Dec 27, 2017

New training for beekeepers

Audit meeting in Nefrelaye
Audit meeting in Nefrelaye

At time of harvest in April, we realise that at least a third of the beehives we had provided where not swarmed. 

We first did a audit with a specialist to analyse the reasons for this situation. We found out that the unswarmed hives where not positioned properly (orientation or location).

In order to improve the knowledge of the beekeepers we have started a training in selected villages. The training goes over 2 days, including one session at night. 

With the training we expect the farmers to have a better understanding about bees, to be able to recognize if the swarm is of good quality, how to position the hives, why does swarm leaves the hives, how to bring a swarm in the hives. The training will also help farmers to maintain and protect their hives.

This year the rainy season has stopped very soon and abruptaly. One of the concequence is a very poor harvest, but also fruit trees are flowering at least one month earlier than normal. During the training it has been advised to check on the production of honey has early as February (when it is normally done early April). It is important to harvest the honey at the right time.

With this training we expect to have at least 90% of the hives with bees and that the production of each hives will be between 7 to 10 kg of raw honey.

Results will be measured at time of harvest between March and April 2018.

We wish you a healthy and peaceful newyear.

Do not hesitate to communicate with your friends about this project.

Thank you again for your support.

Checking one hive
Checking one hive
Practical training
Practical training
Wonderful work of the bees
Wonderful work of the bees
Nov 30, 2017

New school year 2017-2018

Nursery school of Fina
Nursery school of Fina

Beginning of october the new school year has started in the 5 nursery schools we are supporting. There are in total 280 children of 5 years old in those schools. 

It is always difficult to start the schools on October 1st, as planned. Parents are in the fields to start the harvest and children of 5 years old are with their mother for teh girls or are used to keep the cattle away from the cultivated fields for the boys.

Normally we have about 50% girls and 50% boys in the schools. This year it is only 40% girls. This decrease is mainly explained by the poor yields expected from the fields due to very early stopped of the rainy season. The fathers who decide about the schooling of children choose their sons against daughters. Girls will leave the family when they get married. Boys can help the parents in their old age. 

We want to motivate the parents to send their girls to the nursery schools. If girls have started schooling in nursery school it will be easier for them to attend primary school.

The motivation will be to give one chicken to girls attending school this year. This chicken will be a source of additional income for the family: eggs, other chickens. 

For this campaign we are looking for donations of 5US$ (cost of one chicken). Those chicken will be given in the middle of this school year. 

Help us to make sure that girls of 5 years attend school!!!!

We thank you for your time and for your generosity.

Director of the nursery school of Fina
Director of the nursery school of Fina
Children of the school of Fina
Children of the school of Fina
Children on the playground
Children on the playground
Nov 13, 2017

New school year has started

Students
Students

On September 23rd the new school year has started. There are 188 studenst this year at the LAP (100 girls and 88 boys).

Parents went to send their girls to our school because they are in a boarding school. Many teen girls got pregnant when going to secondary school. In the public school near by, at least 15% of the girls under 18 got pregnant...... 

The results of the past year were not very good. In order to improve those results we have made a lot of changes in the teaching staff and supervision staff. First of all we have appointed a new director named Pamoussa.

We can already feel the changes in the behaviour of the students. There is a stricter discipline, but the students seems happier.

During the vacation we have completed one of the building for a library and a teachers room.

The first year that the school was opened, we have lost a student due to meningitis. Since then, each year we are vaccinating all the new students and the students of the last year (the vaccination last 3 years). 

We really appreciate your continuing support, please send the link of our project to friends and families. They might also want to help send a poor child to an agricultural school.

Thank you.

In line for vaccination
In line for vaccination
Vaccination for meningitis
Vaccination for meningitis
Second year class
Second year class
New construction
New construction
Library
Library
Teachers room
Teachers room
 
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