Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)

The mission of FBF is to promote good will, cross-cultural understanding and friendship between the people of the United States and Burkina Faso; to support grass-roots development projects in Burkina Faso; and to enrich lives of the citizens in both countries. Its Projects Committee serves as a vehicle to facilitate the organization's support of development activities. The Committee evaluates proposals, selects projects, monitors activities, and informs members about project developments.
Apr 13, 2015

Bonus Day April 14: Your Donation Matched 50%

Good news: on #GivingTuesday 2014, we raised just shy of$19,000 which will fund 12 young women with 2-year scholarships next school year to train as primary school teachers.  And in that competition, our project placed 9th out of 513 projects participating!  Ninth place. $19,000!  So an immense thank you for mobilizing your resources and networks to make that happen. 

With the arrival of spring, we’ve just been alerted to another bonus day competition that this project can take part in as part of the Youth Spark campaign.  The big day is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14- and coincidentally a great day to think about putting some of those tax refunds to good use. 

At 9am EDT (6am PDT) tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, $100,000 in matching funds will be released. Donations will be matched 50% up to $1,000 per donor, per project. As usual, bonus prizes will be awarded to the projects with the most unique number of donors.  So the more we spread the word and encourage other donors to give, the more our project stands to gain during the competition.   An important reminder: in GlobalGiving competitions, matching funds always go very, very fast.  Usually within the first 10 minutes!!!!! 

So we’re asking you to make a special donation tomorrow, Tuesday (4/14), and we’re asking you to set your alarms to do so at 9am EDT (6am PDT) sharp!

Why do we ask you time and time again to join us in this endeavor?  It’s easy.    Every young woman who has received one of our scholarships has successfully completed her training (or is currently successfully engaged in her training) and all graduates have gone on to secure a teaching job upon graduation.  Every single one! All of our graduates are now teaching in rural areas of Burkina, in the kinds of communities where-without the opportunities that donors like you have been providing them through the years-they might never have had a chance to go to school in the first place.

But they did, they did well, and now as teachers and as role models, they show other girls, their families and their communities what’s possible.  Now that’s high impact investing!

The other reason we are so excited about tomorrow’s bonus day opportunity is that as much as we’ve been able to raise so far, funding 20 teacher training scholarships in 2014, there were 158 eager and qualified young women who were turned away from this opportunity, simply due to a lack of funds.

So we see tomorrow’s competition as a great chance to fund more women to get a post-secondary education in teaching.  We hope you’ll agree and we hope you’ll join us!

We raised $19,000 last December.  Can we raise $25,000 tomorrow?!  I challenge you, I challenge the women we support-I challenge all of us to do our best for the future of Burkina Faso! 

Please set your calendar reminders for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, 9 am EDT / 6am PDT and have your donations matched 50%.  And ask a friend or two to join in this amazing opportunity.

On behalf of the Friends of Burkina Faso and NEEED, thank you in advance for your support!

Warmly,

Suzanne Plopper, Project Leader

Mar 16, 2015

Dancing With Joy

GLOBAL GIVING REPORT MARCH 2015: RAINWATER CATCHMENTS

“We Are Dancing With Joy!” Says Mariam R, a 59 year old grandmother in Sisene.  “We worked hard to build our basin six years ago and now have a little help to maintain it properly.  The engineer has met with us for the last three months and he now has developed a design to make our basin stronger. So we are dancing to celebrate strengthening the basin before the rains come.”  She continues: “Please thank your friends that are sending money.  They are wonderful. We wish them well and invite them to come visit us and see our success. They can stay with us and we can all dance together to celebrate.” After construction of this first rainwater catchment basin in Sisene, water was available every day of the year.  Gardening began being practiced on a large scale and has become permanent. Animal husbandry, fishing, development of small businesses, markets three times each week are now standard. Over 700 girls and boys are attending school in Sisene, more than double the number attending before the catchment basin was built!  Girls attend school because they no longer have to walk three hours a day to find water for their families.  This is the success we are replicating.

Community Building Group – West Africa (CBG-WA) is a registered NGO in Burkina Faso.  Just over one year ago, our Give Water Give Life program to build rainwater catchment basins began raising funds through GlobalGiving with the assistance of Friends of Burkina Faso.  It has been a terrific relationship.  On March 12, 2015, we reached our initial goal of $35,000 thanks to the generous support of you, our 1,240 GlobalGiving donors! Now please join us in ‘dancing with joy’.

Self-Help Enables Villagers. Over the last 5 months, we developed a partnership with Florida International University WA-WASH, a water and sanitation program for villages in Burkina Faso and Niger. The WA-WASH program provides services in sanitation, building latrines, and hygiene – all services that are complementary to our rainwater catchment basins program.   Field visits by the GWGL team have generated information about family structure, education, health, and economic activities in villages wanting a new rainwater catchment basin.  Data is also being collected on physical and institutional terrain and structures; farming methods; and GPS coordinates in order to effectively use satellite imagery. Villagers speak about their individual needs with respect to water and how they are truly ready and willing to work to have a new basin. One hundred fifty villages work with the WA-WASH program in Burkina Faso.  GWGL is analyzing the data, interviewing villagers, and determining how many of them might qualify to have a new rainwater catchment basin.

CBG-WA is building rainwater catchment basins in villages throughout Burkina Faso as fast as we have sufficient funds. A new rainwater catchment basin serving 2,000 village residents costs less than $50 per person.  Having water year round is critically important to the health and well-being of every resident in every village.  Global Giving makes it easy to donate and to share, providing great benefit to the villagers of Burkina Faso.

VILLAGE OF KAMSI.  The residents of Kamsi continue to meet with GWGL staff seeking guidance to build a new rainwater catchment basin in their village.  Seeing the success in Sisene has them eager to start building now.  According to the President of the Kamsi Community Association, his village once had an adequate water supply. However, there has been very little water for more than the last 10 years.  A rainwater catchment basin is sorely needed in Kamsi. The leader of the Women’s Agriculture Cooperative, speaking on behalf of her group, states: “If you help us build a basin, there will be a complete change.  There will be no labor out-migration and there will be many improvements.” 

An entire agriculturally based village can become healthier and economically self-sufficient through sustainable community development that a single rainwater catchment basin makes possible.  Give Water Give Life (GWGL) Project has a fine tuned product that requires each basin designed: meet local conditions; include local villagers’ leadership and participation; have a clay-based porosity lining (to restore the water aquifer and help raise the water table); have an emergency spillway; include solar-powered irrigation system, solar-powered filtration system, satellite imagery for optimum location placement; and data collection on overall health and nutrition. 

Global Giving donors are making it possible to build a basin in Kamsi. GWGL aims to construct this second basin in 2015.  Your suggestions on how to make the positive impacts of a rainwater catchment basin better understood will help attract more donors and investors. As a donor yourself, please tell us what attracted you to our program and what your interests are. (You may contact me at kmcdonald@givewatergivelife.org.) Please, your continued help is very much appreciated and your ideas are always welcome. 

Mariam R, 59 year old Grandmother in Sisene
Mariam R, 59 year old Grandmother in Sisene
Field Work GWGL Team Leader
Field Work GWGL Team Leader
Community Meeting - Village of Kamsi
Community Meeting - Village of Kamsi
Farming crops with rainwater catchment basin
Farming crops with rainwater catchment basin

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Feb 24, 2015

A DOUBLE BENEFIT

Six of our 2014 scholarship recipients
Six of our 2014 scholarship recipients

A Double Benefit

 

Thanks to your generous support, these six young women (Haoua, Pascaline, Maimounata, Liliane, Hawa and Marietou) are in their first year of training at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso.  These serious and spirited young women are committed to their future careers as primary school teachers.   Upon completion of their two-year training, they will be assigned to village primary schools in their region, enabling the government to extend primary school education to additional villages: both an individual and a societal benefit of their educations.   

As these young women successfully approach the end of their first semester of training, they talk of their strong desire to “share their knowledge with children and help them in their education”.  As Hawa said, “Contributing to the education of young children is an immense joy for me”.  Haoua added that she plans to work with village parents, many of whom are illiterate, to encourage them to send their daughters as well as their sons to school, saying she will help parents with school costs when necessary and possible.   All of these future teachers have expressed great appreciation for the opportunity given them to achieve professional teacher training and have emphasized the importance of encouraging parents to enroll their children in primary school.

As young women supported by this project come from indigent farming families, their scholarships are the thread that enables them to gain access to teacher training.  Your support of young women like Haoua, Pascaline, Maimounata, Liliane, Hawa and Marietou enables them to reach their dream of becoming primary school teachers and enables the government to expand educational opportunities to a growing number of village primary schools.

We are most grateful for your support for primary school teacher training scholarships for all 14 young women this year.  Together, we hope to raise this number to 20 next school year.  As always, we welcome your questions and comments about any aspect of this project. (You can contact me at smplopper@aol.com).  And we invite you to share your knowledge and support for these young women with friends, family and colleagues.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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