Since mid-October, the seven Emmaus groups in Burkina Faso, both full and trial members, have been working to assist internally displaced people fleeing jihadist attacks. In partnership with social welfare services, village and community leaders, the groups identified priority beneficiaries in their areas of work and set up an emergency project to cover their basic needs.
They organised the distribution of kits in makeshift camps and to host families where displaced people have found refuge. In total, 23 330 people have received food parcels and hygiene kits, and almost 2 000 people have attended prevention sessions on communicable diseases.
All the groups in Burkina Faso received funding from the Emmaus International emergency fund to carry out these actions. This was possible thanks to the proceeds from the Emmaus groups’ annual solidarity sales, and the Abbé Pierre Foundation. The Burkinabe groups also made their own contribution to this project.