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Nov 27, 2018

Invest in Girls' Education & Community Development

2018 Primary School Teacher Trainees
2018 Primary School Teacher Trainees

On this day of generous giving, please help a bright young village woman from a subsistence farming family in Burkina Faso to become a primary school teacher.   This year, over 200 young women in northern Burkina Faso applied for scholarships to enable them to enroll in primary school teaching training.  Because they come from very poor families, their only hope of receiving postsecondary training is dependent upon receiving a scholarship to do so.  The cost of their two-year teacher training is $1,540, including school fees, materials and living expenses. 

The accompanying photo is of the 15 young women that Friends of Burkina Faso was able to provide scholarships to this year, in collaboration with Association NEEED in Burkina. 

Of the 120 young women whose scholarships we (Friends of Burkina Faso) have supported in the past nine years, 118 have either graduated and are working or are currently in training: 98% success by highly motivated and qualified young women.   Your donation is an investment in the future of young rural women in Burkina Faso.  Your donation will make a profound difference in a young village woman’s life.

On behalf of these young women, our sincere gratitude and our very best wishes to you this holiday season.

 "There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls". Kofi Annon, former U.N. Secretary General

“No society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”  Melinda Gates, Co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Nov 5, 2018

Leaders and Parents Support Girls' Education


Young village girls have inspiring stories about having the opportunity to go to school.  It’s also important to hear from the adults in their world, especially their leaders and their parents, about how they view girls’ education.  These adults are the focus of this report.

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, in a keynote address at the European Development Days, June 5-6, 2018, declared that “Education is the only way to fight against early marriage.  Education remains an essential vector for transforming the lives of young girls in all sectors of a nation’s life. Even more, it is an effective weapon against all practices that belong to another era. The world cannot afford to leave half of its human potential unused as it seeks to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs).”   President Kabore’s open and candid declarations about the importance of girls’ education speak to very positive cultural changes in Burkina and to the growing commitment of government to promote girls’ education.

Ouedraogo Madi, President of the Village Development Committee and Chief of the village Bourbo. “Our sincere thank you to Association NEEED and its partner, Friends of Burkina Faso, for we know that behind all the work done by NEEED to encourage each village to send their young girls to school, there are NEEED’s partners who sacrifice in order to enable the education of our children.  NEEED’s support of school materials, lamps, uniforms and a lamb for our young girls has in fact propelled the education of all children in our village. As proof, we had to build a second school of mud walls and thatched roof.   We are very grateful to NEEED for helping us recently to replace this school by more permanent classrooms. 

Ouedraogo Zoenabo, Parent and President of PTA. “I speak for all women in Bourbo because there is not a single person here who does not have a family member who has benefitted from the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project.  Before this project, parents were only able to send one out of four children to school.  The others stayed home.  In view of the school materials given our daughters entering primary school, and our ability to continue to provide them each year – thanks to the lambs our daughters receive the first year - even our daughters who are too young to go to school beg their parents to enroll them in school.  Before this project came to our village, many girls dropped out of primary school.  Now most of them go on to secondary school.  Our profound gratitude to Association NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso for propelling the education of our daughters.”

Oct 31, 2018

Have You Ever Wondered...?


If you have ever wondered what a noon meal (of beans, rice or spaghetti) means to a village girl, especially one trying to get an education, you will appreciate the stories of Fatimata and Salmatou, two students at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie where 98.5% of students passed year-end exams this year.

Fatimata :

I was orphaned at a very early age and do not remember my parents.  I have been raised by my grandmother.  She sells small amounts of millet, beans and peanuts from her fields in order to feed me and my siblings.  During drought years, my grandmother collects gravel which she sells to whoever would buy it.  I am now in middle school.  I am so grateful to receive a noon meal at my school.   At home, we prepare one meal per day – in the evening.  If there is anything left over in the morning, we eat it for breakfast.  If not, I go to school with nothing to eat.  I am fortunate to attend the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie where I know I will have a noon meal (of beans, rice or spaghetti).   The canteen means everything to the many of us who come from indigent families.

Salmatou :

I come from a village 18 kilometers from my school.  When I entered primary school, I benefitted from the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project (run by Association NEEED to enable young village girls to enroll in primary school).  I was given a lamb which my parents helped me to raise, sell and replace each year in order to support my education.  During the rainy season, the lambs find grass to eat.  However, the dry season is hard.  We give the lambs dry millet stalks, dried peanut plant leaves and seed husks of the millet.  I have been able to acquire nine sheep over the years as some of my lambs got pregnant and gave birth to twins before I had to sell them.  I sell one whenever I or my family really need to.  For example, now I live with an aunt in a village 8 kilometers from school.  By selling a lamb, I was able to buy a bicycle to get to and from school.  Along with the other students, I stay at school all day and use the midday break to study my lessons.  My hope is to finish secondary school and study gynecology at the university.  

On behalf of both girls, Thank You for giving them a noon meal and such encouragement on their educational journeys.

Please remember these girls on #GivingTuesday (November 27)!

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