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.
Jan 26, 2011

Students' commitment to the noon meal

Serving bowls of beans
Serving bowls of beans

The cantine at the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie is operated by by 4 cooks and  provides a hot lunch (of beans, rice or pasta) to 750 students daily when school is in session.  In order to economize and to instill a sense of responsibility in the students, students are required to serve all of the lunches and and to maintain a clean dining area.   Due to the large number of students and the size of the cantine, students must take their lunches in two sittings both inside and outside the dining room.  Students rotate as servers for their assigned tables of 12.  

Photo 1: serving bowls of beans just out of the kitchen. 

Photo 2: a student picks up the serving bowl for her table.

Following each sitting, students clean the tables and sweep the floor.  Once a week, students wash down the entire dining area floor.

The cantine is necessary not only because of the distance between the school and the town where the vast majority of students reside, but also because of the extreme poverty of the students’ parents and the living conditions of some students.  Some students’ lodging consists of a mat to sleep on and they must find their own food to eat.   Providing them lunch at school reduces distances they must walk, ensures them at least one meal a day, and enables them to study before afternoon classes resume.  Most girls entered school initially with the assistance of the Lambs for School Project (GlobalGiving project #1818).  However, the sale of their lambs each year covers their school clothes and materials and is not sufficient to cover the cost of school lunches.

Photo 3: Ouedraogo Suzanne: "I live 11 km from school and the cantine allows me to eat, to rest and to study my lessons before classes resume in the afternoon."

Photo 4: Sarambe Karidiata: "Without the cantine, I would be obliged to pass the entire day with nothing to eat."

The noon meal which you so generously support is essential to the phenomenal success of these students.

A student takes a serving bowl from the kitchen
A student takes a serving bowl from the kitchen
Ouedraogo Suzanne
Ouedraogo Suzanne
Sarambe Karidiata
Sarambe Karidiata
Oct 25, 2010

Exciting news from, & for, Lambs for School Girls

Our sincere thanks to our generous GlobalGiving partners for your donations to the Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso Project. With your continuing support, we will be able to send another 300 six-year old village girls in northern Burkina Faso to primary school this year. Villagers in this region are indigent farmers and are unable to send their daughters to school. Initial donor support enables these girls to enter school after which their parents commit to raise and sell their lambs each year in order to support their daughters’ educations for the following 12 years.

These girls continue to do very well in school. This table shows percentages of girls supported by the Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso (also known as the Lambs for School Project) who have passed the exit exam at the end of primary school and qualified to go on to middle school in comparison to the percentage of all primary school students in northern Burkina.

                         2003     2004      2005      2006     2007     2008     2009     2010

Lambs for School 80.6      80.1      79.3      81.2      82.9      84.4      87.8      86.3

All children          62.4      64.6      64.2      63.2      65.7      66.3      68.0      65.1

These students continue to do very well in middle and secondary school as well. The passing rate for girls supported by the Lambs for School Project is consistently almost double that of all other middle school students in the region.

I am happy to share with you that NEEED (the local organization that runs this project) is implementing a post secondary training/education project this fall for village girls who successfully complete secondary school. Thus, at least some of the girls who have entered primary school through the Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso/Lambs for School Project and who have now successfully completed secondary school will have a chance to receive primary school teacher training, nursing or midwifery training, or a university education. NEEED, with support of its partners, will provide as many scholarships each year as funds allow to these secondary school graduates. Thanks to several generous partners, Friends of Burkina Faso is providing 13 scholarships this year to:  nine (9) girls in primary school teacher training, two (2) girls in diploma nursing training, one (1) girl in State nursing training, and one (1) girl who will attend the University of Ouagadougou and study law.  All of these girls are from rural farming families and 10 are orphans.  THUS, AT LEAST SOME OF THE VILLAGE GIRLS YOU HAVE SUPPORTED WHO AT AGE 6 HAD NO HOPE OF EVEN ENTERING SCHOOL WILL NOW BECOME EDUCATORS, NURSES AND A LAWYER! THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THIS!

I hope you find your partnership with these girls valuable and worthwhile. I know the economy is tough, and I thank you for investing your hard-earned money on the hard-working young women in northern Burkina Faso. Please consider telling your friends and family about the Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso Project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. You know your friends and family best, so use your own words - tell them why you chose this project and what it means to you. If you need additional information, please contact me: smplopper@aol.com.

Thank you again for giving these bright and hard working girls an opportunity to make a difference in their lives, their communities and their nation.

Most sincerely, Suzanne Plopper

"There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls". Kofi Annon, former U.N. Secretary General

Oct 25, 2010

Exciting news for 13 graduates

Thanks to our generous GlobalGiving partners, we are able to continue to provide noon meals to the students of the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie – LMA (the combined middle/secondary school built for rural girls in northern Burkina Faso).

Your donations provide the students of this school a basic noon meal every day they are in school. This contributes immeasurably to their academic success. The following table shows the percentage of students in the LMA, and of all middle school students in northern Burkina Faso, who passed national exams at the end of each year of middle school in order to go on to the next grade. Note that the passing rate for students of the LMA is consistently almost double that of all other schools in the region. The combination of learning conditions (including a noon meal along with high academic standards, committed teachers, parents and students, and small class size) are crucial to this success. (In response to significantly lower scores this year than in previous years, our colleagues in Burkina say that “all of the teachers and actors in the world of education felt like the exams were far more difficult this year than in previous years”. The national pass rate was 32%.)

                                                      2006      2007      2008      2009      2010

Middle/secondary school for girls      71.0      77.18      81.15      79.0      53.84

All students in middle schools          36.26    37.62      41.78      39.83     29.16

in northern Burkina Faso

I am happy to share with you that NEEED (the local organization that runs this project) is implementing a post secondary training/education project this fall for girls who successfully complete secondary school. Thus, at least some of the girls whose noon meals you support in the LMA who successfully complete secondary school will have a chance to receive primary school teacher training, nursing or midwifery training, or a university education. NEEED, with support of its partners, will provide as many scholarships each year as funds allow to these secondary school graduates. Thanks to several generous partners, Friends of Burkina Faso is providing scholarships this year to 13 secondary school graduates: nine (9) girls in primary school teacher training, two (2) girls in diploma nursing training, one (1) girl in State nursing training, and one (1) girl who will attend the University of Ouagadougou and study law.  All of these girls are from rural farming families and ten are orphans.These scholarships will enable the girls to learn a marketable skill needed in Burkina Faso. This means that at least some of these village girls who at age 6 had no hope of an education will now become educators, nurses and a lawyer!

I hope you find your partnership with these girls to be valuable and worthwhile. We realize that the economy is tough, and we thank you for investing your hard-earned money in the hard-working young women in northern Burkina Faso. Please consider telling your friends and family about the Noon Meal project for middle and secondary students in northern Burkina Faso - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. You know your friends and family best, so use your own words - tell them why you chose the Noon Meal Project and what it means to you.

Thank you again for all you have done to support the Noon Meal project, an essential component of the optimal learning conditions that NEEED endeavors to maintain for the middle and secondary school girls of the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie in northern Burkina Faso.

Most sincerely,

Suzanne Plopper 

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