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 2, 2014

December Project Report

The Friends of Burkina Faso’s Rainwater Catchment Basin Project

December 2013 Project Report

In this last quarter, we have held focus groups with the residents of Ramongo to determine their strategy for having a village rainwater catchment basin (RCB). Currently, demographic data and information are being collected on the status of living standards, agriculture, land, village structure, health, nutrition, and education.

 Residents of Sisene (where the first village RCB was completed) are sending 20 more children to school.  A group of Ramongo farmers recently visited Sisene to discuss various ideas about management of the village RCB and the use of the water.  GPS coordinates have been collected.  And satellite imaging is being used to help determine important factors (landscape, water flow, terrain, past & current conditions) associated with properly locating the village RCBs. 

Research focused on the appropriate solar and wind technology to be used for water filtration, agricultural irrigation, and household use is on-going.  Partnerships with technology companies are being investigated.  

Much progress was achieved in December accumulating funds needed to launch construction of the second village RCB.  Contributors from the Global Giving site have been generous and are truly much appreciated. We will continue to keep you posted as we get closer to our goal.    

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Dec 2, 2013

Girls Who Will Go On To Change the World

Zongnaba Ramata
Zongnaba Ramata

"On every continent, there are girls who will go on to change the world in ways we can only imagine, if only we allow them the freedom to dream.” —US President Barak Obama

It is a joy to share photos of three young village women in primary school teacher training this year thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors!   These women are excited to be embarking on their professional training and futures in education.

This holiday season, we have a huge opportunity to support other young, smart and hard-working post secondary girls in northern Burkina Faso eager to become primary school teachers.  Primary school teacher training will qualify them for productive employment and enable the government to increase the number of primary school teachers in underserved villages where parents are desperate to send their children to school.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 is your opportunity to double your support for primary school teacher training because Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative will MATCH ALL DONATIONS AT 100%!  The details:

  • 100% matching begins December 3rd, 2013, at 12:00:01 PM (noon) ET (9:00:01 PT) and will end December 4th, 2013, at 12:00:00 PM (noon) ET, or when matching funds run out. 
  • The $250,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft are likely to run out very early (within the first hour) so we strongly encourage you to donate early!
  • Matching is applied at 100% for every $10 up to $1,000 per donor per project 
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching 
  • Donations made by gift card, check, or text-to-give are not eligible 

Make #GivingTuesday a day to give back and create a better world for children in Burkina Faso.

Our sincere thanks for your help in launching our primary school teachers of tomorrow and helping to build access to education in rural Burkina Faso.

Our very best wishes to you and your loved ones during this holiday season.

Ouedraogo Salimata de O.
Ouedraogo Salimata de O.
Ouedraogo Salimata de N.
Ouedraogo Salimata de N.
Dec 2, 2013

Allowing Them the Freedom to Dream

Ouedraogo Zoennabo with uniform & school supplies
Ouedraogo Zoennabo with uniform & school supplies

"On every continent, there are girls who will go on to change the world in ways we can only imagine, if only we allow them the freedom to dream.” — US President Barak Obama 

These are some of the300 girls, in their uniforms with their school bags and lamps, that your generous donations this past year have enabled to go to school.  Their entry into primary school is the beginning of their educational dreams.  Their initial timid and serious appearance will evolve into one of confidence and joy as they progress through school.

Because so many of “our” girls  are successfully completing secondary school, in 2010 NEEED began, with FBF support, to offer a small number of scholarships to the most qualified applicants: for  primary school teaching, nursing, and midwifery training,  or university education.  This year, we offered scholarships to 21 young women, approximately 10% of the qualified women who applied

This holiday season, we have a huge opportunity to support other young, smart and hard-working post secondary girls in northern Burkina Faso eager to become primary school teachers.  Primary school teacher training will qualify them for productive employment and enable the government to increase the number of primary school teachers in underserved villages where parents are desperate to send their children to school.

On TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3  you can double your support for primary school teacher training because Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative will MATCH ALL DONATIONS AT 100%!  The details:

  • 100% matching begins December 3rd, 2013, at 12:00:01 PM (noon) ET (9:00:01 PT) and will end December 4th, 2013, at 12:00:00 PM (noon) ET, or when matching funds run out. 
  • Matching is applied at 100% for every $10 up to $1,000 per donor per project 
  • The $250,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft are likely to run out very early (within the first hour) so we strongly encourage you to donate early!
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching 
  • Donations made by gift card, check, or text-to-give are not eligible 

To donate, go to http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso

Our sincere thanks for making #GivingTuesday a day to give back and create a better world for young village women in Burkina Faso..

Wishing you and your loved ones a most happy and healthy holiday season.

Ouedraogo Fati ready for school
Ouedraogo Fati ready for school
Ouedraogo Bata with her school supplies & lamp
Ouedraogo Bata with her school supplies & lamp
First day of school, Kouni Tampourin
First day of school, Kouni Tampourin
First day of school, Komtanga Bilingue
First day of school, Komtanga Bilingue
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