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National partner profile: Burkina Faso

Burkina Initiative

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Burkina Initiative is an NGO with three main focus areas: child development and education, economic development, and peace-building. They take care of street children and youth in order to contribute to their social and professional integration. While they provide a variety of services for their participants, they also use football as an exit strategy for youth experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, and other social difficulties.

Their education programme is focused on raising awareness about health, particularly about HIV/AIDS prevention. The workshops further include education on leadership, agricultural self-sufficiency, such as horticulture and managing livestock, and on promoting economic, social, and cultural sustainability. The organisation has established partnerships between the youth and microfinance institutions. Burkina Initiative also provide homeless people with legal and material assistance.

In 2014, Burkina Initiative organised 11 local tournaments and one international tournament titled Burkina Cup Initiative. Additionally, they took part in eight other local tournaments and in the International Friendship Tournament held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The tournament in Tougou in June 2014 was set up in cooperation with the Ministry of Health in order to promote blood donation and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. They also ran a national tournament across the cities of Koumbri, Ramatoulaye, and Ouahigouya.

Their programme is supported by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Youth, City of Ouahigouya, and some members of parliament from the province of Yatenga.

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Mission statement

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Burkina Initiative promote football as a means to change lives of homeless and unemployed youth. They aim to create a spirit of solidarity among the youth and develop their social and leadership skills, make them active citizens, and provide them with opportunities for self-employment.

Burkina Initiative work to give every child and youth in Burkina Faso the opportunity to a healthy, happy life.

Goals for the future

Partnerships

To become affiliated with the Burkinabe Football Federation

Tournaments

To organise tournaments in five cities in Burkina Faso based on the model of the Homeless World Cup, and to organise 25 local tournaments and three international tournaments overall

Training Sessions

To cooperate with professional training centres to provide more experienced coaches, and to construct a visitor centre and a football training centre

Additional information

Partner since

2015

Football Activities

Burkina Initiative organize training sessions twice per week and run international and local tournaments, including the national tournament.

Team selection

During the national tournament

Non-football services

They provide health education, HIV/AIDS prevention, microfinance, workshops on leadership, social skills, employment, agricultural self-sufficiency, and economic, social, and cultural sustainability, and legal and material assistance

Participants challenges

Poverty, limited access to education, limited access to employment, and a lack of social skills

Country challenges

Burkina Faso is one of the countries with the lowest Human Development Index in the world (UNDP, 2013). Around 44.6% of the population live below the national poverty level. Living in a landlocked country makes the country's population particularly vulnerable to economic shocks, which limit vulnerable people’s access to food, as well as housing (World Food Programme, 2015).

Homelessness Statistics

Besides poverty and food crisis, additional causes of homelessness are heavy rains and floods affecting thousands of people every year. In 2007, 40,000 people were displaced and 26,800 houses were destroyed due to the floods (IRIN News, 2008).

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