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 8, 2009

Year-end school results

The primary school girls supported by the Girls’ Education Project have done very well in school again this year. Eighty six percent of the girls in their final year of primary school passed government exams, qualifying them to continue their studies in middle school, compared to 70% of children in the general population passing these exams. Parents of girls supported through this project have been amazingly engaged which, along with NEEED’s encouragement, support and oversight, and of above all the girls’ hard work, has contributed to the girls’ success.

As a reminder, the project supports the first year of a village girl’s schooling and the purchase of a lamb, at a total cost of $90 through GobalGiving. The girl’s parents are responsible for helping her raise and sell her lamb each year thereafter to support all future educational costs for up to 13 years of schooling. This strategy encourages the parents to support their daughters’ educations in a way that they are able to (that is, once they have the initial donation of a lamb); and enables the project to use our modest funds to support a new group of 6 year-olds each year.

Demand for assistance with girls’ education continues to grow in neighboring villages. With your help, we hope to support an additional 300 girls to enter primary school next year.

With the help of donors from Germany, NEEED (the organization running the project in Burkina) has built two public secondary schools in the region in the past two years, and recently received funding to build a third. The addition of three public secondary schools in the region greatly expands the educational system’s capacity to ensure a secondary education to qualified students.

On behalf of NEEED and all the girls and their parents, we thank you for your past and continuing support which is crucial to the enabling these girls to go to school.

To quote Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary General: “There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls”.

As always, we welcome your comments and/or questions.

Mar 5, 2009

The Difference Education Can Make

Thanks to the generous support of GobalGiving donors, 300 more 6-year old girls entered school this year, girls like Bibata Ouedraogo in the village of Bissegaye (shown in the photo gallery with her grandmother and with her lamb which her parents care for and will sell in order to pay for next year’s school expenses). Bibata is doing extremely well in school and she and her family are very grateful for the support of GlobalGiving donors whose gift of school materials and a lamb have enabled her to begin her education. The yearly sale of a lamb and purchase of a new one will pay for Bibata’s school expenses through secondary school. Photo 9 in the photo gallery is of a group of middle school girls who, like Bibata, were initially supported by donors like you and whose parents continue to raise and sell their lambs every year in order to pay for their school expenses. Note the expressions on their faces. What a difference a few years of schooling can make! Thank you for giving these young girls the chance to go to school. With the initial donation of a lamb, the parents have been amazingly engaged in supporting their daughters’ educations; and the girls, the women of tomorrow in Burkina Faso, are doing extremely well in school.

Mar 5, 2009

Thank you for your support

Our sincere thanks to everyone who so generously contributed to the school lunch program this past semester, and especially during the Everybody Can Win challenge in November/December. Your support has enabled us to fund one-half of the cost of the school lunch program this spring semester.

Providing noon meals to the students of the middle school ensures that these girls receive basic nourishment which will enable them to have the capacity to learn and succeed in school. The girls walk 6 km to and from school in the sweltering heat with little to nothing to eat in the morning. The lunch of rice, corn or beans with sauce now costs $.40 a day for one girl, an amount that their families are unable to pay.

The students of this middle school are from villages in the region and are pursuing their education thanks to the support of individual donors in some cases and of our sister project “Education For 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso” (also known as the Lambs For School Project). We are all proud of the educational achievements of these girls, the women of tomorrow in Burkina Faso.

Thank you for your continuing support!

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