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  • Burkina Faso : ABSE : certificates of honor and recognition to partners

    The Burkinabe Association for Child Survival (ABSE) was among the recipients of 11 December 2002. She was distinguished by the Head of State by the medal of knight of the National Order, staple social action. ABSE organized a friendly reception on Monday 23 December 2002 at its headquarters in (...)

  • ABSE - Burkinabe Association for the Survival of Childhood

    We met Mr. François Zongo, Executive Director of ABSE at the headquarters of the association in Ouagadougou on 1 March 2004. ABSE is a development NGO that works for the survival, protection, development and full development of childhood in Burkina Faso. The association was created in July 1991 (...)


Local solutions to respond to a regional food crisis
DORI, Burkina Faso, May 16, 2013 - After thirty-five days in Dori hospital, fifteen of whom have been in a coma, Mariama, 2, now weighs 6.5 kilos and is on the way to recovery. When she arrived, she weighed only five kilos and was suffering from severe malnutrition with complications. Over the past two years, this general hospital in northern Burkina Faso, where it is hot and dry, has experienced a steady influx of similar cases. A large-scale food crisis, affecting nine countries in the Sahel region, has resulted in more than one million children at risk of acute or already severe acute malnutrition. A country of 17 million people without access to the sea and economically weak, Burkina Faso is perhaps one of the largest producers of gold in Africa but it remains one of the poorest. In the northern region, the worsening of desertification explains the advance of the Sahara, while the pressures stemming from population growth have made the region more and more fragile. (...) Read more ...

In Burkina Faso, take the children out of the gold mines
A global movement to combat child labor gained momentum in the mid-1990s. The number of children involved in child labor declined by about one-third between 2000 and 2012, but The elimination of this practice is slow. Continuing efforts to end child labor is just one of 25 accomplishments we are celebrating as we approach the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in November. Find out what progress we have made and what remains to be done. In Burkina Faso, thousands of children work in the gold mines to support themselves and their families. A project supported by UNICEF is helping them to emerge through the acquisition of new skills. GOROL KADJE, Burkina Faso, June 11, 2014 - In the northern part of Burkina Faso, not far from Dori, 15-year-old Boureima Hawma Boukoum descends into a mine shaft the width of a manhole. Attached to a crank rope, it descends to more than 30 meters. Only an old torch lamp, fixed to its head by inner tube (...) Read more ...

Child labor in Burkina Faso
Child labor is a barrier to their schooling, their development, and their mental and physical health. Numerous legal provisions have been made to prohibit it and to reduce the minimum working age to 18 years. But on the ground, the reality is quite different. From gold mining to prostitution through small businesses, thousands of children in Burkina Faso expose their lives every day. This is a summary of some figures on child labor in Burkina Faso Child labor in Burkina Faso When gold panning competes with school benches According to a study carried out by the Ministry of Social Welfare, 35.7% of the people working on the gold-washing sites are children (06 to 17 years). One child in two lives there with all the dangers involved. They are all children of school age but only one in three of them are in primary school. These last combine school and work on the sites at the beginning then over time drop out of school. Winnowing, washing and crushing are the three (...) Read more ...
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