The school year started on September 21 2020 at the LAP. Among the 63 new students 5 are coming from refugees families.
All the other 276 students of the school are coming from poor farmer families from 12 villages.
We were a bit worried about the integration of the 5 students (one girl and 4 boys). During the first week there was no lectures but only field works (harvest) and games. This unable students to know each other better and interact socially.
On the first evaluation the refugees children did very well, all on the top of the class. We believe that they see the LAP as a real opportunity. Students coming from villages are coming from poor families but did not go through the hardship of refugees.
UNHCR in Burkina Faso is helping for the logistic and the follow up of the children.
It will be interesting to find out the feedback of the parents after the hollyday of the first trimester.
GlobalGiving is having a "donors drive" between the 14 and 18 December. For a minimum of 4 recurring donations, GlobalGiving will double the first donation up to 200 us$.
Thank you for your support and if you feel that it is a good project, do not hesitate to communicate about it to your network.
We are taking this opportunity to wish you an happy and healthy 2021.
AG Mohamed Attaher
AG Mohamed Wahab
First year class
Sep 22, 2020
By Herve Millet - Founder
Women wearing masks
This project was started to answer an emergency, linked with COVID 19.
Many other organisations had the same need. Funding for masks was therefore very competitive.
We have gathered only a few donations which we have used to provide masks to about 150 women. This is far from our goal of 10.000.
Since we have been able to gather funds in Europe for this type of project we realise that our US network might not be the best for this type of emergency project.
It is difficult to measure the results of such project since the in Burkina even so it is mandatory to wear one, most people do not do wear them. Also the contamination seems to be much lower in Africa than in Europe or in the USA. People here do not feel the danger of something which they cannot see.
Thank you for your donations and hope than you will keep supporting one of our other projects on GlobalGiving Platform.
For example project 46029 (help children to attend nursery school)
Women wearing masks 2
Women wearing masks 3
Sep 15, 2020
New school year 2010-2011
By Herve Millet - Founder
Children of Oualana nursery school
The previous school year was very disturbed by the COVID 19. Nursery schools were closed mid March 2020 and did not reopened.
The children coming out of the 2019-2020 school year will unfortunatly not be as well prepared for primary school than in previous year.
The new school year will be starting October 1st. The leaders of the schools are back to work on September 15th.They will start the recruiting of new children for their schools and get organised for the the opening of the schools.
Parents do not send automatically their child of 5 years old to the nursery schools. The mothers association managing the school and the employees of the school have to go house to house to promote the school.
Most parents have children in primary and secondary schools. Additional expenses even small (7us$ per year / child) is not a priority for them.
The adults working at the school will be wearing masks and there will be more soaps sent to the school. We will also provide the schools with bleach.
Last year in the 6 nursery schools there were 343 children (168 girls and 175 boys). For tis new school year we forecast a small increase to 360 children with objective to have 50% girls.
We really hope that we will be able to complete this new school year without interuption.