Burkina Faso is a small, desert country located in Western Africa and is home to over sixteen million people of sixty-three different ethnic groups. The official language is French, but many cultural dialects such as More, Gourma, and Fulfulde exist and are spoken regularly across the country. Though the culture is rich and the people are diverse, Burkina Faso faces a number of development difficulties: the literacy rate sits at only twenty six percent, average life expectancy is fifty seven years, and approximately forty six percent of the population is living below the poverty line. The economy has been expanding and appears to have a promising future, but economic growth alone is not enough to meet the needs of an entire population.
I’m originally from a farm in rural Manitoba and will be going to Gourcy, Burkina Faso for my placement where I will be helping farmers overcome problems with soil erosion. My interests include sustainable agriculture and rural community development. I also enjoy watching movies and keeping up to date on current events, and I am looking forward to practicing my French speaking skills in Burkina Faso.
I’ve lived for almost my whole life in Guelph, Ontario, but have always been open to new experiences and opportunities. My newest adventure will be in Gourcy, Burkina Faso where I will be working with farmers to find solutions to some of the problems they are facing with soil erosion and desertification. I have always been interested in understanding the connection between our food and how it is grown. I guess you could say that farming runs in my family: my mom grew up on a farm which I still often visit for varying lengths of time. I’m really excited for this adventure and will be sharing my experience with friends and family back at home through my blog. A bientot!
Moi, c’est Kevin. Je serai au Burkina Faso pour ce stage universitaire. Je viens du Canada. À mon avis, 21 ans dans un pays seulement est trop – je dois parcourir ce monde. J’ai déjà passé quatre mois au Burkina à Yako (Jan-Avril 2012) faisant la même chose que je ferai en septembre; la même association, la même ville et bien sûr le même patron. C’est un programme de micro-finance dans les villages autour de Yako. Je n’ai acune idée ce que je voudrais faire dans l’avenir, mais pour l’instant je comprends qu’il faut faire quelque chose. Alors, si vous venez au Burkina l’année prochaine, faites-moi signe