Mar 20, 2018

Harvesting preparation Avril 2018

Cashew nuts tree
Cashew nuts tree

In November and December 2017 an additional training has been given to the beekeepers with two main objectives:

  • Improve the percentage of hives with swarms
  • Improve the harvesting method

Regarding the colonization of the hives by swarms, the information  we have got from the field is very positive. All contacted  beekeepers have confirmed that 100% of their hives where with swarm.

On the second point we will have to wait the month of April in order to check the impact of the training.

The beekeepers are very optimist about the volume of raw honey they will collect this year. Fruit trees had a lot of flowers this year (mango, cashew nuts, shea nuts, locust bean trees), more than last year.

Price of the raw honey has been increased to 1.85 US$/kg from 1.55 US$/kg. We expect to buy more than 2.000 kg of raw honey in 2018.

This will bring additional income for the beekeepers: more kg of honey and higher price per kg.

There are still 200 villagers looking for hives from which 50 women.

Help us helping them get an additional income by providing them hives.

Thank you for your support.

Baobab fruits
Baobab fruits
locust tree flowers
locust tree flowers
purple flowers tree
purple flowers tree
Bees drinking
Bees drinking
Feb 26, 2018

What is a nursery school in a rural village in Burkina?

2 young girls at the nursery school
2 young girls at the nursery school

It is difficult to imagine what is a nursery school in a remote rural village in Burkina Faso. 

To give some ideas we have made a short video of the nursery school of the village of Nefrelaye. 

The village of Nefrealye is at about 65 km from the city of Bobo Dioulasso. It is quiet remote and the nursery school has opened 8 years ago has changed a little bit the mentality of the villagers.

First af all that small children can learn and ask questions. Most of the time, small children have to keep quiet in front of adults and never asked questions.

Also hygiene has become important. Children have to come with a clean uniform at the school and they have to wash their hands before entering the class, before earing and when coming back from the toilets. Those habits influence the whole family who also improve their hygiene.

The nursery school project is one of the best we have realised. We have now 5 opened and we are planning to opened a new one in 2018. We are still missing some funds for it.

Hope you will enjoy the video.

Thank you for yoru continuous support.

More kids from the nursery school
More kids from the nursery school
Kids in the play corner
Kids in the play corner

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Jan 8, 2018

Report on first quarter school year 2017-2018

Harvest of the first zuchini
Harvest of the first zuchini

1-      Information on education problem in Burkina

Since the beginning of the year there has been a lot of problem nationwide within public education system in Burkina: strikes, sittings… This is for primary, secondary and higher education.

The first quarter for secondary school has not been validated. This could lead to a “blank year”.

The other civil servants from the health and justice ministry have been able to get substantial increase in their salary. The education personnel is feeling left out. In addition teachers from the secondary education are doing a lot of overtime hours in other schools than where they are teaching normally. Those hours are out of control and the government has not paid the overtime done last school year.

We are not sure how this will end and we hope that this will not have impact on the LAP. 

2-      Students:

For this school year we have 188 students: 89 boys and 99 girls.

                         Girls             Boys     Total

First year           31                  23        54

Second year       37                 21        58

Third year           14                 18        32

Fourth year         17                  27        44

Total                    99                 89        188

3-      Results first quarter:

Those results are for the general subjects they do not include the agricultural subjects.

First year: 64.8% of the students has above average (highest grade 18.09/20, lowest 6.54)

Second year: 67.2% of the students has above average (highest grade 16.32/20, lowest 7.17)

Third year: 100% of the students has above average (highest grade 17.21/20, lowest 10.10)

 

Second year: 50% of the students has above average (highest grade 14.44/20, lowest 6.09)

 

4-      Extra curriculum activities:

 

Sport activities: football, volley ball and badminton have been organized during the spare time. One football game was organized against a neighboring secondary school. 

Other activities: 5 djembe have been bought for the boys and the 6 sewing machines have been maintained.

5-      Agricultural activities:

Thanks to Charles we have been able better take care of the land maintenance. The fence around the LAP has been reinforced. Each tree planted during the rainy season has been assigned to one children. Waiting for the garden to produce, the chicken coop have produced vegetables for the meals of the students.

We have brought 20 hens, 2 roosters, 3 turkeys and 4 rabbits. The only sow we have gave birth to 7 piglets.

piglets
piglets

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