Country: Burkina Faso

Hope Persists Despite Displacement

“We didn’t take anything from home,” Mrs. Ouedrago* recounted. “We left our village because of the terrorist attacks.”

The Ouedrago family fled their village at night to escape the violence erupting around them. Extremists had come into their town and killed indiscriminately. Young boys who resisted them were killed. After the local school was burned, the Ouedrago children were forced to abandon their education.

In the process of fleeing, the family left their belongings and livestock behind. They quietly snuck out of their village and walked all night in fear. They traveled 46 miles on foot to a location in the Centre-Nord Region, where other displaced families had gathered.

Once Mr. Ouedrago knew his wife and children were safe, he left to find work in another city. The rest of the family live in a makeshift camp with other families. Here, Convoy of Hope provides them with essential food and hygiene supplies.

“The problems we have encountered are many,” said Mrs. Ouedrago. “We survive thanks to the donations of people of good will.”

The attacks in Burkina Faso have displaced more than one million people. Individuals who now reside in camps for displaced families often struggle to find employment, education, health services, and food security.

For people like Mrs. Ouedrago and her family, hope comes in the form of food parcels, hygiene items, and other essentials. Together, Convoy of Hope has provided more than 260,000 meals to people in need there. Thank you for joining us in our mission.

*Names have been changed for the safety of those involved.

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International Day of The Girl

Convoy of Hope is celebrating International Day of the Girl, a day that acknowledges the challenges girls face and defends their rights.

Supporting girls is central to Convoy of Hope’s work to end poverty and hunger. We believe in strengthening young women like Oriana in Burkina Faso. Someday, she and millions of girls will change their communities, countries, and our world for the better. 

Oriana’s sweet, shy smile lights up when she talks about her classes. “I like science best. I find it easy. But I like to study anything. Being in school makes me so happy.”

Oriana knows she is fortunate to attend school. Her parents, like many other adults in Burkina Faso, are farmers. Their livelihoods are dependent on the fickle West African weather. During the rainy season, storms can wash away seeds and knock down crops. In the dry season, a hot wind blows from the Sahara. Food security is tenuous, and families often worry about where their next meal will come from.

Thanks to Convoy of Hope and our partners in Burkina Faso, Oriana doesn’t have to worry about whether or not she will eat during difficult times. Rain or shine, she knows she’ll receive a meal at school.

Thank you for being part of Oriana’s solution. Because of partners like you, we’re helping vulnerable children like her become everything they were born to be.

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