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!Attachments: