Jul 7, 2017

Conditioning of honey bought from beekeepers

Pressing the raw honey
Pressing the raw honey

On our last report we have shown the collect of the harvest of raw honey in the villages.

This raw honey purchased by our association to the beekeepers at a fair price needs to be conditioned before to be sold. For this harvest we bought over 1.000 kg of raw honey.

The separation between honey, wax and residues is done in 2 steps. The first step is to press the raw honey to extract as much honey as possible. It is a bit like pressing a sponge. The leftover of this operation is then placed under a glass plate in the sun to melt the wax and get some additional honey.

The honey is then kept for at least 30 days in plastic containers until it is conditioned and labelled in glass container. The honey is then ready for sale.

The wax still needs to be refined before it is sold mainly to artists making bronze statues using the “loss wax method”.

Finally the residues of this process can be used as fertilizer. Nothing is lost.

The revenues which women gets from this activity is very important to help them go through medical and education expenses of the family.

The women who have got hives thanks you for your support.

Many more women are asking us for hives!!! Thanks to promote this project around you.

Filling glass containers with honey
Filling glass containers with honey
Final product ready for sale
Final product ready for sale
Jul 6, 2017

End of school year 2016-2017

July 1st was the last day at school for the 215 students of the LAP.

Results for the school year:

As last year the results of our students to the national exam called BEPC was not good. Only 29% of the students passed the exam. We have seen the discipline deteriorating through the year and we have also seen a lack of leadership at the school. We will start the next school year with new director. Also several teachers will be changed.

One of the major task for next year will also be to give a purpose to the children. Many of them coming directly from remote villages do not have an idea why they have to study.

Agricultural certificate:

At the end of the 3rd year, we make the students pass an agricultural certificate, This is an in house exam. From the 53 students 41 got the certificate. Students who have got the certificate got also a chicken to take home from the production of the school.

End of the year performance:

For the last 3 weeks of the school year, students were busy working the field of the LAP, but also preparing a performance for the last day. Parents coming to pick up their children could enjoy this performance.

Students at the LAP thank you for your support. Without it those children coming from poor farmers families wouls not have been able to attend the LAP.

School year 2017-2018 will start on September 15th 2017. We still your support for thsi new school year.

Girl ready for vacation
Girl ready for vacation

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Jun 12, 2017

One day at a rural nursery school

Children eating
Children eating

The nursery schools we are supporting in rural villages are for children of 5 years old. They stay in the nursrey school for one year before going to primary school.

The personnel of the school is made of one director and 2 or 3 support staff (called "petites mamans"). Most of the personnel are women. 

In this report we would like to let you go through the program of one day of those children.

A school day at a nursery school:

The school opened at 7:30. The children are received by the support staff. The class starts at 8:00.

From 8:00 to 10:00 there are lectures. For activities linked with learning colors, shapes, numbers,.... children are devided in groups. Children can then be helped individually if needed. For other activities such as learning a song, a poem the whole class participates.

At 10:00 the children received a snack which changes each day. A short pause is made and the children can then play outside.

From 10:00 to 12:00 there are lecture and outside activities such has running, dancing. 

The school day is finsihed at 12:00 at which time children go back home to their mothers.

Some numbers of school year 2016-2017:

This school year we have 5 nursery schools running with a total of 275 children. 

Objectives of the nursery school:

- open the mind of children and prepare them to attend primary school

- help mothers  who do not have to watch their 5 years old

- improve the health and growth of the children attending the school (one additional meal, brushing teeth, learning about hygiene)

Early learning is very important and we would like to thank you for the support you give to make this possible.

Children at the nursery school
Children at the nursery school
Children learning a song
Children learning a song
Outside activity
Outside activity
Children playing
Children playing
Working in groups
Working in groups
 
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