helps communities be safer and healthier places for children to grow and develop using a holistic approach across multiple sectors and needs.

We partner with communities to improve access to medical care, nutritious food and clean water; eliminate barriers to education; create new sources of income; and empower local community groups to lead their own positive change.

In Burkina Faso (for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018):


people have been reached by health-awareness campaigns


children are enrolled to receive nutritional/food rations
2,513 children received an annual health checkup

and Nutrition

Investing in health and nutrition means better health for children, improved school attendance, greater life expectancy and fewer childhood deaths.

In the rural areas of Burkina Faso children are at a high risk of becoming malnourished. The most common food, cornmeal, has hardly any nutritional value and is not always available.

Poverty, drought and failing crops further threaten Burkina Faso's children. School-based nutritional programs encourage children to go to school and give them the fuel they need to succeed.

We help school canteens get the ingredients they need to serve healthy lunches to schoolchildren in Burkina Faso.

With our partners, we also coordinate educational workshops on nutrition and health so parents and caregivers can learn how to create healthy meals for children.


sanitation facilities, such as latrines or toilets, have been built or improved


clean water sources have been built or improved

Sanitation and Hygiene

Investing in safe drinking water and sanitation means CCFC can help reduce disease and sickness, shortening the time it takes to get water for cooking and cleaning — time children can better spend in school.

CCFC provides resources to dig boreholes, and build wells to increase access to drinking water. In some cases, this also provides water for school gardens.

Food grown from the gardens in Burkina Faso helps improve school canteen menus. Children learn about gardening and have the chance to put their knowledge into action.

We also help ensure latrines are built, which improves sanitation for families, and we conduct awareness-raising sessions to teach communities about proper sanitation and hygiene.


children and youth have received educational supplies


children and youth participated in extra- or co-curricular activities
1,526 students, parents, teachers, community leaders and more have been reached by awareness-raising campaigns


Investing in education means creating opportunities for the future. It also helps children grow confidently to know their rights — making them less vulnerable to violence and exploitation and better prepared to be leaders in their community.

Christian Children's Fund of Canada is working in communities to ensure children in Burkina Faso can go to school, despite their families’ financial situation. We focus mainly on primary and secondary school students. Our donors and sponsors help provide school supplies, school fees and school canteens so children have nutritious food.

In Burkina Faso, CCFC has implemented a parenting education and early childhood stimulation model known as Learning Through Play. Through the program, parents, pre-school and primary school teachers and community workers learn the importance of early childhood development. With proper emotional, mental, social and physical development, children up to six years old are better prepared to attend — and stay — in school.


Equipment, tools or supplies provided for vocational activities


individuals have benefited from income-generating activities

Economic Growth

Helping adolescents, youth and adults build small businesses and participate in basic skills-training means children develop greater confidence and self-esteem, and parents can provide for their children long after CCFC leaves to help another community.


people have been reached by campaigns on child rights and protections


awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns about emergency preparedness have been conducted


Community members and organizations who work together can achieve positive and lasting change. Empowered communities are safer places for children to grow, laugh, learn and play.

In the communities we work, our partners’ program staff mentor and support local groups to manage and implement program activities. This helps community members develop skills, resources and leadership so they can lead future development.

CCFC also developed a document to guide local management committees to strengthen their organization, so when CCFC leaves for another community, local management committees flourish.

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