Jacob’s Well is involved in a few different projects in Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation of 16 million people in West Africa which is one of the poorest countries in the world.
For several years Jacob’s Well have been sending containers filled with valuable drugs, medical consumables and other medical equipment to hospitals throughout the country. The hospitals in Burkina are all privately funded and receive no help from the government. This means that people are mostly unable to pay for any health care. The hospitals are primitive and lacking in even the most basic equipment and medicines. It is an urgent priority to continue sending medicine to Burkina Faso.
We also have a strong emphasis on supporting Education. According to the UN Development Programme it has the lowest level of literacy in the world. In 2008 just 25.3% could read and write. A year’s schooling costs about £62 which is far more than most Burkinabè families can afford. This often means that boys get chosen above girls to be educated. Jacob’s Well Appeal works in partnership wtih the ABC Children´s Aid school in Bobo Dioulassou, Burkina Faso’s second city. This school educates over 500 children from the poorest homes who would otherwise not go to school. In addition we work with the parents (often refugees from the Ivory Coast and Mali) providing education, skills training, growing crops and micro-loans which enable women to set up small businesses and support their families.
Jacob’s Well is also involved in supporting agricultural projects in Burkina. We have supplied a number of tractors to enable communities to cultivate more land for crops. We are also running a project that is planting hundreds of fruit trees in poor rural communities around the country. For more detail visit our agricultural projects link.