According to the U.N. Fund for Population Activities, “Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process. Educating women has a more significant impact on poverty and development than men’s education. It is also the most influential factor in improving child health and reducing infant mortality”.
Thanks to you, our generous GlobalGiving partners, at least six village girls in northern Burkina Faso will go on to post-secondary training (primary school teacher training, 2 & 3 year nursing training and midwifery training) this fall. Your generous support through the microprojects and through this “parent” project has made this possible.
On average, 200 qualified village girls have applied for our scholarships in each of the past three years. Of the 33 girls whose post secondary training/education we have supported, 14 have successfully completed their training/education and 19 are currently in school. Twelve of the 14 graduates are actively employed and two are awaiting civil service exams to enter government service.
As you can see, the demand is great and the girls who have received our scholarships are successful. With your generous and continuing support, we aim to double the number of girls we support this fall, including supporting at least one girl at the university level.
A heads up: Wednesday, June 12, is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day of the year. GlobalGiving will match all donations to this project by 50% up to a maximum $1,000 donation. To qualify for matching funds, donations must be made through the GlobalGiving website.
Thanks again for your support!
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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