Burkina Faso, a landlocked country located just south of Mali in West Africa, is home to nearly 16.5 million people. It is currently ranked by the UN as the 5th economically poorest country in the world. It has the lowest level of literacy in the world, with 78 percent of its population illiterate and only 58 percent of children in primary school.
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Rawelgue, Burkina Faso
The village of Rawelgue was founded 600 years ago. The village is 8 kilometers from the main road and 25 kilometers from the buildOn office in the country’s capital of Ouagadougou. Community members practice Catholicism and and traditional religions and belong to Mossi ethnic group. The majority of people generate income as small-scale farmers who sell beans, corn, millet, and peanuts, as well as raise poultry and other animals for a living.
At the time of construction, there was no school available to the children of Rawelgue. Students walked as far as 7 kms to attend a school that has proper classrooms suitable for learning. The Village Chief donated the land where the buildOn school is being built.
The people of Rawelgue now have increased access to education that will help effect change in the lives of children, parents, and grandparents for generations. Each new school helps Burkina Faso increase literacy rates one community at a time.