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.
Oct 15, 2012

Save the date: Oct 17 - Bonus Day

Save the date: October 17 (this Wednesday)! 

On Oct 17 (that’s this Wednesday!), Global Giving will match all donations made through GlobalGiving.org, up to $1,000 per donor, at 30%.  This is your opportunity to maximize your support for the education of young village girls in northern Burkina Faso. 

Our girls are on the march to educational success!  Our primary school girls did better this year on national exams than in any previous year, with 89.1% qualifying to continue on to middle school (compared with 63% of their peers region-wide).  And, with your support, we just sent 300 more 6-year old village girls, in 13 new villages, to primary school this school year.  As you know, their lambs, with their parents’ help in raising them, will support these girls for their remaining 12 years of schooling.

Generous donors have provided scholarships to post secondary girls this year, enabling seven of them to go on to university, two to attend nursing school, two to attend midwifery school and nine to attend primary school teacher training. 

According to a 2004 report by Barbara Herz and Gene Sperling, members of the Council on Foreign Relations, investing in girls’ education delivers huge returns for economic growth, political participation, women’s health, smaller and more sustainable families, and disease prevention.  It provides among the highest returns around when it comes to goals ranging from greater food security to more robust economic growth.  

Our Burkinabe village parents are embracing these realities and need only our initial support to help launch their daughters on to their educational paths!

Our sincere thank you for your continuing and generous support!

Sep 5, 2012

Lambs Girls Score!

I shared with you earlier that “our” girls are amazingly hard working kids who deserve a hand up (not a handout)!  Exciting year-end news from Association NEEED about “our” girls: 89.1% of girls supported by the Lambs Support Village Girls' Education Project in Burkina Faso passed the exit exam at the end of primary school this year and qualified to go on to middle school in comparison with 63% of all primary school students in northern Burkina Faso.  This is the highest “pass rate” for our girls in the ten years since we have been getting this year-end data.  With your generous continuing commitment, we’re able to support another 300 girls this school year.

Another exciting note: thanks to two generous partners, we’ve begun offering a few post secondary scholarships to girls from rural indigent families.  This year, one of these students completed her second year of law school at the top of her class.  Others are studying medicine, midwifery and nursing, or are in primary school teacher training.  All are progressing well in their studies. 

Our heartfelt thanks for your generous support for the young girls you are enabling to enter primary school!   Your support, along with the parents’ commitment to their daughters’ educations and Association NEEED’s determination and perseverance to make girls’ education a priority in northern Burkina Faso, is producing success!   The success of this project is seen both on an individual level as well as in terms of the multiplier effect of the project as parents find ways to expand the lambs resources they now have to send younger daughters to school.

As always, I welcome your questions and comments!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Jun 8, 2012

Bonus Day wed 6/13: GG adds 50% to your donation

BONUS DAY: YOUR DONATIONS MATCHED BY 50%.

To all of our partners supporting girls’ education in Burkina Faso: Mark your calendars for this Wednesday June 13 – GlobalGiving’s Partner Rewards Bonus Day for 2012!   On this day, because we are ranked as a Superstar organization with GlobalGiving, all donations made to the Lambs Support Village Girls’ Education Project in Burkina Faso will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving.

  • GlobalGiving will match up to $1,000 per donor until matching funds run out;
  • The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • The organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000from GlobalGiving
  • We encourage you to get your donations in early that day, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible

 

Why is this important?  NEEED (our partner organization in Burkina Faso who runs this project) has been hugely successful in demonstrating to village parents the importance of girls’ education and their capacity to send their daughters to school using this “Lambs” support strategy.  There are over 260 villages in the region with primary schools. NEEED has intervened in over 160 of these villages and has requests from the remaining 100+ villages to help them enroll their young daughters in primary school.  They need our help only to enroll their daughters in school the first year.  The girls, their parents and their lambs will support the remaining 12 years of schooling.  Wednesday June 13 is the day to show our support!  By donating Wednesday June 13, you automatically increase your donation by 50%.  The more you donate, the more GlobalGiving will match!

 

Thank you for your continuing support to “our” girls.  They are amazingly hard working kids who deserve “a leg up”!  Let’s do it for them.  And let’s demonstrate to the parents in the remaining villages in the region how they can send their daughters to school!

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