Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country to the west of the continent of Africa. Grassland or desert covers much of the country. The north is part semidesert region. The south is semitropical, with wetlands and forests. The climate of Burkina Faso is generally hot and dry, but there is a rainy season.

People from Burkina Faso are called Burkinabé. French is their official language, but most people speak a Burkinabé language called Moré. More than 80 percent of the people live in small towns or villages and most adults work in agriculture.

Corn, sugarcane, peanuts, and cotton are the main farming crops. Manufacturers use these to make sugar, cooking oil, flour, and cotton. Burkina Faso is the largest producer of cotton in Africa. But despite its manufacturing success, Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. Around 43% of its population live in poverty.

Many children in Burkina Faso are members of Missionary Childhood (Mission Together) clubs. At their meetings, the children read stories from Bible, pray the Mission Rosary, learn worship songs and dances, plan ways to help people in their community, and share the little money they have to help other children around the world. Missionary Childhood also supports children like those below, by providing free meals, school equipment, and healthcare.