Jul 31, 2020

Progress report on the mask project

Awareness meeting COVID 19 iin the village of Fina
Awareness meeting COVID 19 iin the village of Fina

Masks are an essential part of the protection against COVID 19.

In Burkina Faso masks are mandatory since May, unfortunatly there is no real enforcement of this rule. People keep going around specially onvery busy markets without masks. 

Test availability for coronavirus is really limited and information coming from the government about number of casis not really reliable.

In the rural area, distancing, hand washing and masks are rules which are even less followed. Distancing is not easy in a place where social contact is very important specially at funerals. Hand washing needs soap which is not always available. Masks have a costs which the villagers cannot afford.

It is the period in the villages in Burkina Faso when the food (from last year harvest) is getting very low until the harvest of this year not coming before september for aome of teh crops. A difficult time.

We cannot change the way people live, but we can help them to stay healthy by providing them with masks and by doing awareness meeting about the need to wear them.

Thank you for your donation, but we need more in order to achieve our goal of 10.000 masks.

Please communicate this project to your network. What is important for developped country is even more important for developping countries.

Distribution of soap and masks in Fina
Distribution of soap and masks in Fina
Distribution of soap and mask Fina 2
Distribution of soap and mask Fina 2
Class room at the LAP in June
Class room at the LAP in June
Jul 1, 2020

COVID 19 impact on education program of the LAP

measuring the temperature
measuring the temperature

In March, the government decided to close all schools dur to the coronavirus.

All the students of the LAP went home. Home for the students are villages which can be up to 120 km from the LAP. Also all the main roads were closed.

In order to keep the students busy, we have sent them weekly exercices which were collected and corrected. With the extension of the closing of the schools, we then send teachers to the villages to work with the students who are in an exam year. This surprised the parents and helped motivated the students.

The exam year (4th and 6th year) came back to the LAP on June 1st. The other years cam back 2 weeks later even if the government did not open them. We beleive taht it was needed to get back for a few weeks before the long 2,5 months vacation.

The return to the lAP was done respecting all the recommended precaution: measure of temperature, washing hands, wearing mask and keeping distances.

The state exam will start on July 14th. We are not too sure what to expect with this incomplete study year.

We are already thinking about the new school year which will start September 15th. For this new school year we are looking at the possibility to integrate a few students from refugees families in coordination with the UNHCR from Burkina.

Thank you for your support, stay safe.

lecture at the LAP
lecture at the LAP
lecture in a village
lecture in a village
Cleaning time
Cleaning time
Jun 12, 2020

COVID 19 impact on the beekeeping project

Women from Nefrelaye
Women from Nefrelaye

COVID 19 did not reach the villages where we have the nbeekeeping project as far as we know. The health care system in rural area of Burkina Faso is very limited and to detect COVID 19 at this level is almost impossible.

However all roads to major cities were closed for 6 weeks and the collect of the harvest of honey was not easy.

The 2020 honey harvest was marginely better than in 2019. The best results came from the village of Nefrelaye were some women got 13kg of honet per hive. The average from the 68 women in the beekeeping project was 6kg of honey per hive.

For the more performant beekeeper it brings her 100 US$ of revenue with 5 hives and on average women got 50 US$ of revenue.

This revenue is very important for the women specially now. Most of the revenue generating activities of the women are linked with markets. Those were closed for 8 weeks making it difficult for the women to pay for essential services such as health expenses.

With those resuklts we are very much encouraged to keep looking for more funding for beehives for women.

Help us communicate about this project to your network. It costs you only a bit of time and it might help additional women in rural area of Burkina Faso to acquire hives.

Thank you for your time.

Women of Sipigui
Women of Sipigui
Harvested honey
Harvested honey
Women of Sissa
Women of Sissa
wild swarm
wild swarm
 
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