Posted by: bwoof | November 7, 2009

Hot in Burkina Faso

burkinafasoweatherToday here in Ancaster it’s a pleasantly cool fall day, perfect for raking the leaves that cover our yard. But, as you can see above, it’s hot in Burkina Faso at the Village of Hope where Wes is.

Today I set about to learn more about Burkina Faso. This is what I found:

burkinafasomapburkinafasoflagThe flag looks like this and the county used to be called Upper Volta. The country’s map looks like this, and Wes is near the capital, Ouagadougou, which has about a milliona people living in it.

French is the official language and the largest community of elephants in western Africa lives here.

Literacy rate is 26%. School costs about $97 US per year and most people cannot afford to go.

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of $440. It is land-locked and has no harbour, port, or natural access to trade.

The Village of Hope has 470+ kids and some of them look like this:

burkinafasokids

Grateful for:

  • plentiful drinking water
  • medical and health care…free, competent, generous, access for all
  • Christian Horizons and the services to many special needs people here and abroad

Curious about:

  • the project work at the village and how Wes and the team are doing
  • how does my plog manage to get air time at David Warlick’s site?

 

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