Promoting holistic development of children through parental education (PROCHE) in Eastern Burkina Faso
January 2017 - February 2019
Many parents in rural Burkina Faso don’t understand the importance of engaging with their children and nurturing their development. That’s why Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is training parents to take a more active role in their child’s development (age zero to six). So far, a new full-equipped early-childhood development centre has been built and 15 groups — including three men’s groups — have been formed to promote a Learning Through Play methodology to nurture child development. Nearly 2,000 children have already been positively impacted by the project. Building on the success of PROCHE, CCFC and ChildFund Korea introduced the Child Booster project. It will use mobile clinics to carry medical equipment to remote areas to improve access to healthcare in collaboration with local health centres.
Addressing the issue of children working in gold mines
March 2017 - March 2019
Many children in Burkina Faso, who don’t have their basic needs met, leave school to work in dangerous gold mines, jeopardizing their future. Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, along with like-minded partners, Spain-based EDUCO and locally based Tabiltal Lobal, are addressing the issue in four municipalities. So far, four local-watch committees have been formed in each municipality, more than 2,100 children have been reached in awareness-raising campaigns, more than 60 children have been enrolled at a vocational training centre and nearly 180 children have returned to school.
Funding Partner: European Union
Reducing vulnerability and reinforcing resilience to disaster-risk areas
March 2017 to March 2018
The environmental conditions in Burkina Faso are difficult to endure. Imagine a seven- to nine-month drought season and a rainy season complete with violent storms and heavy rains, which often cause damage. That’s why Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is working with its local partner EE/SIM to train youth, women and community-based organizations on climate change and how to prepare for environmental disasters and build resiliency. The project is expected to reach 3,000 people, including 1,300 women.
Fight against early and forced marriage project
May - December 2017
Nearly 70 percent of girls in the Eastern region of Burkina Faso enter into early, forced marriages, according to the Burkina Faso government. That’s why Christian Children’s Fund of Canada has been working with EE/SIM, a local partner in this region, to prevent early marriages as well as the kidnapping of girls for matrimony. Through the project, 3,000 children, including 2,000 girls, were reached and became involved in awareness-raising campaigns in their communities and on local radio. Now, community leaders are strengthening awareness about the issue and empowering children and youth to realize their basic rights.