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 26, 2013

Meet Abibata and Alimata

Abibata Ouedraogo
Abibata Ouedraogo

Meet Abibata and Alimata

Meet two of the girls whose educations you have helped launch.  It is hard to get girls to smile at this age.  But after a few years of education, it is a whole different story (as exemplified by the photo of middle school girls).

Abibata, from the village of Koeneba, is doing very well in primary school.  When asked what she likes most she replied: “I like reading and arithmetic.  The teacher and my parents say that if I work hard at school, I will go to middle school.  I want to become a nurse so I can treat people who are sick”.  Abibata’s parents are very grateful to GlobalGiving donors for giving their daughter the opportunity to enter school.   The father explained that NEEED (our partner organization that runs the project) told him that “ ‘all children must go to school regardless of their sex’.  This is why we have sent our daughter to school so that she learns to read and write.  She works hard”.  Abibata’s mother added “I hope my daughter will have a job one day and be able to help us with a little money and food”.

Another high-achieving student is Alimata, from the village of Danaoua, who is being raised by her grandparents.  Both grandparents understand the importance of education for girls and appreciate NEEED’s offer of school materials and a lamb to help their granddaughter enter primary school, after which they will help her raise her lambs and sell them each year to support future years of schooling.   The grandparents are adamant that they do not want their granddaughter be like them.  They want her to get an education and become a teacher or a doctor.

Abibata and Alimata are two of the 300 girls we supported last year, thanks to our GlobalGiving partners.  Nearly 90% of “our girls” passed national exams last year to go on to middle school compared with 63% of their peers in the region.  This is a testament to the structure of this self-help program, the manner in which NEEED engages the commitment of village parents and young girls, and what NEEED provides each girl in her first year (including a lamp to study by at night AND a lamb which enables parents to assume responsibility for the remainder of their daughter’s 12 years of primary, middle and secondary school) – all for $90.

Important: Wednesday, June 12, is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day this year. GlobalGiving will match all donations to this project by 50% up to a maximum of $1000 per donor.  So mark your calendars.  We’ll post a reminder early June.

As always, our most sincere thanks for your continuing support of these girls!

Alimata with her grandparents
Alimata with her grandparents
School girls in middle school
School girls in middle school
Mar 14, 2013

Final Progress Report

Thanks to donations made by 18 very generous individuals, this project has been fully funded and a lucky secondary school graduate will go on to 3-year state nursing training in northern Burkina Faso this fall.  Association NEEED (Nimbus Enfance Environnement Education et Developpement in French), the non-governmental organization in Burkina Faso that runs this project, will offer a scholarship for state nursing training to a village girl who has successfully completed secondary school.  NEEED will announce the availability of the scholarship via radio and will work with the Ministry of Higher Education to review applications and select the most promising candidate for this training and profession.  They will notify Friends of Burkina Faso of their choice of candidate and send us the name and a photo of the candidate.

Our sincere thanks to all donors to this project!

For further information about this project, you may contact me at smplopper@aol.com.  

Mar 12, 2013

March 13 Bonus Day

Alima Ouedraogo, midwifery student
Alima Ouedraogo, midwifery student

Wednesday, March 13, is GlobalGiving Bonus Day.   GlobalGiving will match all donations by 30% up to a maximum of $1000 per donor per project.   Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Bonus Day begins at 9am eastern (6am west coast time).  The $50,000 in bonus funds will go fast!  THE VERY EARLY BIRD REAPS THE MATCHING FUNDS.  So don’t hesitate, let’s hear it for midwifery!

Alima is another of our successful midwifery trainees, currently completing her 3rd year of training.   She is one of 35 village girls whose post secondary training we have supported in the past three years.  100% of these girls have successfully completed their training or are currently in training.   Midwifery is a high priority training program because skilled midwives are crucial in ensuring the availability of high quality maternal and child health services, particularly in rural areas.   Each year we aim to enroll at least one student in midwifery.  

Please help us complete our funding for a 2013 midwifery student.  Make your donation go 30% farther Wednesday, March 13!  Remember: Bonus Day begins at 9am eastern (6am west coast time).  Bonus day funds will go fast!   THE EARLY BIRD REAPS THE MATCHING FUNDS!

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