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.
Nov 4, 2013

2013 Girls

Ouedraogo Angelique, nursing training
Ouedraogo Angelique, nursing training

Attached are photos of four young women for whom you, our generous GlobalGiving partners, have provided scholarships to post secondary training this school year.  Other photos will follow shortly.  Three of these girls are entering primary school teacher training and one is entering nursing training.  They are very grateful for the scholarships they have received, enabling them to acquire training in education and health.  All are village girls who gained their initial access to their primary school educations with the assistance of the Lambs Support Girls' Education Project (GlobalGiving project #1818).   

We are proud to announce that  to date, ALL of the 54 young women supported by this project have now either graduated from their training and are employed (18) or are currently in training/education programs (36):  100% success among well-selected and highly motivated young women!

Our sincere thanks to all of you  who have made, and are making, this journey possible.  Your continuing support will enable an even larger number of girls to pursue post secondary training/education next year!

Thank you!

Savadogo Alimata, nursing training
Savadogo Alimata, nursing training
Sep 9, 2013

300 Grateful Young Girls

As the school year begins, 300 young village girls are grateful for your support enabling them to enter primary school.  Our partner, Association NEEED, is currently distributing school supplies and working with parents to purchase the lambs that will support the girls’ remaining 12 years of primary-secondary education.  We will share photos of this year’s girls as soon as we receive them.

Meanwhile, we have received results of government year end testing of primary school students from last year: 86.4% of the girls supported by this Lambs Support Village Girls’ Education Project successfully passed these exams to complete primary school and enroll in middle school this year compared with 62.4% of all students in the Northern Region.   This achievement level of girls supported by this project has been consistent since our support began in 2002.  It is remarkable for two reasons: 1) the girls (and their parents) have taken seriously the opportunity given them for an education, and 2) it demonstrates the importance of very basic schools supplies in enhancing a child’s ability to maximize her potential.  

In addition, younger girls are increasingly seeing older girls receive scholarships (supported by Friends of Burkina Faso and our partners, including GlobalGiving) to continue their educations beyond secondary school.  This is a huge source of motivation and hope.

The Lambs Support Village Girls’ Education Project costs less in donor support than any education project I have ever seen in terms of cost per child per year of education: a $90 donation provides the initial necessary support allowing a girl to achieve 13 years of education. 

  Thanks again for your generous and continuing support for the education of these girls.   Photos of “our girls” will be forthcoming soon.

Aug 2, 2013

Six girls to receive scholarships

Thanks to your generous support to this project and to the microprojects associated with this project, we are able to offer six scholarships this year for post secondary education and training for girls in northern Burkina Faso.  The scholarships will be for midwifery training (1), 3-year nursing training (2), and primary school teacher training (3).  We moved funds from 2-year nursing training into 3-nursing training and primary school teacher training because the Government of Burkina Faso is not currently offering exams for entrance into civil service for 2-year nurses.

With the addition of scholarships from two other generous partners, we are offering a total of 21 scholarships this year for: Master’s level law studies (1), university education (1), midwifery training (5), 3-year nursing training (4), and primary school teacher training (10).  Association NEEED, our partner organization in Burkina, is in the process of publicizing the availability of scholarships and will soon begin the selection process in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education.

Although we are extremely pleased to be able to offer this many scholarships this year, we are also mindful that over 200 qualified girls apply for these scholarships each year.   We hope to be able to offer scholarships to more girls next year, enabling them to acquire an education and a profession.

Of the 33 girls we have supported in the past three years, 26 have successfully completed their post secondary training and six are progressing satisfactorily in their training.  The girls have been well selected and have taken their studies seriously.

In our next report, we will share photos of the girls who you have so generously enabled to enroll in post secondary training this year.  In the meantime, our most sincere thank you for your past and continuing support for the post secondary education and training for the outstanding girls who ask only for a hand-up.

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