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May 13, 2019

Two Very Grateful Future Teachers

Hello dear partners of Association NEEED.  My name is Ramata and I have received one of your primary school teacher training scholarships through NEEED.  I express my profound gratitude to you because, without this scholarship, I do not know where I would be today.  Following my two years of training, I will receive a professional diploma (Certificat Elémentaire d’Aptitude Pédagogique) which will allow me to be employed as a teacher.  I am extremely appreciative and I think always of the other girls who are in need.  I ask you from the bottom of my heart to continue your generous partnership with NEEED which contributes enormously to the reduction of poverty and misery in all its forms.  My greetings to all of your families.

My name is Rabiatou.  My parents are subsistence farmers.  I have two brothers and two sisters.  I am very thankful to you for my scholarship to primary school teacher training.  I chose teaching because since a very young age, I found this profession very honorable.  When I was in primary school, I had a teacher named Mrs. Nacanabo.  She was very kind to us, not like others who sometimes hit their students.  One day I arrived at school to find the classrooms closed and the teachers in a group at the flag pole.  Later, they told us that our teacher had had an accident the night before and died.  All of us cried and since that day, I promised myself that I would become a teacher like Mrs. Nacanabo.  Seriously, I thank you for helping me to realize my dream, which is to teach children.

 

To our GlobalGiving partners and generous donors, I add my sincere thanks for your continued support for the training of young village women who will soon join the cadre of primary school teachers responsible for the education of the next generations of children in Burkina.  Education is critical for the future of Burkina.


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May 6, 2019

Educating 10,000 Village Girls and Counting!

Today, we celebrate the end of our fundraising for the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project in northern Burkina Faso.  Association NEEED who runs this project reports that since the beginning of this project in 2000, the project has enabled 10,143 village girls from 375 villages to enter primary school, girls who otherwise would not have been able to attend school due to their parents’ inability to support their education.   With the introduction of NEEED’s Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project strategy in several more villages next year, NEEED will have responded to the requests of all interested villages in the region. 

We would like to take a (big) moment to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for what you helped us achieve.  YOUR generosity through GlobalGiving has supported the primary – secondary education of 1,550 of these girls! 

This has been a very successful project, both in terms of the academic achievements of the girls and in terms of the commitment of villagers to sustain the strategy to continue enrolling younger girls into school as they reach school age.

In addition to enrolling 10,143 village girls (daughters of subsistence farmers) to primary school, the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project has created a growing commitment among parents to the education of their daughters.  This is seen in the numbers of villages and girls participating in this project; and in parents’ commitment to continuing to use this strategy for the education of other village girls.  In cases in which first lambs received by six-year old girls were female and pregnant, these girls were able to keep a lamb and some have developed a small herd of two-six lambs over their years in school.  In keeping with traditional Burkinabe culture, in some village primary schools girls who have benefitted from this project reimburse the funds initially received from the project to allow another younger girl to enter school, using the same Lambs Support Girls’ Education strategy.

In 2018, 89.6% of girls enrolled in school by the Lambs Support Girls’ Education received their Certificat d’Etudes Primaires, (compared with 56.1% of students in the region and 61.6% of students nationally).  In 2011 when I visited several homes of girls enrolled in school through the project, a proud mother showed me where her young daughter sits on the ground and studies at night, using the lamp that she received from the project when she entered school.

With these high graduation rates from primary school, and their lambs to support them, these young girls are continuing on to middle and secondary school in very high numbers. 

 A smaller number of these girls continue on to postsecondary education, constrained only by the cost of this education and the limited availability of funds to support them.  Through the generosity of donors, since 2010 NEEED has been able to offer 220 scholarships for primary school teacher training, 59 scholarships for nursing and midwifery training and 35 for university educations (in medicine, law, science, geography, English, economics, business communication, management and accounting – all in Burkina).  Again, in Burkina tradition, one graduate has committed to using half of her first year salary to pay for a scholarship for another deserving young woman.

Our commitment to these hardworking village girls does not stop here.  Please check out https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/needed-school-lunches/ which supports a noon meal for these girls while they are attending the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie (middle/secondary school which many of these girls attend); and https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/ which supports scholarships for primary school teacher training.

Thank you for your continuing support for the education of village girls in Burkina Faso!


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Apr 29, 2019

Working Hard to Fulfill Their Dreams

Salmata - a future pilot?
Salmata - a future pilot?

Working hard to fulfill their dreams are Salmata and Kadiguetou, students at the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie (LMA).  Salmata is 16 years old and in 9th grade.  She is very grateful to be at this school because it has good teachers and good work conditions, including the canteen which allows her to have a noon meal and to study during the noon break.  Salmata has long dreamed of becoming a commercial pilot and dreams of one day working for Air Burkina or Air France.  What an educational opportunity offers a village girl from a subsistence farming family!

Kadiguetou, 18 years old, is in 11th grade.  Also from a subsistence farming family, Kadiguetou has studied at the LMA since the beginning of middle school.  Her studies are concentrating on science and she hopes to attend medical school following graduation from secondary school in two years.  She has seen first-hand people’s suffering from a lack of medical care and she looks forward to becoming a physician and caring for the health needs of her community.

Salmata and Kadiguetou are just two of the village girls attending this school who have developed confidence and pride in their abilities and a vision of what they want to do in life.  And like other students, they speak of the conditions from which they came, where they would not have a noon meal were it not for the canteen at the LMA.  Both express their sincere gratitude for the contributions of GlobalGiving donors who make this canteen possible!

Kadiguetou, a future physician?
Kadiguetou, a future physician?
 
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