According to the UN, it is one of the least developed countries in the world. It has one of the lowest values of HDI (Human Development Index). It amounts to 0.4, placing Burkina Faso on the 185th place among 188 countries.
- 43.7% of the society makes less than 1.90 USD per day
- the youth literacy index is 52.5%, which makes it one of the lowest in the world
- only 37.7% people aged 15 or more can read and write
- 80% of the employed population works in agriculture
A lot has been going on over the summer vacation in Burkina Faso. In just a few days in July, we raised over 24,000 PLN for the purchase of 1.5 hectares of land.The soil has already arrived. As soon as the rainy season is over we will be digging a well (water temporarily covers the ground, so we’ll have to wait with boring a hole to avoid getting confused by the groundwater).
We’ve already provided jobs for 30 families, who are harvesting 0.5 ha of the garden. This allows them to make a living, experiment with new crops, learn about agriculturein difficult, almost desert-like conditions, and enrich the villagers’ diets. In other words, they are making the most of this opportunity. Any day now more families will receive the same chance!
We successfully greened a piece of the desert and dug two wells. Plants are thriving, the mill is grinding, several dozen families have jobs and means to support themselves on their own. In addition, we equipped the sewing room, hired a teacher to train 20 women for the profession of a dressmaker 20 women. The two-year course we offer them is like a dream come true as it provides new job opportunities. 64% of Burkina Faso residents over the age of 15 cannot read or write so we also offer literacy classes in our sewing room twice a week.