E&D au Burkina Faso

Through its projects that favor childhood development, E&D has intervened in Burkina Faso for more than 10 years. Its social, economic and political context is very difficult today. E&D works to promote and encourage access to education for all, to improve maternal and child care, to strengthen the resilience of the most disadvantaged families in the suburban areas of Ougadougou.

Key Figures 2014 :

15 471 direct beneficiaries
552 939 indirect beneficiaries
49% children
51 % women and young girls
592 406 of investment in 2014

Local Partners :

- ASCED (Association de Soutien aux Enfants en Circonstances Difficiles)
- AGIR (Groupe de Santé en Travail et Développement)

Context

Burkina Faso is facing an urbanization that it is struggling to control, in particular in the suburban areas around its capital. As a matter of fact, the population of Ouagadougou has multiplied by two between 1996 and 2011. The city authorities of Ouagadougou have not integrated this growth while developing basic social services at the same rate. A third of the population of Ouagadougou lives in ‘’unplanned areas’’, squatter settlement areas, without transportation, electricity, water or sanitation. This environment has a strong impact on the quality of life of the most disadvantaged populations, especially children under 5 years old.

The Projects

- Family Development :
Facing this situation, Enfants & Développement has developed a work method called ’Family Support’’, based on home care visits, meetings in social guidance centers, collective initiatives, etc. It promotes physical, mental and social well being of the most disadvantaged populations.

- Early Childhood :
Additionally, through its Early Childhood project, E&D contributes to the improvement of the conditions of education, specifically among the most disadvantaged. Education and schooling from the youngest age are seen as essential to the learning and development process of the child. This is a major challenge in Burkina Faso where half of the population is younger than 14 years old and where preschool education stands at 4%. In the context of the impoverishment of populations and in light of the deterioration of social and family links, as well as alimentary, educational and sanitary security, the training of young children remains a major challenge for the parents, communities and public authorities.

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