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 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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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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