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.
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
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

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