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.
Oct 16, 2008

Update from the Lambs for School project

We have 50 girls in our project who are benefiting from the Lambs For School Project in the village of Toessin and are going to school. As one parent says, "The association of parents of students of the primary school of Toessin thank NEEED and its partners for their support of our daughters through the Lambs For School Project. We are very happy."

Another mother says that she is thankful for the work/support which has been provided here at the primary school of Toessin.

Ouedraogo Rissanata, a student in our project is happy to be at the program and sends her thanks for your support.

Thank you for supporting these girls and their families.

Oct 16, 2008

An update from Burkina Faso

We would like to share a quick update from Burkina Faso.

NEEED is very proud of our cafeteria and wishes to thank GlobalGiving and Friends of Burkina Faso for all of their support which has made it possible to serve a noon meal to the students of this middle school.

During the school day, three women prepare the noon meal for 400 students, using bottled gas in order to not consume wood. The large cooking pots are then placed near the dining area so students can be served.

We have a well that provides us with drinking water for the students and currently everyone is on vacation.

Thanks for your support.

Jul 17, 2008

Year-end school results

I am very happy to report that 81% of middle school girls passed national exams in May, qualifying them to go on to the next class. Their achievement levels continue to rise: in '05-'06, 71% passed these exams; and in '06-'07, 77% passed. Next year, the first class to attend the girls' middle school will take year-end exams to determine their eligibility for senior high school. With students' hard work, in an adequate learning environment (with committed teachers, 50-student class sizes AND a daily noon meal), we hope that 100% of the girls will qualify for senior high school. (This year, by contrast, 37% of middle school students from all public middle schools in the region passed qualifying exams to go on to senior high school.) We anticipate an enrollment of 500 students in middle school next year, an increase of 100 over last year. The cost of the school lunch program will rise to approximately $17,000. Currently, we have $8,000. We need to raise $9,000 in order to ensure the continuation of this essential element in the students’ success.

Our sincere thank you for your past, and continued, support for school lunches for the middle school girls. These basic lunches of rice and sauce (costing approximately $.31 per day per girl) contribute greatly to their ability to concentrate in school.

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