The Village of Hope School, which has educated thousands of students since opening in 2002, began out of compassion for impoverished and orphaned children living in Burkina Faso’s isolated rural communities.
Situated just outside of the capital city of Ouagadougou, it has grown to provide quality education, healthcare, and nutritious food to over 500 children each year.
Many of Burkina Faso’s rural villages are so remote they have no public schools, and in some cases school infrastructure has been built but not opened due to a shortage of teachers willing to relocate to the village. Founders Michel and Lydia Ouedraogo work together with a team of dedicated local Burkinabe to provide a better future for children from rural villages who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend school.
The Village of Hope (VoH) provides a high-caliber education to children who would otherwise not have a hope of attending school. Visitors to the school are always impressed with the thirst for knowledge and level of discipline these students have, and how committed the teachers are to seeing the children reach their full potential and beyond. Much like here in Canada, the government of Burkina Faso regularly conducts educational assessments and standardized testing. The VoH consistently ranks among the top schools in the country.
Nutrition and Healthcare
Proper health and nutrition are critical components of every child’s growth and development. Children at the VoH receive life-saving vaccinations, regular health check-ups, and free medical care as needed. Malnutrition is a leading cause of death and one of the biggest barriers to children in Burkina Faso reaching their potential. Students at the VoH receive 3 complete, nutritionally-balanced
meals each day, contributing to their overall health and success.
Developing Future Leaders
The Village of Hope is helping to break the cycle of poverty for hundreds of children and families. Pastor Michel and his team specifically seek out the afflicted, the outcast, and the most marginalized in an already impoverished country in order to provide them with a loving community in which they can grow, learn, and thrive. These children’s lives are turned around and they are given opportunities they would otherwise have never had.
In the beginning, some young boys and girls simply learn how to smile, to play, to be kids. Then, as they learn more, they begin to dream of who they can be and how they can impact their community, their nation, and our world! The goal and in many cases the reality is that as these children grow and learn, they can begin to teach others in their home villages and make an impact beyond themselves.