We all have busy lives, but can we stop a bit and reflect on exactly what life is like for a small child currently growing up in Burkina Faso?
We only need to take a single glance at the literacy statistics that will tell us a grim tale. In spite of the best of intentions and efforts, the rates for literacy and school attendance amongst orphans in Burkina Faso are still hovering amongst the very lowest in the world.
These statistics are merely the tip of the iceberg. Current data shows that one child out of every five will almost certainly not live beyond his or her fifth birthday due to chronic malnutrition bought on by famine and endemic poverty.
The odds are already stacked against the Burkinabé child, and they can hardly ever enjoy the childhood of their counterparts living in the first world. Lack of education means that they will not be able to develop into literate, healthy and employable adults. And without employment, they will drift into a life of vice and crime, from which there is little escape.
|Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%) 2008-2012, male||46.7|
|Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%) 2008-2012, female||33.1|
|Number per 100 population 2012, mobile phones||57.1|
|Number per 100 population 2012, Internet users||3.7|
|Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%) 2008 -2012, male||3|
|Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%) 2008 -2012, female||3|
|Primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%) 2008-2012*, male||82.4|
|Primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%) 2008-2012*, female||76.4|
|Primary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%) 2008-2012*, male||65.2|
|Primary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%) 2008-2012*, female||61.1|
|Primary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%) 2008-2012*, male||53.8|
|Primary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%) 2008-2012*, female||50|
In the light of the above, we can see that an overwhelming number of orphans in Burkina Faso are either out of school or have never even been to one to begin with. At the national level, regardless of their area of residence, orphans are almost always less likely to go to school than their nonorphan counterparts. This issue is further compounded by the very nature of their predicament.
For instance, HIV/AIDS orphans are even less likely to be in school, and the few who do attend school are bullied by classmates and teachers alike. As a result, many drop out before completing their primary education.
The above statistics show the true face of deprivation. But it does not always have to be this way at all. Join with us to give these poor orphans in Burkina Faso a second chance at life. After all, they have no one else they can depend on to help them in their hour of need.