MARKHAM, ON--(Marketwired - March 27, 2014) - School facilities are cherished, rare amenities in Burkina Faso. Most children in this West African country struggle to learn in overcrowded and dilapidated learning spaces that constantly expose them to hot sun, swirling dust and dry wind. That is why a recent grant of nearly $300,000 CAD from ChildFund Korea to Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) was immediately put to good use to construct and upgrade several Burkina Faso education facilities.
HOPE centre up and running
Part of the investment was used to build the new HOPE Centre, a vocational training facility with three classrooms, a storage room and an office, and to purchase training equipment for youth, including sewing machines. The training centre is the only such facility in the entire province of Zorgho and serves about 60 students.
Zorgho Early Childhood Development centre
A portion of the grant is being used to construct a fully equipped Early Childhood Development centre (ECD), and to train teachers and parents in Zorgho, the capital of Ganzourgou. Three classrooms, latrines, a playground, school canteen, fence for the complex, and other facilities, will also be built at the Zorgho ECD centre. The project will serve 150 children and is expected to be completed by December 2014.
Bogodogo pre-school facility
The remaining funds will be used to build a preschool facility in the commune of Bogodogo, near the country's capital, Ouagadougou. The centre will have three classrooms, a playground, school canteen, a borehole well, and latrines. Teachers and community members will be trained on the importance of early childhood development and child protection. The project also aims at promoting parental engagement in education, improving preschool curriculum opportunities, and strengthening the competencies of children entering the primary school system.
Mark Lukowski, Chief Executive Officer, Christian Children's Fund of Canada, is grateful to ChildFund Korea for the organization's ongoing commitment to CCFC. "I am humbled by the generosity of ChildFund Korea. This is an important investment in the lives of hundreds of children in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world," said Lukowski. "Better school environments and early childhood development centres will help these children thrive and will open the door to future success in adulthood."
"We are delighted that we can support children in Burkina Faso. Together with CCFC, ChildFund Korea resolves to continue its work to make a difference. We hope that, with our help, the children will have a chance to grow well, in a good education environment," said Je-Hoon Lee, President of ChildFund Korea.
ChildFund Korea has a longstanding partnership with CCFC and continues to support the organization's community development projects worldwide. The Burkina Faso education projects are implemented by CCFC in collaboration with several national non-governmental organizations in Burkina Faso.
CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay.
Currently, more than 500,000 children, youth and community members benefit from CCFC support, and more than 50,000 children are sponsored.
Christian Children's Fund of Canada is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a worldwide group of 12 child-centred development organizations working in 58 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful changes for children and families. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance.
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