Jan 10, 2020

With solar power, a 5th grader student ranked 1st in her class

Rachidatou, 5th grader student
Rachidatou, 5th grader student

A 5th grader student ranked 1st in her class as a direct impact of a solar project installed by Community Building Group.

 As part of the monitoring and evaluation activities of the rural school’s electrification project, the regional team of the Community Building Group conducted a site visit on Wednesday, Jan 9, 2020. They met with the students, teachers and village leaders, and meantime encourages residents to take care of the solar power infrastructures. The team found that the solar equipment installed since 2016 is still in a very good condition and well maintained. Our team noted that 100% of the LED installed in the entire school is intact. The batteries are still good and can operate for 10 hours a day. The school teachers told us that they have not yet encountered any problem with the solar power system installed in the 6 classrooms.

The Director of the primary school in Kamsi said that” we definitely want to expand the system to be able to add more light and be able to use more devices, but we hope Community Building Group will help us to reach that goal in the future”. Community Building Group team thanks the bravery of the school staff devoted to their work despite the terrorist threat in the country.

The team discussed with parents too, we encourage them to keep supporting the students and mostly to give more time to young girls so they can study.

Rachidatou, a 5th grader student is ranked 1st in her class. She told us that "her household received a community shared solar LED light project installed by Community Building Group, and she started studying steadily every night, and her mom and dad were also happy because they have the solar LED light. From her own words, she said: My friends also come over at night so we can read and work together. Now, I finished reading the entire textbook, as we do not have many books in the village, I am reading again for a second time the same textbook. I can tell you without LED light in the house, nobody will bother to such effort of studying every night. " The Director of the school added that, when the solar project arrived here in the village, Rachidatou was in 2nd grade, now she ranked top in her class.”

Zenabou is also a 5th grader student, she said: “The day we don’t have school, we spend all our time in the irrigation vegetable garden helping our mom to manually exhaust water from the well that is 12 to 30meter depth. But now with the solar irrigation pump, we have more time to study. Because the solar energy makes it easy and it only takes an hour or less to supply water in the field. Community Building Group Team has also told our mom to let us study more every day. I want to be highly educated and be able to help my village one day.

 

Stay tune more yet to come!

Thank you for your donation and help in supporting these communities in a very remote rural area where there is no access to public utility services.

5th Grade Students
5th Grade Students
Students in Classroom Jan 9, 2020
Students in Classroom Jan 9, 2020
Coordinator of CBG-WA with students
Coordinator of CBG-WA with students
Zenabou, a 5th grader student
Zenabou, a 5th grader student
School teachers in classroom with students
School teachers in classroom with students
Students in Classroom, LED light on (ceiling)
Students in Classroom, LED light on (ceiling)
Jan 10, 2020

Village of Kabinou, our next solar irrigation project!

Water manually pumped and carried to field
Water manually pumped and carried to field

The village of Kabinou is ready for the next solar irrigation project!

On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the regional team of CBG -WA visited a new area that will host future solar power irrigation project in the village of Kabinou, near Koudougou. Kabinou is located at 101km from Ouagadougou in the Center-West of Burkina Faso.

The team met with the women cooperative called “Lagamtaaba -la-nôgo group” of Kabinou. The cooperative has already a vegetable garden, but the irrigation is supplied manually from the wells. The women told our team that they heavily rely on this garden as the only source where they get most of their household foodstuffs. For their household daily needs, they usually get cabbage, onion, tomato, and hibiscus leaf from the garden for making the sauce.

Fati, the president of the cooperative, speaking on behalf of women said: "We are really happy having Community Building Group coming here today to Kabinou. We have been waiting for this time. We heard that you have helped the village of Kamsi, and some of our members have visited the site of Kamsi. We are very impressed by their results. Here in Kabinou, we also want solar power irrigation system, because in our existing garden, water is supplied manually. We have no resources and don’t have any clue and expertise on how to build this type of solar system. In our current farming activities, we do grow mainly vegetables, and the main difficulties are pumping water which is 100% done manually. We spend all day in the garden every single day only for fetching and carrying water to the field. This is extremely hard, believe me. The kids help us too because we get our food from there, so everyone gets involved. Other difficulties are preventing animals to get inside the farm and destroy our crops at night which often hampers our work. So, in addition to the irrigation pump, we need a metallic fence to protect the farm from animal damage mostly by cattle, goats, and sheep.

We do not have enough wells in the garden, there are only six water-wells and two already collapsed and are in poor condition. By repairing the water-well and retrofitting the garden with a fence and equipped with a solar irrigation system will be a great relief, as we will suffer less. This will considerably alleviate our day to day burden, of course, our business will flourish, as we will also sell part of the production. We hope that our dream becomes a reality.

The young men also said that to please add them to the project, because they have nothing to do after the raining season, so if we could help them with an irrigation solar power system, that will allow them to stay in the village all year and help their family, and generate some revenue.

Communities Building Group thanks you for your valuable support and for your donation that is making an impact on communities' wellbeing.

 

Stay tuned, and more yet to come!

 

Sincerely thanks

Cooperative Group: Lagamtaaba -la-nogo
Cooperative Group: Lagamtaaba -la-nogo
Fati, President of the Cooperative
Fati, President of the Cooperative
CBG-WA coordinator during meeting
CBG-WA coordinator during meeting
Oct 14, 2019

Having solar light has improved our study condition

First Grader Students, Djomga near Dori
First Grader Students, Djomga near Dori

The school year 2019 -2020 has just begun. The team from Community Building Group Regional Office in Ouagadougou visited the primary schools in the villages of Kamsi and Djomga to inspect the solar energy system that provides power to both schools. Djomga is located farther north in the Sahel region near Dori, and Kamsi is at the Center West part near Koudougou. Both villages have no power supply, so solar energy off-grid is one of the most effective ways to provide electricity in these remote rural areas.

CBG team has also discussed with the school directory boards who have solicited to help them expand the solar system size with an additional 2 kilowatts in Kamsi, and 2.5 Kilowatt in Djomga. The current system size installed by Community Building Group can handle LED light, but not enough power to support Roof Fans in every single classroom and accommodate a video projector and other devices in the classroom.

This project has impacted significantly girls by supporting them in their education. About 30 households who received the solar LED kit from CBG open their door to allow neighbor kids to study at night time. Girls mostly were giving now time to study at nighttime. CBG has encouraged parents to allow their kids to study more, mostly after school, and the message was very well perceived.

 We found that in Djomga despite the insecurity from the terrorist threats, the teachers are still making great efforts to provide education to the children. The schools are opened. Other villages at a few hundred kilometers from Djomga, the school are closed due to real insecurity threats. Even that, our local team is still on the ground working to help communities. Thank to your support and donations.

 Mr. Zagré: "We thank all our donors from the bottom of our hearts because the solar energy off-grid system installed here has helped everyone, students, teachers, and even parents. We have managed to have a few fans, but not enough energy. If you can increase the system size to accommodate our need will be a game change opportunity. We are already happy having this solar light, as it improves our study and teaching conditions".

For Bibata, a student said: "I am very happy to be back on the road to school. With the solar electrification project of the Community Building Group to support our education, we girls from Kamsi school are now determined to study well, because we have been given consideration. I would like to become an English teacher later. "

We thank all donors and everyone for their involvement and multiple supports.

Your support is making a big difference!

 

Stay tuned!

School, Djomga
School, Djomga
Bibata, Student
Bibata, Student
Zagre, teacher
Zagre, teacher
 
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