Apr 16, 2019

Unbelievable! Solar Power Made Kamsi School Ranked N.1

Students of the School of Kamsi
Students of the School of Kamsi

Unbelievable: Solar Power Made Kamsi School Ranked No. 1

The school of Kamsi has been ranked number #1 at the preparatory exam.

Djiguimdé, the director of the Kamsi School said that “this is unbelievable, the solar power made Kamsi Ranked No. 1 out of 20 schools. With solar power light, the kids enjoyed studying hard and all the time. Remember, we got two types of system from Community Building Group, the first is the electrification of our 6 classrooms, and the second is the community shared LED installed for 30 households. These have been a great help because the kids like it and you can see how they study every single day. Surprising, right? We got a chance here, and this honors me because as a teacher, I have colleagues from other areas who do not have this chance of having solar power, nothing, nothing at all. We have been lucky here."

Marie, a student parent said that: "it's been 3 years now that we have benefited from Community building Group solar electrification project, it is impressive since everything still working perfectly, all LED Lamp still working, everything is intact. Our children continue to enjoy the benefits of this project. They are able to study well and hard every single day and night, we are happy for them, and they obtained very satisfactory academic results. We are old, but we have hope in our kids. The solar power is great, I don’t know why we didn’t get it 10 years ago! Everywhere we go, other people said Kamsi has a good school. I told them the solar power has made Kamsi school good! We hope to have more power in the future to power up to 500 households."

For Honorine, a 7 grader, she said: “before I was not too much interested in school, because I have to help my mom and family to carry water and doing domestic work, and I helped my mom in everything. It was very hard. But when Community building group comes in our village, I saw them bringing solar equipment for light and water pumps. They installed the light in our village. Since that time, I feel like I received an energized force, I spend more time to study, and our parents don’t bother us too much as long as we are studying."

Community Building Group thanks all donors for their great contribution which has been very helpfully for supporting poor rural communities in Burkina Faso. The country has more than 8 000 villages, our goal is to power with solar energy at least one school per village.

 Please make a donation, and let us know your thoughts and ideas

 Sincerely thank

Djiguimde, the School Director
Djiguimde, the School Director
Marie, showing the LED light working after 3 years
Marie, showing the LED light working after 3 years
Ranked list showing Kamsi School as the number 1
Ranked list showing Kamsi School as the number 1
Students in Classroom
Students in Classroom
Djamilla, 6 grader
Djamilla, 6 grader
Battery box of the LED shared Light for households
Battery box of the LED shared Light for households
Honorine, 7 grader
Honorine, 7 grader
View of the Kamsi School
View of the Kamsi School
Apr 16, 2019

Having water for cropping has transformed our life

Women showing how they operate the pump
Women showing how they operate the pump

Kougny is a department or commune of Nayala Province in western Burkina Faso located at 144 miles from Ouagadougou.

Community Building Group has installed in Kougny a drip and sprinkler irrigation system powered by solar energy DC pumping. The women of Kougny in Nayala are still enjoying the benefits of the irrigation system installed last year in their community garden. Since then, the women are working full time to grow vegetables. Here is the testimony of some members of the women cooperative group that we met this month in Kougny:

Djibo, a member of the Cooperative told our team that: "We, women of Kougny, will never stop expressing the joy that animates us with these new irrigation solar system using the rainwater catchment basin water. It makes cropping easy." Before we have to carry water manually and pour it into the field. The management of water wells water was difficult, now only one person can operate the irrigation system. Community Building Group personal trained us on how to use the system. The challenges we have now are to keep eyes on animals damages in the farm, and we also have to manually remove the weeds. Right now, the irrigation allows us to have at least three (3) productions a year, and if we plan earlier, we can even have four consecutive harvests with some crop like eggplant and lettuces. "

Fatoumata, an active member of the cooperative said: "We thank our donors who have allowed us to have a garden equipped. We believe that we are on the right path to improving our life condition. Our challenge is to put fence preventing animals coming to our garden. We are asking the Community Building Group and its partners to help us with a fence."

Community Building Group thanks everyone for their overwhelming support, stay tuned, more yet to come. Your donation can make dryland into the fruitful wetland.

Sincerely thank

Cabbage field
Cabbage field
Fatoumat, a member of cooperative
Fatoumat, a member of cooperative
Onion nursery
Onion nursery
Women of cooperative with CBG coordinator (right)
Women of cooperative with CBG coordinator (right)
Cooperative members greeting CBG coordinator
Cooperative members greeting CBG coordinator
Extension agent from Ministry of Agriculture
Extension agent from Ministry of Agriculture
Jan 17, 2019

Solar power project is helping girl's education

Djomga Primary School Students
Djomga Primary School Students

Community Building Group  (CBG-WA) team in West Africa, particularly in Burkina Faso, is working tirelessly to support girls education toward solar energy lighting system. CBG has introduced the communities shared solar energy system which has two main components: Power school classrooms with solar energy LED light, and create study shelter areas with solar power light which allow students to study at night time at home after school. The project is a great success and has received a positive echo in the region. CBG -WA has installed solar energy LED light in the villages of Kamsi and Djomga.

Djomga is currently in the emergency zone declared by the government of Burkina Faso due to terrorist threats. The terrorist threats are real, and the village of Djomga and surrounding area are at high risk. Even that, CBG-WA team continue to support the local communities. The team traveled to the villages of Djomga and Kamsi.  In both areas, the school attendance rate is now 99%. Almost, most students attend school. Djomga primary school is the only surrounding school with solar power LED. According to the local communities, most people stop by to see the solar system.

For Noraogo, the Director of the primary school in Kamsi said: "With the solar power LED, every night, the students come out and stay here to study, and we too as teachers enjoy the light. Honestly, it has been a tremendous help for the students of both sexes, mostly the girls have good school performance, knowing that they can read and do their homework after school. That's the big change in their life. Before, we don’t even bother them with taking home their homework. Because they won’t be able to do more with a petrol lamp".

For Samba, a student of Djomga primary school said: "I am happy that our classroom has light and after school, I can study more every day. The teacher gives us homework and I can read too my textbook."

Solar electrification project for school has significantly increased students academic success. In both schools (Kamsi and Djomga), thanks to the solar electrification project installed by CBG-WA, the success rate has significantly improved as compared to previous past years before the solar power. As early stated, girls mostly can do homework, reading, and writing.

Aissata, a student, tells us about her experience before and after the electrification of her school: She said: "before it was difficult for me to have good grades, because it's at night that I have the time to study, but we have only one petrol lamp for the whole family, I can’t even use the lamp, because everyone in my family use the same lamp their need, so it disrupts me, I need to wait every time someone takes the lamp. Now, it is over, the school has light, I go every night to study, my grade before was 4 or 5 out of 10, but now scored 8 out of 10 average. The light makes me work hard."

Community Building Group is ready to support local communities in remote areas for better education of the children who are our future. Thanks for your donation and contribution. 

Lifting  panel to the roof of classroom
Lifting panel to the roof of classroom
Assaita (right) and her classmates
Assaita (right) and her classmates
 
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