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.
Sep 5, 2012

Lambs Girls Score!

I shared with you earlier that “our” girls are amazingly hard working kids who deserve a hand up (not a handout)!  Exciting year-end news from Association NEEED about “our” girls: 89.1% of girls supported by the Lambs Support Village Girls' Education Project in Burkina Faso passed the exit exam at the end of primary school this year and qualified to go on to middle school in comparison with 63% of all primary school students in northern Burkina Faso.  This is the highest “pass rate” for our girls in the ten years since we have been getting this year-end data.  With your generous continuing commitment, we’re able to support another 300 girls this school year.

Another exciting note: thanks to two generous partners, we’ve begun offering a few post secondary scholarships to girls from rural indigent families.  This year, one of these students completed her second year of law school at the top of her class.  Others are studying medicine, midwifery and nursing, or are in primary school teacher training.  All are progressing well in their studies. 

Our heartfelt thanks for your generous support for the young girls you are enabling to enter primary school!   Your support, along with the parents’ commitment to their daughters’ educations and Association NEEED’s determination and perseverance to make girls’ education a priority in northern Burkina Faso, is producing success!   The success of this project is seen both on an individual level as well as in terms of the multiplier effect of the project as parents find ways to expand the lambs resources they now have to send younger daughters to school.

As always, I welcome your questions and comments!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Jun 8, 2012

Bonus Day wed 6/13: GG adds 50% to your donation

BONUS DAY: YOUR DONATIONS MATCHED BY 50%.

To all of our partners supporting girls’ education in Burkina Faso: Mark your calendars for this Wednesday June 13 – GlobalGiving’s Partner Rewards Bonus Day for 2012!   On this day, because we are ranked as a Superstar organization with GlobalGiving, all donations made to the Lambs Support Village Girls’ Education Project in Burkina Faso will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving.

  • GlobalGiving will match up to $1,000 per donor until matching funds run out;
  • The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • The organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000from GlobalGiving
  • We encourage you to get your donations in early that day, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible

 

Why is this important?  NEEED (our partner organization in Burkina Faso who runs this project) has been hugely successful in demonstrating to village parents the importance of girls’ education and their capacity to send their daughters to school using this “Lambs” support strategy.  There are over 260 villages in the region with primary schools. NEEED has intervened in over 160 of these villages and has requests from the remaining 100+ villages to help them enroll their young daughters in primary school.  They need our help only to enroll their daughters in school the first year.  The girls, their parents and their lambs will support the remaining 12 years of schooling.  Wednesday June 13 is the day to show our support!  By donating Wednesday June 13, you automatically increase your donation by 50%.  The more you donate, the more GlobalGiving will match!

 

Thank you for your continuing support to “our” girls.  They are amazingly hard working kids who deserve “a leg up”!  Let’s do it for them.  And let’s demonstrate to the parents in the remaining villages in the region how they can send their daughters to school!

Apr 18, 2012

Project Funded - Thank You!

Greetings friends,

Since 2006, the Noon Meals Improves Girls’ Learning in Burkina Faso Project has been part of the GlobalGiving community.  Thanks to the very generous support of 4941 donors like you, we have reached our goal of $175,000 to support school lunches for students of the combined middle-secondary school for girls) in northern Burkina Faso.  In the past six years, the student body has grown from 200 to 850 students and you have helped to ensure that the girls have had a noon meal each day they were in school.  This has contributed immeasurably to their high academic achievement.  During this time, we have also worked with other partners who have supported other components of this school.  We will continue to contribute to school lunches for the next two years, after which our partners will assume full support for school lunches for these girls. 

As you know, the Noon Meals Improves Girls’ Learning Project is part of a larger effort aimed at promoting the education of village girls in northern Burkina Faso.   The foundation of this effort, the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project supports the educational costs and a lamb for each girl entering primary school - at a cost of $80.  Parents raise and sell the lambs each year in order to support their daughter’s remaining 12 years of primary-middle-secondary school.  Thus, $80 in donations pays for 13 years of schooling! 

The aim of this project is to give village girls the opportunity to go to school, and to demonstrate to parents and to the Government of Burkina Faso the value of educating village women.  Tremendous interest and appreciation has been expressed by village leaders and parents and by the Government of Burkina Faso for this project.  The girls consistently do very well in school.  NEEED (the local NGO that runs the project) has intervened in 161 villages in the region, supporting the first year educational costs and a lamb for 15-25 girls in a village one time, and demonstrating to parents how they can support their daughters’ education via the “Lambs” strategy.  NEEED has requests from 60 additional villages in the region to participate in the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project and anticipates similar requests from the remaining approximately 40 villages in the northern region.   The Government of Burkina Faso honored our organization and by extension all of our GlobalGiving donors/partners on their Independence Day December 12, 2011 for our support of village girls’ education in the northern region.

With the support of its partners, NEEED hopes to intervene in each of the remaining villages one time over the next 3 years. 

According to the United Nations, “Women’s education is the most influential factor in improving child health and reducing infant mortality.  Nothing will turn the tide against poverty the way that education can, especially for girls.  The returns, with respect to the next generation of children, are striking.”  We invite you to join us in enabling NEEED to jumpstart girls’ education throughout the remaining villages of the northern region of Burkina Faso.  Please go to www.globalgiving.org/projects/girls-in-africa/ to learn more about, and to donate to, this project.  

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