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!
As the year comes to a close, we want to share with you, our partners, photos of some of the 300 village girls you have so generously helped to enroll in primary school in northern Burkina Faso this year. Though of course we will not have their academic grades until the end of the school year, if last year is any indication, the vast majority of these girls (nearly 90% last year) will pass national qualifying exams to go on to middle school and high school. And thanks to the generosity of certain of our partners, we were able to support 13 village girls going on to post secondary education this year (in teacher, nursing and midwifery training and in university education) .
With your continuing support, Association NEEED (the local NGO that runs the project) hopes to respond to requests for the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project from the remaining 75-80 interested villages in the region over the next 3 years. NEEED will introduce parents in these remaining villages to the importance of girls’ education and to NEEED’s low cost and sustainable strategy for ensuring an education for village girls.
Our sincere thanks for all of your support for the education of “our” (that is collectively “our”) girls over the past year and for your continuing support in 2013.
Our very best wishes to you in the New Year!
Save the date: October 17 (this Wednesday)!
On Oct 17 (that’s this Wednesday!), Global Giving will match all donations made through GlobalGiving.org, up to $1,000 per donor, at 30%. This is your opportunity to maximize your support for the education of young village girls in northern Burkina Faso.
Our girls are on the march to educational success! Our primary school girls did better this year on national exams than in any previous year, with 89.1% qualifying to continue on to middle school (compared with 63% of their peers region-wide). And, with your support, we just sent 300 more 6-year old village girls, in 13 new villages, to primary school this school year. As you know, their lambs, with their parents’ help in raising them, will support these girls for their remaining 12 years of schooling.
Generous donors have provided scholarships to post secondary girls this year, enabling seven of them to go on to university, two to attend nursing school, two to attend midwifery school and nine to attend primary school teacher training.
According to a 2004 report by Barbara Herz and Gene Sperling, members of the Council on Foreign Relations, investing in girls’ education delivers huge returns for economic growth, political participation, women’s health, smaller and more sustainable families, and disease prevention. It provides among the highest returns around when it comes to goals ranging from greater food security to more robust economic growth.
Our Burkinabe village parents are embracing these realities and need only our initial support to help launch their daughters on to their educational paths!
Our sincere thank you for your continuing and generous support!
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!
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.
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!
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