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Jun 8, 2020

July 15: GlobalGiving Bonus Day

Raketa
Raketa

Mark your calendars: on July 15, GlobalGiving will match donations to this project as follows: 15% for donations from $100 -$499; 30% for donations from $500-$749; and 50% for donations from $750-$1,000.  This is an excellent opportunity to increase the value of your donation to the postsecondary education of young village women in Burkina Faso.  Details of this Bonus Day will be forthcoming in July.

Now, please meet Raketa, one of our outstanding scholarship recipients in 2015-2017.  She shares with us her appreciation for her scholarship which enabled her to become a teacher, and her experience as a teacher.

 To my very dear partners,

My name is Raketa.  I received one of your primary teacher training scholarships from 2015-2017.  My first year of training was in the classroom at the National School for Primary Teacher Training.   My second year consisted of supervised practical training in a primary school. It was at this point that I began to appreciate the realities of teaching. I am now a teacher at a government primary school in the village of Kingria.   I teach second grade, with a class of 99 students: 44 boys and 45 girls. 

I thank Friends of Burkina Faso and Association NEEED most sincerely.  You are the reason for my happiness.

 Concerns about the coronavirus pandemic led to the closing of the education system throughout Burkina (including the National School for Primary School Teacher Training where your donations support postsecondary scholarships for young women from indigent families) in March.  In mid-May, the Ministry of Education re-opened professional schools and the university and plans to re-open primary and secondary schools soon, adopting a calendar to enable students to complete the school year in August; and enable the next school year to begin in October.  Thus, our scholarship recipients will complete their training as planned and a new population of qualified young women from indigent families will vie for scholarships for the coming year to enable them to receive the training they need to become teachers and contribute to the expansion of the education of village children in Burkina.  

A special thank you for your past and continued support for these very deserving and hardworking young women!

Jun 2, 2020

Thank you for your generous support!

A very special thank you to all of the very generous GlobalGiving donors to the Emergency Humanitarian Relief Fund organized by Friends of Burkina Faso.  Our fundraising campaign for this emergency is ending and decisions have been made by our board regarding the allocation of these funds.   All and all, with donations coming in by a variety of means, we were able to raise just over $60,000.   Each and every donation is much appreciated and counts toward achieving this sum.

Within the time period allocated to accepting applications, we received proposals for funding from five local organizations in Burkina Faso which are attempting to respond to the most urgent needs of internally displaced people (IDP) who have fled terrorist attacks in their villages.   In all cases, the first priority of these groups has been to respond to food insecurity among the IDP population arriving in their communities.  Our goal was and remains to help where the need is greatest, hopefully buy a bit of time for the government and international aid organizations to expand their assistance capacity, and to demonstrate our solidarity with the Burkinabe people during this very difficult time.

Our board is in the process of working with each of the five local organizations to arrange for the transfer of funds and to outline a procedure to ensure accountability for the expenditure of these funds.

Again, THANK YOU!   We couldn’t have done this without your generous support!

Jun 2, 2020

A Challenging Time in Education

Bienvenue
Bienvenue

As in much of the world, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the education system in Burkina Faso.   Schools, including the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (LMA) where your donations support noon meals for girls from indigent families, closed throughout Burkina in mid-March due to fears of the spread of the virus.  Today, Assn NEEED reports that, given that cases of the virus appear to have leveled off, the Ministry of Education plans to cautiously re-open the schools, adopting a calendar which will enable children needing to take exit exams (at the end of primary, middle and secondary school) to do so in July, and all other children to complete their school year in August; and to enable the next school year to begin in October.  (The government of Burkina Faso has closed its borders and made a serious effort with public service announcements to educate the population regarding the virus and recommended preventive measures.)

Three students share with us their appreciation for their education at the LMA:

Bienvenue is one of ten children in her family.  She is in “classe 1ere”, and will complete secondary school next year.  Bienvenue describes the LMA as an establishment that teaches discipline and work; and expresses her appreciation for the canteen which provides her a noon meal and enables her to use the noon break to study.  Bienvenue hopes to become a judge.

Kiswensida is in “classe seconde”, her first year of secondary school, with two years to go.  One of five children in her family, she aspires to become an attorney and to defend the honor of her family and of society from social injustices.  Kiswensida echoes Bienvenue’s appreciation for the canteen which provides her a noon meal (of rice, beans or spaghetti) and enables her to study.  She awaits anxiously for school to re-open and hopes that next year the situation will be stable in Burkina and in other countries for the education of children.

Rassiatou, one of eight children in her family, is in “classe 1ere”, with one year left to complete secondary school.  Rassiatou writes that in addition to the academic education she receives at the LMA, she and her classmates learn respect for others, discipline, a sense of responsibility, success and self- control.   Like her colleagues, she is eager to return to school and complete her studies.  In the meantime, she studies at home and helps her mother prepare meals and sell condiments in front of their home.  Rassiatou hopes to become a journalist at the conclusion of her studies.

On behalf of all of the girls from indigent families attending the LMA, I add my sincere Thank You for your continued and generous support for the education of these most deserving and hard-working young women.

Kiswensida
Kiswensida
Rassiatou
Rassiatou
 
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