BENEFITING: LIGHTING THE PATH ENTERPRISES
Lighting the Path is working to help give girls in Burkina Faso opportunity for education and hope for a future. We are making plans to build a facility to house teen girls who have been abandoned by their families. We will also include a school building for girls to complete their education, a tech building for skills training which will allow them to earn an income and an agricultural center for teaching gardening and how to successfully raise animals. We have land which is designated for the center and a committed Burkinabe Pastor and his wife who will oversee the center and programs. Without assistance girls face a life of struggling to survive and minimal opportunity to do more than labor. Lighting the Path is already working and implementing successful empowerment projects which are bringing income and hope into the lives of women in Burkina Faso. We have assisted women in villages to form associations and have given supplies and training to women to begin small enterprise. We have women making soap and lotions, sewing and weaving fabric and earning an income. We are seeing this build self esteem and raise the standard of living for their family which enables these women to send their children to school, buy food and medicine and build a better life. The country of Burkina Faso, West Africa is one of the most under developed countries in the world ranking in the bottom seven by the United Nations World Development index. Over 80% of the population are subsistence farmers and live with no electricity or running water and survive on scant food they grow. Women are often the laborers for the family with their days filled with carrying water for miles, gathering fire wood, caring for children and just trying to help their families survive. One in every five children die before the age of five and as many as 30% of village women die in childbirth. Women were often not sent to school with the literacy rate for women being 15.1% of the population and have an existence of futility and hopelessness.