In one of Africa's poorest countries, Burkina Faso, extreme poverty is everywhere. Even for the able-bodied, it is often a struggle just to survive; to be born there not just poor but also with a disability therefore is to suffer a tragic fate...
"That's why A Better Life Foundation is here -
helping the destitute and people with a disability ... to help themselves.
Improving their lives by providing a basic education, free from preventable, controllable or curable diseases can stop a new generation from inheriting the chains of poverty from the previous.
A Better Life Foundation is also working to change attitudes towards disability and helping people with a disability to show their peers & elders that, not only are they capable of contributing to society, but also that they are an equal and valuable part of that society."
Alexandre Tapsoba, National Field Director and Representative of A Better Life Foundation in Burkina Faso
A Better Life Foundation focuses its work on improving the lives of the most vulnerable by providing help in four main areas:
- Education for Children with a Disability >>
Providing schooling for children with a disability and children of parents with a disability.
- Better Vision for the Destitute >>
Ophthalmic programme in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas
- Better Health in Rural Communities >>
Organising and running Community Health Programmes
(including noma and malaria prevention)
- Life-Enhancing Surgery >>
Providing surgery on cleft lips, cleft palates, facial deformities (including Noma) and club feet.