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Ministry Highlight: Burkina Faso

burkina-faso-africa We began our ministry in Burkina Faso in 2004 starting with the Child Sponsorship Program. So far we have 20,000 registered children in Burkina Faso.

Country Director

Palamanga Ouali joined us as Country Director of Burkina Faso in May, 2009. Palamanga is an economist with almost 17 years of experience.

Prior to coming to our ministry, Palamanga worked at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Burkina Faso, the United Nations Development Program and the United States African Development Foundation.

He has expertise in economic analysis, business development, management and human development, as well as a special interest in advocacy and policy dialogue.

Palamango holds a statistical working engineer degree from the African and Mauritius Institute for Statistics and Applied Economics in Kigali, Rwanda as well as a master’s in economics from the University of Ouagadougou.

He received his postgraduate diploma in economics policy management from the University of Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, in France.

Implementing Church Partners

Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Burkina Faso with whom we work to deliver child development and ministry in the field.

More than 50 percent of the population in Burkina Faso claim to be Islamic, while only 6 percent claim to be evangelical Christians. The Islamic population receives scholarships and investments from Islamic countries whose claim is to Islamize the country.

The lack of denominational diversity is a challenge for our ministry in Burkina Faso. Our standard is not to have more than 25 percent of the registered children from any one particular denomination. Currently, there is one denomination that accounts for more than 60 percent of our registered children in Burkina Faso.

The lack of infrastructure in churches in Burkina Faso can sometimes make child development center implementation difficult.

Another challenge is that prices of goods remain high because Burkina Faso is a landlocked country. This means that money does not go as far.

We offer training to our church partners in Burkina Faso on issues such as financial management, holistic child development, proposal writing, child development center planning, child nutrition and other topics.

Child Development Through Sponsorship

Your sponsorship of a child in Burkina Faso provides a variety of benefits.