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.
Jul 17, 2008

Year-end school results

I am very happy to report that 81% of middle school girls passed national exams in May, qualifying them to go on to the next class. Their achievement levels continue to rise: in '05-'06, 71% passed these exams; and in '06-'07, 77% passed. Next year, the first class to attend the girls' middle school will take year-end exams to determine their eligibility for senior high school. With students' hard work, in an adequate learning environment (with committed teachers, 50-student class sizes AND a daily noon meal), we hope that 100% of the girls will qualify for senior high school. (This year, by contrast, 37% of middle school students from all public middle schools in the region passed qualifying exams to go on to senior high school.) We anticipate an enrollment of 500 students in middle school next year, an increase of 100 over last year. The cost of the school lunch program will rise to approximately $17,000. Currently, we have $8,000. We need to raise $9,000 in order to ensure the continuation of this essential element in the students’ success.

Our sincere thank you for your past, and continued, support for school lunches for the middle school girls. These basic lunches of rice and sauce (costing approximately $.31 per day per girl) contribute greatly to their ability to concentrate in school.

Jul 17, 2008

Year-end academic results

I am very pleased to report that 182 girls who just completed six years of primary school with support of the Lambs For School Project have passed national exams this June, qualifying them to continue on to middle school. This is an 88% pass rate as compared with 61% of students passing these exams in the province as a whole.

The achievement level of these girls is a testament to: · the girls’ abilities and hard work; · the parents’ commitment to follow through with the raising and selling of their lambs, and purchase of new lambs and school materials for their daughters annually; and · the organization and integrity of NEEED (the local NGO whose membership includes school masters of the rural primary schools in which girls are supported by the Lambs for School Project ) to set realistic expectations of the parents and girls, to provide initial resources to enable the girls to enter school, and to provide guidance to the parents encouraging them to fulfill their commitments to support their daughters’ education.

NEEED is also assisting the government of Burkina Faso with the expansion of the public school system in the region. With outside funding, NEEED has just completed the construction of two public village primary schools, and is building two new public secondary schools in order to expand access to education for rural children. NEEED is seeking funding to expand the girls' middle school to accommodate the rising number of students.

Our sincere thanks to you for your past, and continuing, support for the Lambs For School Project.

May 16, 2008

Thank you for your support during America's Giving Challenge

We are extremely grateful for the very wide & generous support we received for the education of village girls in northern Burkina Faso during America's Giving Challenge (the recent fundraising competition sponsored by The Case Foundation, GlobalGiving, & Parade Magazine). The generosity of our supporters, combined with the very generous Case Foundation award, will help send over 1000 girls through 13 years of school! Your support will help us to respond to the rapid increase in villagers' requests for assistance in enrolling their daughters in school. We are also proud of the parents' remarkable follow through in supporting their daughters beyond our first-year support with school materials and a lamb.

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