Les amis de Hampate Ba

Improving Learning Outcomes, Fighting Girl Dropout Rates, and Promoting Human Excellence is the mission of Les amis de Hampate Ba for students at the Amadou Hampate Ba Middle School in Niamey, Niger. By promoting and financing the development of the school, and providing grants, we help underprivileged youth in Niger become a positive and responsible force within the community.
Feb 21, 2013


Testimony made by one of these smiling children’s father who shows his amazed gratitude!

 “My concerns for my children are, in order: feeding them, taking care of their health and then finding the means to send them to school. I have 12 children. Ten are grown up, and two are babies. Currently five of them are in school. We tighten our belts and pay little by little. Most of my oldest children ended up dropping out of school. They were performing poorly so they didn’t want to continue. The Hampate Ba School is different: it does not get rid of those who perform poorly. They get extra hours with good teachers. That is why my children are progressing well in this school. They might even finish it! And if they do finish it, they will either continue their education or get a job that will allow them to take care of themselves and to help us. But I can also see the immediate benefits of being in this school. For example, because my children can read, they can sort out all of my family papers like birth certificates. And, my daughter tells me what is good for us to eat and what is bad for us to eat. We now try to use less aromatic cubes in our sauces because they are far too salty and bad for our blood pressure!”

Thanks to your generous donations, we are bringing literacy to children in Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries. We humbly thank you for your continued contributions and constant support.   You are helping us write a story of hope in the battle for global literacy.

Feb 21, 2013


These 3 radiant faces say it all! This semester, in grade 8, the Gold, the Bronze and the Silver Awards were won by three girls!

Hanatou : I worked hard and felt very much supported by my teachers.

Hadiza : I like coming to Hampaté Bâ  School because I feel I can do my best here. At home, it is not always the case. My brothers count more than I do.

Sara : It is nice to see three girl winners on the podium!! I’m happy to be one of them!

Studies show that girls’ learning achievement is greatly affected by what goes on in the classroom, such as teachers giving preferential treatment to boys. Changes in the behavior of teachers, such as calling on girls as well as boys, have increased the girls’ participation at the Amadou Hampaté Bâ School, and the academic results are here to prove it. Making sure all teachers participate in gender-sensitive trainings is another step we have taken to increase equality for girls in the classroom and this has helped break down stereotypes about what girls are capable of doing.

Your donations help us provide an environment where the innate gifts of girls can be nurtured and developed.  So please continue supporting our girl empowerment project. We are so grateful to you for helping us change these girls’ lives for the better! Thank you!

Nov 26, 2012

The New School Year

Some schools help you pass an exam, others get you through life.

In October, the beginning of the new school year for students in Niger, we asked our girl students who receive scholarships from us to continue school, how they felt about coming back to the Amadou Hampaté Bâ Middle School and here's what they had to say!

  • I'm looking forward to math. I like numbers. I'm looking forward to lunch as well. I love sharing my condensed milk sandwiches with my friends.
    Amina, 13
  • I'm looking forward to recess and making new friends and seeing my old friends. I like science because our teacher is very good and I want to become a botanist.
    Ousseina, 14
  • I'm looking forward to changing classes and making new friends. I'm definitely looking forward to meeting my teachers. Teachers here care about us. I'm not looking forward to waking up so early in the morning though.
    Salamatou, 15
  • I'm looking forward to French. It's my favorite subject. I'm not looking forward to the English class because it's going to be new and perhaps difficult.
    Nana, 12

Ordinary words from ordinary girl students? No, not really. In Niger, the rate of early marriage is of 77 percent. Without your donations, Amina, Nana, Ousseina and Salamatou would NOT have come back to school. Not being able to afford their school fees, their parents would have most probably married them off. At 14 and 15, they would have been talking about their difficult pregnancies, their babies’ health problems, their relationships with their co-wives, their lack of independence, and their difficult economic situation.

 Thanks to your donations, these girl students won’t be taken out of school once they hit puberty. At the Hampaté Bâ Middle School, Amina, Nana, Ousseina, and Salamatou will not only benefit from an education that will provide them with factual knowledge and technical skills, but they will also learn social skills and develop self-esteem and the confidence needed to access resources and opportunities, and to voice opinions.

 Thanks to your generosity, Les amis de Hampaté Bâ will be able to give girl students more years of schooling which will result in many positive outcomes, including later ages of marriage, lower fertility, and healthier and better educated children.

 If that is not making a difference in someone’s life, what is?

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