Burkina Faso

What we do 

Children and youth in Burkina Faso face several challenges during their childhood and adolescence. Malnutrition, sickness, low level of education, lack of knowledge among parents/caretakers to ensure appropriate care and protection of their children, child labor and early pregnancies are just examples of some of the challenges and risks faced by child and youth in Burkina Faso—particularly in the rural areas where BØRNEfonden operates. 

Home visits: Around 80 pct. of our field staffs’ time is allocated to home visits. Through this extensive work BØRNEfonden provides counseling for children, youth and their families enrolled in our programme with the aim of supporting children’s education, safety and health. 


While working in Burkina Faso, BØRNEfonden has achieved the following, and much more: 

  • Since 1996 BØRNEfonden has established more than 410 classrooms, nearly 30 libraries and more than 50 wells.
  • Each year 9,670 children and their families/caretakers receive person-to-person counseling in the areas of health and education. 
  • In a year the counseling helped to refer 38 seriously ill children to health clinics or other relevant service provider, and 4,165 children and 7,328 parents/caretakers received appropriate health care preventing severe sickness or even death. 
  • 2,064 parents and caretakers have improved their possibility to generate an income through micro-credit loan and/or agricultural equipment. 
  • BØRNEfonden sponsors approximately 10,400 children in Burkina Faso.

About BØRNEfonden 

BØRNEfonden is an independent development organisation funded by private sponsorships and business partnerships. Together, we assist more than 67.000 children and youth in creating their own future in Togo, Mali, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso and Benin. BØRNEfonden was founded in 1972 and have since grown to become Denmark’s largest development organisation measured in private funds. 

• BØRNEfonden has an annual turnover of more than $35,5 million (USD) 

• We are focused on long-term development work and social sustainability through local partnerships and cooperation 

• We work in four key intervention areas: Education, children’s health, income generating activities and children and development.

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The structural conditions to which children and youth are subjected are crucial in order for them to live a safe and healthy childhood.

The overall objective of this intervention area is to enhance and safeguard the capabilities and opportunities for children and youth to reach their full potential and thus come to act as agent of change in their own lives and in the development of their communities. 

BØRNEfonden works within the following four components in this initiative: ‘Child Development’ ‘Child Protection’, ‘Child Rights’ and ‘Child Participation’.

Child Development
We work to enhance the learning opportunities for children and youth. With a focus on increased access to libraries, letter writing and homework support we ensure better changes for the children and youth to develop their reading and writing skills.

We create access to sport and creative activities, such as drawing, theatre and storytelling, and thereby enhancing children's creative and motoric development. 

We support age-related activities. With a focus on age we ensure that the knowledge and competences forwarded to children and youth are related to their given life situation and thereby make the activities as beneficial as possible for the children.

Child Protection
We create and support safe and protective environments.

We advocate for a child’s upbringing to be in a safe and protected environment. Through campaigns targeting the broad local population we create awareness about the necessity of making a safe and protected environment for a child’s upbringing.

We focus on capacity building young people. Through educational activities we teach young people to protect themselves, mainly against HIV/AIDS and STI.

Child Rights
We focus on the legitimate rights for children and youth. By facilitating birth certificates we support and improve the legitimate rights of children and youth.

We advocate for the rights of children and youth. Through campaigns we influence the official institutions and organizations to implement and render existing policies in favour of the rights of the children and youth.

Child Participation
We enhance a supportive community structure for child participation. Through attitude-changing activities we aim to influence parents and adults to realize and acknowledge the potential of children and the sustainable affect they can have on developing their community in order for them to make children participate in the community.

We support the establishment of child-committees, where children and youth have the opportunity to develop competences and skills in self-realization and democratic processes. This will expectantly enable a desire to be active, dedicated and participating citizens.

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