Burkina Faso is a country in Western Africa where nearly eighteen million people live in a space that is just a little larger than Colorado. The country is landlocked and has few natural resources, causing much of the population to live in poverty.
Ouagadougou, its capital where we will be living, is a city of over two million people.
The majority of people ride motor bikes to get around the city.
|A typical street view filled with motor bikes|
French, the national language, is the language that we’ll be learning, but 90% of Burkinabe also speak native African languages.
As of 2010, 21% of the population had unimproved drinking water sources and 83% of the population had unimproved sanitation facility access.
|A neighborhood in a fairly rural area of town|
The country is predominantly Muslim (60.5%), but there are also those with Catholic (19%), animist (15.3%), and Protestant (4.2%) beliefs. The Christian and Missionary Alliance, among other groups, has established several churches and youth centers where the Gospel is being shared.
Envision works to utilize short-term American teams to do short-term trips to get various projects going that the local Burkinabe Christians then are able to keep going themselves. These projects range from well drilling to building to instructing, yet while all projects have the purpose to give the Burkinabe support, they moreover have the purpose to give more people the chance to hear about Jesus’ love.
We are excited to spend a year in this country!
Credit for all facts and maps used on this page goes to The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013. <https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html>.
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