Burkina Faso

is a poor, landlocked country that relies heavily on cotton and gold exports for revenue.


Population below poverty line (2009 est.)


Unemployment (2004 est.)

43% Male & 29.4% Female

Literacy rate. Total population: 36% (2015 est.)
*Sources: CIA World Factbook


Edify began operations in 2013.

Halfway through FY2021, we have impacted 53,257 students with a Christ-centered education.


School leaders trained: 198  |  Teachers trained: 195


17 loans disbursed to 17 schools  |  Total loan capital (USD): $361,544


Total Schools Impacted

*Mid-year impact from October 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021.


Dramane Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso Country Director

Dramane joined Edify in 2018 as the Burkina Faso Program Director after recently graduating with an M.A. in International and Comparative Education from Columbia University. Prior to his enrollment at Columbia, he was an ESL instructor of junior and senior high schools, as well as at the American Language Center for the Public Diplomacy office of the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou. He also served as the Academic and Access Microscholarship Program Coordinator for the Embassy.

Before his work at the embassy, Dramane was Principal of junior and senior high schools, most notably working to embed multicultural curriculums between his school in Ouagadougou and Hamilton College in Scotland. He has also worked as a freelance interpreter and translator.

Dramane also holds an M.A. in Foreign Civilization from the University of Ouagadougou.

Dramane converted to Christianity from Islam in 9th grade and has since led his family to Christ.

David Kabre,
Christian Transformation
and Training Officer

David Kabre is a Christian Transformation and Training Officer in Burkina Faso. He has also worked with international Christian organizations like Navigators and Compassion International (BF).

David has a history of working with schools and teachers and loves education. He is actively involved in evangelism through his church.

Claudia Sawadogo, Burkina Faso Christian Transformation and Training officer

Prior to joining Edify, Claudia served as a Public Diplomacy intern at the U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso, and as a marketer at African American Academy, an international school established in Ouagadougou in 2017. She also interned at the Chambre de Commerce et d’Indutrie du Burkina (Burkina Chamber of Commerce and Industry) department of communication.

Claudia obtained a license degree in English, a Master’s degree in languages applied to business and tourism from the University of Ouagadougou, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Diplomacy at Université Libre du Burkina (Free University of Burkina). She is passionate about working in a multicultural environment with people of different ages and experiences. She also likes listening to gospel music.


Ismaël K. Tiemtore,

Technology Support Officer

Ismaël K. Tiemtore started his career in 2001 with DIACFA High Tech as a computer technician, a company specializing in networking, computer maintenance, and computer hardware sales. From 2009-2014 he won many short-term contracts with UNICEF and Burkina Faso’s Administration and Information Technology Department where he was responsible for software installation, maintenance, and computer hardware inventory. In 2015, he participated in the installation and the maintenance of computer labs at Edify partner schools as a contractor before joining the Edify Team full time in August 2017.

Ismaël obtained his University Diploma in Technology (Diplome Universitaire de Technologie), Higher National Diploma (Brevet de Technicien Supérieure) and CISCO Systems Certificate.

Ismaël has worked with the youth at his church teaching Sunday school and at children’s camps.

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