The Government of Monaco and the Cuomo Foundation make a commitment for vulnerable children in Burkina Faso

Monaco, 11 November 2022 – The Government of Monaco’s Office of International Cooperation and the Cuomo Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding to support children and youth living on the street and children from disrupted families in Burkina Faso.

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This project, run by Samusocial Burkina Faso and Samusocial International, covers a 3-year period (2022-2024). Several actions have been targeted including the construction of a reception and accommodation centre for children and youth living on the street, support for displaced families with children, and the implementation of support programmes for when they leave the street.

After 10 years of cooperation, the Monegasque Cooperation renewed its support at the beginning of the year for the benefit of Samusocial Burkina Faso for a further three years. The Cuomo Foundation has also pledged to provide an additional contribution over a two-year period (2022-2023) which will be used to purchase land and build an emergency accommodation centre. This support will enable Samusocial Burkina Faso to sustain its action for children living on the street.

The Government of Monaco and the Cuomo Foundation have thus reconfirmed their willingness to work together to protect children in line with the International Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989.

For the reader’s information, Burkina Faso has experienced multiple crises over the last few years (security, political, health…) leading to significant population displacements within the country. Currently there are 2 million displaced people in Burkina Faso, 60% of whom are children. The economic and social impacts of these crises and displacements strongly affect children, especially those living on the street, whose numbers are growing and who continue to suffer from the deprivation and violation of their right to protection.