Failed harvests mean hungry families in Burkina Faso. Here’s how you’re helping.

When Diadagdou Haro’s crops failed, his children went to bed hungry.

This is the simple, yet tragic, reality so many families living in the West African Sahel - a region between the Sahara Desert and rainforests that already doesn’t get much rainfall, and  where crops are already vulnerable.

His family lives in Burkina Faso and depends on their land for survival. When Diadagdou's crops failed, his children became ill and even began showing the signs of stunted growth. He was so desperate to feed his family, he begged his neighbors for food and even considered leaving the country to find work.

But you changed everything for this family.

Diadagdou's wife, Ouoba Libabodimo, walks with some of the goats she received and bred through the Lutheran World Relief project in Gnagna Province, Burkina Faso. (Photo by Jake Lyell for Lutheran World Relief)

Ouoba Libabodimo (31) walks with some of the goats she received and bred through the Lutheran World Relief project in Gnagna Province, Burkina Faso. (Photo by Jake Lyell for Lutheran World Relief)

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Lasting solutions to drought and hunger

You help farmers like Diadagdou in the Sahel region overcome droughts and food shortages through Lutheran World Relief programs like:

  • Animal sharing, or habbanayé — Families get 1 male and 2 female goats to breed and pass on.
  • Soil and water conservation — 4,600 households in Niger and 430 in Burkina Faso are learning how to increase farming productivity during droughts.
  • Information sharing — Villages in Mali and Burkina Faso receive radio broadcasts about crucial techniques to improve crop and animal production.

In the coming years, droughts and food shortages are predicted to rise. But equipped with the tools you gave them, Diadagdou's family has a fighting chance. You gave them the opportunity to build a more stable future. 

Farmers pitch in together to construct a small stone wall in Gnagna Province, Burkina Faso. (Photo by Jake Lyell for Lutheran World Relief)

Farmers pitch in together to construct a small stone wall in Gnagna Province, Burkina Faso. (Photo by Jake Lyell for Lutheran World Relief)

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Facing the future with hope

With your help, Diadagdou’s family’s 3 goats are now 18 goats, and they sell them to earn money for food and supplies. They also now focus on preparing their farmland for periods without rain. “If you have food, the other things can be taken care of,” says Diadagdou.

Your gifts make this work possible. Diadagdou’s future looks brighter, but there are more farmers with crops in danger and starving children. You can pull another family out of hunger with your donation.

Please donate now to save another family from hunger and poverty — and give them lasting independence!

 

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