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 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!

Feb 11, 2013

Mark your calendars: March 13 Bonus Day!

In the past 3 years, 33 village girls who have completed secondary school have received scholarships from Friends of Burkina Faso.  These scholarships have enabled them to continue their studies in primary school teacher training, nursing and midwifery training and at the university.  Thanks to the seriousness with which our partner NGO and government authorities in Burkina Faso take the selection process, coupled with the hard work of the young women that have been selected, 100% of these young women  have either successfully completed their training programs or are currently proceeding successfully in their training.   These training opportunities enable young village women to develop useful skills and to pursue professions that contribute to their society.  

For every secondary school graduate who receives one of our scholarships in northern Burkina Faso, there are many more qualified girls who must return to their villages due only to the lack of funds to continue their studies.

March 13 is Bonus Day!  Donations will be matched by 30% as long as funds last.  Please save the date, donate early in the day, and automatically increase the value of your generous donation to next year's secondary graduates selected for training in northern Burkina Faso.

As always, our sincere thanks for your past and continuing support of these girls.

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