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Aug 12, 2019

Safietou and Aoua Are Grateful to be in Training


To our GlobalGiving partners,

The school year has ended in Burkina Faso and students’ academic results have been posted.  Once again, the young women whose training scholarships you have generously supported this year have all passed their exams and are looking forward to their second year of training.  Two of these students wish to share with you their appreciation for your support, enabling them to receive this training.

My name is Aoua.  It is with a heart full of joy that I write you this small note.  I send you my most sincere greetings.  Last year, I received one of your scholarships for primary school teacher training.  I have just completed my first year and have been admitted to my second year of training.  I am very appreciative for all that you have done for me and for the other girls.  Truly, without this scholarship, I don’t know what I would have done in life.  I would like to ask that you continue to support our scholarships because there are many other girls who are in difficult situations like mine and who need your support so that they may receive this training.  Once again, thank you, thank you, and thank you again. 

Dear GlobalGiving partners of Association NEEED.  My name is Safietou.  I am 20 years old.  I have just completed my first year of training in the Ecole Nationale des Enseignants du Primaires (national school for training primary school teachers) in Ouahigouya.  It is thanks to your support that I have been able to benefit from this scholarship for primary school teacher training.  This has allowed me to realize my dearest dream: to become a teacher.  With all my heart, I thank you very much.  I would like to encourage your continuing support for the training of the next generations of teachers.  Thank you and God bless you.

As we approach the upcoming school year, there are many (young women) candidates in northern Burkina Faso who are qualified to enter the national school for training primary school teachers but who have no resources to pay their fees nor to sustain themselves during their two years of training (at a total cost of $1,540).  Our goal is to provide scholarships to 15 of these young rural women this upcoming school year.   We ask for your generous support to make this happen. 

Many thanks!!

Aug 5, 2019

Aramatou Hopes to Become a Doctor

Aramatou aspires to become a doctor
Aramatou aspires to become a doctor

The school year has ended and as always, a larger percentage of students of the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie (LMA) have passed their year-end exams than is true for their colleagues in the region and nationally.  Association NEEED, the LMA, and especially the students have much to be proud of. 

One of the students is Aramatou.  She tells her story: I was born in Ouahigouya (near where the middle/secondary school is located).  I  spent my early years in Ivory Coast where my parents found work.  When the war began in Ivory Coast in 2002, my father died, my mother was pregnant and we returned to Burkina.  Following the birth of my younger brother, my mother left us with an uncle and she returned to Ivory Coast.

I have been a student at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (combined middle/secondary school for girls) for four years.  The lycee is nine kilometers from my village.  Fortunately for me and for other students of the lycee, we are able to stay at school and have something to eat over the midday break, and to study our lessons.  

I have two more years of secondary school to complete, after which I hope to study medicine and help to treat people who are sick, especially those with malaria which has many victims every year.

My sincere thanks to everyone who has sacrificed to support our school canteen.

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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