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.
Feb 24, 2015

A DOUBLE BENEFIT

Six of our 2014 scholarship recipients
Six of our 2014 scholarship recipients

A Double Benefit

 

Thanks to your generous support, these six young women (Haoua, Pascaline, Maimounata, Liliane, Hawa and Marietou) are in their first year of training at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso.  These serious and spirited young women are committed to their future careers as primary school teachers.   Upon completion of their two-year training, they will be assigned to village primary schools in their region, enabling the government to extend primary school education to additional villages: both an individual and a societal benefit of their educations.   

As these young women successfully approach the end of their first semester of training, they talk of their strong desire to “share their knowledge with children and help them in their education”.  As Hawa said, “Contributing to the education of young children is an immense joy for me”.  Haoua added that she plans to work with village parents, many of whom are illiterate, to encourage them to send their daughters as well as their sons to school, saying she will help parents with school costs when necessary and possible.   All of these future teachers have expressed great appreciation for the opportunity given them to achieve professional teacher training and have emphasized the importance of encouraging parents to enroll their children in primary school.

As young women supported by this project come from indigent farming families, their scholarships are the thread that enables them to gain access to teacher training.  Your support of young women like Haoua, Pascaline, Maimounata, Liliane, Hawa and Marietou enables them to reach their dream of becoming primary school teachers and enables the government to expand educational opportunities to a growing number of village primary schools.

We are most grateful for your support for primary school teacher training scholarships for all 14 young women this year.  Together, we hope to raise this number to 20 next school year.  As always, we welcome your questions and comments about any aspect of this project. (You can contact me at smplopper@aol.com).  And we invite you to share your knowledge and support for these young women with friends, family and colleagues.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Dec 15, 2014

"This Is Innovation! This Is Exactly What We Need!

School boy in his new garden in Sisene
School boy in his new garden in Sisene

The Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)/ Give Water Give Life (GWGL) Program - Rainwater Catchments: A Solution To Water Scarcity continues to advance its leadership role to increase the supply of water in the African Sahel.  Support from Global Giving donors enables our FBF/GWGL Project using the latest technology to make it possible for rural villagers to have a continuous supply of water effectuating economic development.

GWGL is pleased to announce formation of a partnership with WA-WASH, a non-profit organization affiliated with Florida International University, currently funded by USAID, and based in Ouagadougou.  WA-WASH provides villages services in water pumps, sanitation and hygiene - all benefits complementary to GWGL's program.  Give Water Give Life has our first employee, a Burkinabe engineer, as our Program Coordinator in Burkina Faso, and we are renting office space in the WA-WASH headquarters.  In addition, a team of local engineers has been organized to assist with the creation of  SaRP - a Sahel-led Resilient Prototype of village rainwater catchment basin.

Two tasks are underway.  The first priority for the use of accumulated GlobalGiving funds is to repair the basin built by GWGL in 2008 in the village of Sisene.  In 2012, a portion of this basin collapsed at one end due to strong storms.  The basin should have had an emergency spillway, known as a weir, that would have controlled water flow during heavy rains. Sisene residents tried to patch the breach in 2013, but they were not successul.  Currently, Burkina engineers are developing a plan to construct the weir and repair the damaged basin.  After obtaining estimates from several contractors, one will be chosen to implement construction.  Villagers participate directly in the selection process and the work.  Work is to be completed before the next rainy season, which wil begin in June 2015.

Second is the design of the prototype village rainwater catchment basin (SaRP). The prototype includes in its design: a weir (emergency spillway); use of satellite imagery technology to determine the most appropriate field location of the basin; technology to maximize water yse; deternination of the correct porosity needed to help restore the water aquifer; an irrigation system; a water filtration system; and a solar/wind system to generate power.  Applied research methods and alternative engineering and agricultural technologies are being analyzed to determine the best design of the "prototype" village rainwater catchment basin.  Both the rain collection basin in Sisene and the concrete bouli (pond) in the village of Djonga are included in the study.  Partners in the design process include the villagers; local engineers; representatives from the National Institute of Agricultural Research in Burkina Faso (INERA); the Burkina Faso Departments of Agriculture and Water; private solar engineering and water irrigation companies; university graduate students; and individuals. GWGL is convinced that collaboration among our partners is key to the creation of high impact solutions..

In October, a GWGL team member spoke about SaRP village rainwater catchment basins with technology at the UN Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa held in Marrakesh, Morocco.  Many attendees from other African countries expressed interest in village rainwater catchment basins for their own villages.  There is strong interest in the Give Water Give Life program due to the positive effects it has to improve the availability of water.  Researchers and practitioners at the Conference also affirmed the need to have contributions of villagers in the program.  Pressure to advance development of the prototype village rainwater catchment basin is building.

During visits with the INERA representatives and the village farmers in the village of Djonga, located in the northern desert area of Dori, we had extensive discussions about the appropriate design of the prototype basin.  The assistant director and water engineer with INERA enthusiasticaly stated:  "This is INNOVATION!  The technology you can bring us is innovation! We can now create rainwater catchment basins that will not only hold water year-round, but that are resilient and can be sustained by the villagers themselves.  I am working now for over 30 years as a water engineer in rural villages in Burkina and I know that this is exactly what we need!"

Thank you so much GlobalGiving partners!  Your support is critically important.

GWGL Burkina Faso Team Members
GWGL Burkina Faso Team Members
Sisene brothers on repair that is insufficient
Sisene brothers on repair that is insufficient
Gardener in village of Djonga
Gardener in village of Djonga
INERA PhD and Farmer in desert village
INERA PhD and Farmer in desert village
Sisene Elder so appreciative of water support
Sisene Elder so appreciative of water support
Dec 1, 2014

Ready, Set, Go: Matching Funds TOMORROW

Edith, Primary School Teacher Trainee
Edith, Primary School Teacher Trainee

 

“No society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered”.  Melinda Gates (Gates Foundation).

Melinda Gates echoes the reason we provide scholarships to qualified young women in northern Burkina Faso for postsecondary education and training.

Edith and Mamounata are two of 14 outstanding young women in northern Burkina Faso who will not be held back in their desire to create better lives for themselves, their families, their community and their country. Thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving donors, these two young women, profiled at the bottom of this email, are among this year’s recipients of scholarships and are enrolled in primary school teacher training.  Both young women thank GlobalGiving donors for their scholarships and they promise to succeed in their studies and make you proud of their success.

At the Friends of Burkina Faso, we also thank you for your support of this year’s teacher trainees! And we ask you to consider supporting more young Burkinabe women’s career aspirations by participating in GlobalGiving’s bonus day tomorrow, December 2.

Bonus Day Details:  Tomorrow, December 2, is #GivingTuesday on GlobalGivingOn this day, Microsoft will offer 100% matching funds on donations of up to $500 per donor to our project, Postsecondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso, while funds last.There is $350,000 USD available to the organizations that best mobilize their donor communities. 

Make a generous donation tomorrow and double your investment in girls’ education in northern Burkina Faso!

Competition among GlobalGiving eligible projects will be high for these generous matching funds.  In past competitions, the matching funds have been claimed within the first 10 minutes after release.  So timely action is required if we are to succeed!

Mark your calendar for tomorrow, December 2, and the timeframes below so that you can make your generous donation as soon as the clock strikes these hours!   

  •  $175,000 USD will be released at 9:00 AM (EST) / 6:00AM (PST)
  •  $175,000 USD will be released at 3:00 PM (EST) / 12:00 PM (PST)

 Please note that only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching funds on GlobalGiving.org. 

To donate on December 2, go to:

 http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso  

 

In addition to the matching of your donations, there will be bonus prizes available for scholarships if we secure the most donors and/or are one of the top fundraisers for the day--so please be generous AND encourage your family and friends to do the same.

 On behalf of this year’s scholarship recipients, thank you for your continued support!

 The fundraising team at the Friends of Burkina Faso

A word about Edith and Mamounata:

Edith, from the small village of Boulma, has eight siblings and a daughter of her own.  Her parents are subsistence farmers.  Edith is excited about becoming a teacher because it will give her the opportunity to educate the men and women of tomorrow and thereby contribute to the development of her country.   As a future teacher, she also looks forward to encouraging mothers to support their daughters’ education and emphasizes the importance of women being able to take care of their personal and family needs.  Edith sees herself as a model student and a young woman capable of taking care of her family.   Edith is committed to encouraging the education of all children so that they can become the leaders of tomorrow. 

Mamounata, from the village of Seguenega, has a brother and a sister who are both subsistent farmers as is her mother.  Her father is deceased.  Mamounata is committed to the education of children wherever the government may place her.  She hopes to encourage mothers to help out at school and to be advocates for the education of all children.

Mamounata, Primary School Teacher Trainee
Mamounata, Primary School Teacher Trainee
 
   

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