Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)

The mission of FBF is to promote good will, cross-cultural understanding and friendship between the people of the United States and Burkina Faso; to support grass-roots development projects in Burkina Faso; and to enrich lives of the citizens in both countries. Its Projects Committee serves as a vehicle to facilitate the organization's support of development activities. The Committee evaluates proposals, selects projects, monitors activities, and informs members about project developments.
Sep 6, 2016

Impact of a School Cantine

Young students of the Lycee Modern de l
Young students of the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie

In northern Burkina Faso, poverty is a major obstacle to the education of children.  Village girls who are able to attend primary school within a few kms of their homes (thanks to Association NEEED’s self-help Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project) must go to larger towns to continue their middle and secondary educations.  As most of these girls are unable to find someone to take them in, they look for what are often insecure places to live in small groups and they pool their meager funds to buy food.  Students of the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (LMA - girls’ middle/secondary school run by Association NEEED) walk to school, 3 km from town, with no provision for food throughout the day.

To combat the nutritional challenges of the majority of children enrolled in the LMA, the school has made a major effort to ensure that its students have a meal (of beans or rice) in the middle of the day.

Thanks to the availability of what for some students is their only real meal of the day, coupled with the dedication of teachers and quality of instruction at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie , the success of students of the LMA is well above that of other middle and secondary schools in the region and nationally.  Eighty-two percent of seniors in this secondary school in the literature/social sciences series (in the French educational system) passed national exams this year to graduate vs 30% of students nationally.  In math and life sciences, 100% of seniors in the LMA succeeded in national exams to graduate.

Food is essential to a child’s health and to their ability to function.  School lunches at the LMA depend upon donors.  A very small investment ($.45/day/student) contributes to the success of smart and determined village girls who have nowhere else to turn for their support. 

Young girls like those in this photo are most appreciative for your support.

Jun 28, 2016

Why Train Primary School Teachers

It’s on now!  June 27 - July 1, during the Recurring Match Campaign, all new recurring donations to this project will be matched 100% up to $200 per donor on a one-time basis.  The recurring donation must last for at least three months after the initial donation (for a minimum of four donations total).  If you don’t like the mad rush of bonus day competition AND you were already planning to donate to this project sometime this year anyway, consider splitting up the amount you would have given otherwise and set up a recurring donation during this timeframe.  These funds quickly add up for FBF so we hope you’ll consider this avenue! And you can cancel at any time after the three to four months if you so choose-no strings attached!  Go to: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/

To quote the director of Association NEEED in Burkina who manages the Postsecondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso Project, « Scholarships are given specifically to girls of families with very little to no income.  Although our scholarships are very modest, the demand for them, by qualified candidates, has grown to 400-500 each year.   

Following their two-year training in primary school teaching, and entrance into the civil service, these young women are assigned to primary schools.  We have visited some of our former scholarship recipients and they are amazing. They have become young women who are able to take care of their needs, who are respected for their contributions to their communities, and who have begun supporting the educations of younger siblings.  All of these have been our objectives in giving them the opportunity to obtain postsecondary training in primary school teaching, a field so important to development in Burkina Faso. 

 We continue to seek your support so that we continue to offer teacher training scholarships to qualified girls with no other source of funds to pay for their training. »

The young women who have received GG scholarships have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to receive primary school teacher training.  They urge you to use the Recurring Match Campaign, June 27 - July 1, to maximize your support for the 2016 class of primary school teacher trainees.  With your generous donations, we aim to offer 30 scholarships this year.  Each two-year scholarship costs $1,540 which includes school fees, materials and living expenses.  Please go to: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/

We sincerely hope you’ll consider donating to girls’ education in northern Burkina, a project that has an amazing success rate and is truly changing individual lives one by one and we believe, will ultimately help change the course of development in Burkina Faso over time. Please join us!

On behalf of the teacher trainees and primary school teachers who have benefitted from GlobalGiving scholarships, our sincere thanks for your past and continuing support.

Jun 14, 2016

A Message From the Field

From the director of Association NEEED in Burkina: “In most of our towns and rural areas of northern Burkina Faso, the number of girls who abandon their studies is growing.  More and more, capable young women drop out of school in search of money to pay for their most basic needs.  They work in very unsafe conditions in gold mines, as nannies and some resort to prostitution.

We have done small studies to discern the principal causes of girls dropping out of school.  Poverty is the principal reason.   Farming families in particular are unable to ensure adequate food for their families much less support the education of their children. 

It is in recognition of this rising school dropout rate among girls in our region, and our commitment to strengthen local development in Burkina, that we offer, with the support of our GlobalGiving partners, very basic postsecondary scholarships to qualified girls from the most impoverished families.  These scholarships are in the fields of primary school teaching, nursing and midwifery. 

We are extremely grateful for your support for the education of bright and deserving girls in our region.” 

Tomorrow, June 15, 9am – 11:59pm EST (6am – 8:59pm PST) is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day this year.  All donations to this project will be matched by 50% until matching funds ($110,000) run out.  Competition will be very high.  To ensure that your donation qualifies for the 50% in matching funds, please make your donation early-ideally within the first 10 minutes of the start of the competition (at:  on GlobalGiving’s web site) which begins: tomorrow June 15 at 9:01am EST (6:01am PST). Go here to donate:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/

 
   

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