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.
Mar 31, 2014

We Can Go To School Now

Four School Children
Four School Children

“We Are In School Now!” -  VILLAGE OF SISENE.

Over 700 girls and boys are attending school in Sisene, more than double the number attending before the rainwater catchment basin was built!  Girls can attend school because they must no longer walk three hours a day to find water for their families.  After construction of the rainwater catchment in Sisene, gardening began being practiced on a large scale and has become permanent. Animal husbandry, fishing, development of small businesses, markets three times each week are now standard.

A new rainwater catchment basin serving 2,000 village residents costs less than $50 per person.  Providing water year round is the key to success.  Global Giving makes it easy to donate and to share, providing great benefit to the villagers of Burkina Faso. 

Self-Help Enables Villagers

During the last quarter, field visits by the GWGL team have generated information about family structure, education, health, and economic activities in villages wanting a new rainwater catchment basin.  Data was also collected on physical and institutional terrain and structures; farming methods; and GPS coordinates for using satellite imagery. Villagers spoke about their individual needs with respect to water and how hard each one is willing to work to have a new basin. 

VILLAGE OF RAMONGOKAMSI.  Over three-hundred residents of RamongoKamsi attended January meetings to seek assistance in building a new rainwater catchment basin.  Seeing the success in Sisene has them eager to start building now.  According to the President of the Community Association, RamongoKamsi had a water retention pond built by the population itself, but the dam collapsed, and for over ten years, there has been little water.  Without water year round, life is much more difficult.  The leader of the Women’s Agriculture Cooperative spoke on behalf of her group and shared: “If you help us build a basin, there will be a complete change.  There will be no out-migration and there will be many improvements.” 

An entire agriculturally based village can become healthier and economically self-sufficient through sustainable community development that a single rainwater catchment basin makes possible.  Give Water Give Life (GWGL) Project has a fine tuned product that requires each basin designed: meet local conditions; include local villagers’ leadership and participation; clay-based (to help raise the water table); emergency spillway; solar-powered irrigation system; solar-powered filtration system; satellite imagery for optimum location placement; and data collection on overall health and nutrition. 

Global Giving donors are making it possible to build another basin.  One basin costs $85,000 which is less than $50 per person served in a village.  However, we have raised $20,000 so far.  We need your suggestions on how to make the positive impacts of a rainwater catchment basin better understood.   Should we focus on raising enough money for each of the components of the basin first?  Rather than the total costs?  Please, your help is very much needed and appreciated. 

Thank You!

Natalie Kiemtore & Daughter
Natalie Kiemtore & Daughter
RamongoKamsi Land Chief "We Work Hard Together"
RamongoKamsi Land Chief "We Work Hard Together"
RamongoKamsi Mother "With Water All Is Possible"
RamongoKamsi Mother "With Water All Is Possible"
Sisene
Sisene' Nana Kuila - "The Basin Saved Our Village"
Kamsi Boys "We
Kamsi Boys "We'll Help Build To Have Water For All
Mar 3, 2014

Meet Salimata, future primary school teacher

Salimata, future primary school teacher
Salimata, future primary school teacher

Salimata is one of six young village women in northern Burkina Faso who is benefitting from a post secondary training scholarship this year thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors. Salimata is 22 years old and is from the village of Duekoue. She is in her first year of primary school teacher training. Salimata and her family were ecstatic when they learned that she had received a GlobalGiving donor-sponsored scholarship allowing her to pursue teacher training. Because her family members are indigent farmers (her father has passed away), prior to receiving her scholarship, Salimata was following the only avenue open to her: staying in a nearby town, taking a night course and trying to find work in town.

Salimata says that the most interesting aspect of her teacher training is being with young children and trying to understand them better in the context of their developmental stages and corresponding ability to learn. And the most difficult aspect of her training: the hard work required to succeed at each step of her training. She added that by being in this training, she has learned to be responsible for herself and to earn respect in life. Salimata sincerely thanks GlobalGiving donors for her scholarship.

We will continue to share with you stories of other young women whom you have enabled to pursue their dreams of a post secondary education. We are proud of all 54 young women whose post secondary educations we have supported through scholarships. 100% of them have either graduated or are currently pursuing their educations.

Mark your calendars for an upcoming opportunity: this project is a Microsoft YouthSpark project on GlobalGiving. All online donations to YouthSpark projects on GlobalGiving will be matched at 50% by Microsoft on April 16th. There will be $100,000 in matching funds (so donate early).   There will be a bonus prize of $10,000 for the project with the most unique donors!

Our sincere thanks for your continued support!

Jan 6, 2014

We Have Reached Our Goal!

Thanks to all of your generous donations over the past seven years, we have reached our funding goal of $120,000 for the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project.  This enables Friends of Burkina Faso to meet our commitment to our Burkinabe partner, Association NEEED, to respond to requests from a final 30 villages in northern Burkina Faso who have expressed interest in "jumpstarting" the education of young girls in their communities. 

 On this occasion, I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for being our partners in giving these girls the opportunity to embark on their educational journeys, and for supporting the “lambs” strategy which will enable the girls’ families to continue to pay for the education of younger daughters.  I want to share with you as well Association NEEED’s expression of appreciation for your support:

Dear partners of GlobalGiving,

First and foremost, I would like to wish you a very good and happy 2014. 

 It has been 17 years since Association NEEED began the project Lambs Support Girls’ Education for village girls in northern Burkina Faso.  Friends of Burkina Faso began supporting this initiative in 2002 and GlobalGiving became a partner in 2007.  Thanks to the support of Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving, more than 3000 girls have been able to enroll in 178 village primary schools.   The success rate of these girls (girls passing the national exit exam at the end of primary school), has been between 84%-91% (compared with 61%-68% of all primary school students in the region) over the years.  The success of these girls has been a great source of satisfaction for their teachers and parents, and for the Ministry of Education.  Association NEEED wishes to express our very deep appreciation and sincere thank you to Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving partners for your support of this program.

 The education of girls in Burkina Faso is still in its infancy despite the many efforts of NEEED and our partners.  We will continue to work with the villages where we have previously supported girls’ education to encourage parents to continue using the “lambs” strategy to support the education of their primary school-age daughters.

 In this century of world-wide interconnectedness, the education and training of children is essential to their ability to contribute effectively to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, and for their engagement in the long-term socio-economic development of their communities and our nation.

 It is for this reason that Association NEEED and our partners have initiated a scholarship program for the professional training of young village women who have successfully completed secondary school.  Scholarships are offered each year for teacher, midwifery and nursing training.  The success rate of this project is 100%.  One hundred percent of the 54 girls whose scholarships Friends of Burkina Faso has sponsored during the past four years have either graduated from their training and are employed or are successfully proceeding through their training.

 In view of the success of these girls, Association NEEED would like to obtain your support in order to provide, each year, 40 scholarships for the professional training of girls from rural indigent families who are anxious to enter careers in teaching, nursing and midwifery.  With your support, these girls have the possibility of becoming independent, of contributing to the welfare and education of the next generation, as well as being able to support future generations of girls facing similar challenges.

 Lacine Sawadogo

Project Coordinator, Association NEEED

 To support the continuing education and training of these bright young women, please go to www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso.

Many thanks, and our best wishes to you in the New Year.

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