Burkina Faso

Rodrigue Ouedraogo, CRS project manager, hugs a woman from the Delwende Center, a home for women accused of being witches. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

Rodrigue Ouedraogo, CRS project manager, hugs a woman from the Delwende Center, a home for women accused of being witches. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in the heart of the Sahel region of Africa. With most of the economy engaged in mining and agriculture, especially cotton, Burkina Faso's economy is highly susceptible to fluctuations in world commodity prices and natural disasters. Since most farmers engage in subsistence farming, recurring prolonged droughts and severe floods have led to widespread food shortages. In addition, current instability in Mali has led to an influx of refugees, adding to the populations' already vulnerable state. Coupled with limited access to health care and education, it is difficult for most Burkinabé to meet even their most basic needs.

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Stats

Population:17,812,961 (July 2013 est.)
Size:105,869 sq. mi.; slightly larger than Colorado
People Served:1,919,703 (2013 est.)

History

Catholic Relief Services has been present in Burkina Faso since 1960, after an agreement between the government of Burkina and CRS was signed for its assistance on the 16th of August, 1960

CRS provided humanitarian and food aid to Burkina Faso shortly after its independence from France in 1960. In 1962, CRS began providing education assistance, especially school feeding. CRS has continued to provide humanitarian and food aid as well as emergency response to several severe droughts in the 1970s and 1980s and floods in 2007, 2009 and 2010. CRS has expanded its programs to include long-term development in education, agriculture, health, HIV and AIDS, microfinance, water and sanitation, and peace and justice.

Partners

Government of Burkina Faso: Ministry of Education
OCADES Caritas Kaya
OCADES Caritas Dori

Programs

Agriculture
Education
Disaster Response
Health
Microfinance
Safety Net
Water and Sanitation


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