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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 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 which supports scholarships for primary school teacher training.

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

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?
Feb 12, 2019

Zoenabou & Safieta: Future Primary School Teachers


Hello Global Giving friends.  This is Zoenabou, from l’Ecole Nationale des Enseignants du Primaires (ENEP) in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso.  Thanks to your generous support, I am in my first year of primary school teacher training.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to receive this training.  Following an unwanted pregnancy four years ago, I was obliged to leave home and to go live with other relatives.  Life has not be easy for my child and me.  When I heard of the possibility of a teacher training scholarship from Assn NEEED, I had to ask a neighbor for money in order to complete my application. 

My commitment to teaching children is strong.  The development of my country is only possible through the education of its youth, both boys and girls.  To everyone who supports Assn NEEED with these scholarships, I am so thankful to have been given this chance to contribute to the education of the next generation of children in Burkina Faso.


And for myself, Safieta, I am also a first year student at the National Training School for Primary School Teachers.  I finished my secondary education with an emphasis in science.  My parents are indigent and unable to help me pursue my studies.  With the scholarship I received from Assn NEEED, following the completion of two years of training, I will earn a Certificat Elémentaire d’Aptitude Pédagogique (a diploma in primary school teaching).  I adore this profession as it will allow me to be in permanent contact with children.  As well, it will enable me to support myself and to take care of my family.


On behalf of these young women and all of the eight women who received teacher training scholarships this year thanks to donations you have made to enable them to become teachers, our heartfelt thank you !  It takes a village to give them this opportunity and you are part of that big and wonderful village.

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