• Buildings of overworked children's support centres

As first reported here.

Orphanages, nurseries and foster homes provide support to orphans, vulnerable children, and children in distress in Burkina Faso. In the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, according to officials, these structures are overwhelmed by a large number of residents.

Children in difficult circumstances are often in the care of shelters. These children are usually orphans, abandoned children, born of incest, or with parents with severe mental health problems.

Pastor Daniel Zoubga is the head of the centre for children in distress called The Nest, which houses more than 18 residents and 65 more currently in foster families.

“We are overwhelmed by the number of children in care. Children arrive in precarious conditions and the need for food and healthcare is great,” he said.

He also says that just recently they received twins arrived in difficult conditions. “We can not refuse a child who arrives in difficult conditions and we are compelled to reach out and do something because they are a human being”, he added.

According to sister Ida Raissa Konané, Director of the “Denkanou” nursery in sector 25 of Bobo-Dioulasso, they often refuse children due to lack of space. “We do not have enough cribs to accommodate a large number of children”, she said.

Childcare facilities for children in distress always ask people for charitable gestures for these disadvantaged children. Answering this call, the Zida Foundation for the Burkindi recently made a donation to five orphanages.

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