Social Centre for Orphans in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

School and Shelter for orphans of mothers/fathers who have died of AIDS.

The Centre offers pre-school education according to their age, plus the required food and basic hygiene. It currently accepts 71 boys and girls aged between three and six years old, and it runs fun educational activities.

The children arrive at 7:00 am to start the day, and they receive a breakfast adapted to their age. Afterwards, the different activities start. They are divided into two age groups:

1) 3 and 4 years olds.

2) 5 and 6 years olds.

Until 11:00 am they take part in fun educational activities, which build numeracy and literacy skills in French (official language of the country), and encouraging respectful attitudes, education, sociability and self-esteem.

At the end of the class, the children tidy up, then wash themselves before going to lunch at 11:30h. After lunch, the children help to wash the dishes and tidy everything away before 12:30h, when parents or carers come to pick them up, or the van is used to take them to their home town.

This van, bought by Delwende, allows many children living far away to access the Centre. It makes at least two trips per day to all the neighbourhoods in Ouagadougou that need it.

You can see in this video how children need a few days to adjust to the Centre and have fun learning.

As a sample of the Centre’s work, we show you the testimony of one of the current workers and mother of some of the children who have been educated in it, received in April this year 2015.

Project actions

1999 and 2000Assistance in the construction of the School and Shelter for Orphans due to AIDS, which comprises two classrooms for classes and workshops, the cantine, the kitchen toilets and a playground.
2005Bought a deep freeze to preserve food either donated or bought in bulk to reduce costs.
2006Aid to buy a van to transport children who live a long way or for transport for medical check ups and assistance.
2009Assistance in the extension of the Centre with a new classroom, to accommodate more children (to cater for).
2010Construction of a silo for storing grain which forms the basis of their diet. The purchase and storage at harvest time allows the centre to save on this batch for the benefit of others.
2019Paving the entrance patio, sand for the play area and purchase of beds for all the children who come to the center.
2001 a 2019Gave diverse support to the running of the Centre, financing food, wages (instructors, cookers, driver), equipment, building maintenance, basic services.
2020Renovations and refurbishment of the Children’s Center building.
2021Included in the 2020 budget and pending collection for: Paving and adaptation of a sports ground.


Ouagadougou, province of Kadiogo (Burkina Faso)