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Aug 7, 2018

Mamounata and Alima 8 Years Later

Mamounata
Mamounata

Mamounata and Alima are two village girls who entered primary school in 2010 thanks to the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project.   Following six years of primary school, both will enter their third year of middle school this fall.

Both girls are already successful entrepreneurs. As happens occasionally, the lambs they received from this project when they entered primary school turned out to be pregnant.  In keeping with the project’s strategy – parents raising and selling their daughter’s lamb at the end of each school year in order to pay for her school fees and materials for the next year while buying a younger lamb to raise and sell the following year – the girls were able to keep the younger generation lamb.  Mamounata now has nine sheep and Alima seven.  The sale of their lambs/sheep have continued to pay for their school fees and materials and one set of clothes each year.  It has also enabled them to pay for their lunches and library fees at school and allowed them to get bicycles which are necessary for them to get from their villages to their middle schools.  Mamounata adds that, along with progressing well with her studies, she has started raising chickens as a small side business.  Alima’s goal is to become a primary school teacher.  Mamounata and Alima express their deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving donors for having given them the opportunity for an education.

This year, 89.6% of village girls enrolled in primary school with the support of this project passed their year-end national exams compared with 61.6% of students nationally.  As the beginning of the new school year approaches, we hope to enable another 75 young girls from five villages to begin their educational journey with the help of a lamb to support their remaining 12 years of primary – secondary school.  An initial $80/girl is all it takes.  We ask for your help in giving these bright young girls the only opportunity they will have to embark on their educations.  They and their indigent parents will take it from there.

Thank you!

Alima
Alima
Jul 17, 2018

Five Superstars

Fanta, Ruth, Aida, Fadilatou and Leontine
Fanta, Ruth, Aida, Fadilatou and Leontine

“Education is the basic human right of every girl.  Once you educate girls, you change the whole community, you change the whole society.”  Malala Yousfzai, 2017 UN Messenger of Peace.

 

The right learning environment - committed teachers and a modest noon meal - contributes to academic success among bright village girls in Burkina Faso! 

 

Thanks to your support for a noon meal at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (LMA, the combined middle/secondary school or girls in northern Burkina Faso), 72.5% of middle school students have passed national year-end exams, qualifying them to go on to secondary school, compared with 43.9% of middle school students region-wide. 

 

The top grades in the entire region were earned by the five girls in this photo.  The top student was Ruth (second from the left), who scored 100% in math and hopes to study engineering at the university.  Close behind was Aida (third from the left) who hopes to become a physician and serve the country’s health needs.   Both young women credit the quality of instruction they received, along with a noon meal, as motivating and enabling them to work hard. 

 

These are the faces of future women leaders in Burkina Faso.  Your support for modest lunches (rice, beans and spaghetti – the main meal of the day for most of the students) gives these girls the energy and encouragement to work hard through the heat of the day.

 

As the fall semester approaches, we want to ensure that the village girls attending this school have the basic conditions necessary to succeed.  Your support for noon meals is crucial and very much appreciated!

Jul 13, 2018

Emma Marie Rose, Zalissa and Felicite

Emma Marie Rose
Emma Marie Rose

 "There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls". Kofi Annon, former U.N. Secretary General

The school year is coming to a close in Burkina Faso and Assn. NEEED informs us that of the 12 young women supported by Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving this year, 10 have successfully completed their first year of training.  (The second year students will do practice teaching for another month.)  One student will repeat her first year due to a long illness, and one student failed in her studies.

The following three students wish to share with you their stories and their gratitude for your generous support:

Emma Marie Rose.  My parents are subsistence farmers.  When I told them that I received a scholarship from Assn NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso to be trained as a primary school teacher, my father killed a chicken and my mother prepared rice to celebrate this news.  My training went very well this year.  I am very grateful for your support and I wish to encourage you in your support of the education of young women like me whose only hope for such training is through the generosity of your donors!

Zalissa.   My father has four wives and 21 children.  In a poor and polygamous family like mine, it is very difficult to contemplate access to any education.  Thanks to Assn NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso, I am in my first year of primary school teacher training.   I thank you very much for what you have allowed me to become today and for what I will become tomorrow.

Felicite.  I am in my first year of training to be a primary school teacher.  I am one of five children in my family.  When my older sister was 13 and in 8th grade, she got pregnant.  She was forced to leave home, and school, to live with the father of her child.  Due to my family’s poverty, I also had to leave school.  Fortunately, I received a scholarship from Assn. NEEED.  My family is counting on me to pay for the schooling of my three younger siblings.  I promise you that I will work hard and merit the confidence you have placed in me.

On behalf of all of the young Burkinabe women whose educations you have supported, I want to add my deepest gratitude for your giving them this opportunity.  Not only are they, with rare exceptions, achieving their goals but they are also setting an outstanding example for their younger peers, and their parents, for what they can achieve.  Thank you for your past and continued support!

Zalissa
Zalissa
Felicite
Felicite
 
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