Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso

Jun 24, 2014

A Successful Year for Teacher Trainees

We have just received year-end grades for the three young village women to whom we provided postsecondary scholarships for primary school teacher training this past year, thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors.  All three students passed their first year of training with high marks.  In the words of one student, Zong-Naba Ramata, “My sincere thank you for giving us this opportunity to become teachers, to understand child development and behavior, and to prepare ourselves to educate young children”.  (We are awaiting grades for the two nursing students and one midwifery student who also received scholarships thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors.)

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25, Microsoft is offering donors to this project (and other youth projects) 100% matching funds – until the $200,000 in matching funds run out.  This is a rare opportunity for you to double the effect of your donation and to provide the opportunity for additional young village women to become teachers and contribute to the education of the next generation of children in Burkina Faso

Mark your calendars:  Wednesday, June 25 only: your donation will be matched at 100%!

  • The Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day will begin June 25 at 12:00:00 PM (EDT) (noon)/9:00AM (PDT)and will end June 26, 2014 at 11:59:59 (EDT). The $200,000 matching is applied at 100% for every donation from $10 up to $1,000 per donor.  I strongly encourage you to donate at 12:00 PM (EDT/noon)/9:00 AM PDT in order to benefit from the 100% matching funds.  Matching funds will go fast.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching funds.

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On behalf of the six young women whose scholarships were supported by GlobalGiving donors this year, I want to thank you for your generous support.


Apr 16, 2014


Salimata Ouedraogo, future teacher
Salimata Ouedraogo, future teacher

Calling all past, current and future partners of girls’ education in Burkina Faso.  Thanks to Microsoft, today, April 16, beginning at 12 noon EST, 9am PST, is a big bonus day on GlobalGiving.  There are two different options to help grow your donation:

  1. Donations up to $1000 will be matched 50% while funds last.
  2. For anyone who wishes to begin making recurring donations to this project, today, April 16 is the dayA new recurring donation will be matched 50% for Bonus Day, while funds last.   PLUS, Microsoft will match 100% of NEW recurring donations (with a $500 maximum) for the first 3 months if you begin the recurring donation on Wed. April 16th  (all matching begins at 12 noon EST/9am PST).

If you were thinking about donating, this is the perfect time. Just click on the project link below to get to the project page and then click on orange DONATE. Choose the recurring donation choice below orange button.


Attached are photos of some of the girls that you helped to send to postsecondary training this year.  We posted a message from Salimata in March.  We will post messages from each of the other girls over the next few months


If you have any questions about this project or how the girls are benefitting from your support, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at I am happy to answer any questions you might have.


THANK YOU for your on-going support for the education of these girls.

Ramata Zongnaba, future teacher
Ramata Zongnaba, future teacher
Ki Viviene, future midwife
Ki Viviene, future midwife
Mar 3, 2014

Meet Salimata, future primary school teacher

Salimata, future primary school teacher
Salimata, future primary school teacher

Salimata is one of six young village women in northern Burkina Faso who is benefitting from a post secondary training scholarship this year thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors. Salimata is 22 years old and is from the village of Duekoue. She is in her first year of primary school teacher training. Salimata and her family were ecstatic when they learned that she had received a GlobalGiving donor-sponsored scholarship allowing her to pursue teacher training. Because her family members are indigent farmers (her father has passed away), prior to receiving her scholarship, Salimata was following the only avenue open to her: staying in a nearby town, taking a night course and trying to find work in town.

Salimata says that the most interesting aspect of her teacher training is being with young children and trying to understand them better in the context of their developmental stages and corresponding ability to learn. And the most difficult aspect of her training: the hard work required to succeed at each step of her training. She added that by being in this training, she has learned to be responsible for herself and to earn respect in life. Salimata sincerely thanks GlobalGiving donors for her scholarship.

We will continue to share with you stories of other young women whom you have enabled to pursue their dreams of a post secondary education. We are proud of all 54 young women whose post secondary educations we have supported through scholarships. 100% of them have either graduated or are currently pursuing their educations.

Mark your calendars for an upcoming opportunity: this project is a Microsoft YouthSpark project on GlobalGiving. All online donations to YouthSpark projects on GlobalGiving will be matched at 50% by Microsoft on April 16th. There will be $100,000 in matching funds (so donate early).   There will be a bonus prize of $10,000 for the project with the most unique donors!

Our sincere thanks for your continued support!

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.
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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Suzanne Plopper

Chester, CA United States

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Map of Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso