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
May 22, 2020

Nursery schools closed until June 1st 2020

children nursery school Nefrelaye
children nursery school Nefrelaye

On March 15th, the government has decided to close all schools in Burkina Faso due to the COVID - 19.

We will reopen them for the month of June even if the government do not consider important to reopen them unril next year.

Our objective is to finish the program so that children attending our nursery schools are well prepared to go to primary schools in october 2020.

The head of the schools are paid during this time. We beleived that it was important to use this workforce. Four of them (all ladies) came back to the city (Bobo Dioulasso) during this period.

In Bobo Dioulasso we have also a sewing workshop which normally makes washable protection for mentruation. With the COVID - 19 pandemy, we started end of March the production of protective masks with cotton material. 

The 4 nursery schools teachers had no problem to come help to produce protective masks. Their help allows us to produce 250 masks per day. Those teachers will then help distribute masks and soap to women in villages who come to their local medical center. 

We hope that this will be a strong incentive for village women to come to the medical center. It will also create a strong bond between the nursery school directors and their communities.

nursery school nefrelaye 2020
nursery school nefrelaye 2020
nursert school nefrelaye 2 2020
nursert school nefrelaye 2 2020
masks
masks
Aissata with a mask
Aissata with a mask
 
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