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Apr 3, 2018

Students Express Much Gratitude for Your Support

Risnata
Risnata

Ever wonder what a $1,540 teacher training scholarship means to a young village woman in northern Burkina Faso?  The students (12 this year) who receive the scholarships to which you generously contribute are carefully selected based on their academic ability, their expressed commitment to teaching AND on their need for financial assistance in order to enroll in primary school teacher training.  

Three first-year students wish to express their deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving donors for their scholarships which have given them the opportunity to train as primary school teachers.

Risnata.  I am a 21 year old 1st-year student at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training in Ouahigouya (northern Burkina Faso).  I am an orphan: I lost both of my parents.  It is with much emotion and a heart full of joy that I write to you to say Thank You for your invaluable support.  Your assistance will help me to become the responsible person I want to become at the end of my training.  The training is going well and I am very proud to be able to benefit from it.  A huge Thank You for your support.

Zalissa.  I am 20 years old, single, and in my first year at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training in Ouahigouya.  Sincerely, I am very very happy to have your support.  This year’s training focuses on theory (including general principles of pedagogy and their specific application to teaching all primary school subjects; and professional ethics).  I will spend next year practice teaching in the classroom.  Honestly, it is thanks to your support that I am in this training program and will be a teacher, and a responsible woman, at the end of my training.

Hadjaratou.  I am 22 years old and I have a two-year old child.  I am in my first year of training at the National School for Primary School Teacher Training. I am very grateful to Association NEEED and its partners (including Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving donors) for the support I have received, allowing me to train to become a primary school teacher.  Without that, I would not have been able to have this training.  Thanks to your support, I hope to become a model teacher.  Thank you!

On behalf of these young women and their fellow trainees whose education you are supporting, thank you for your past and continuing support!

Zalissa
Zalissa
Hadjaratou
Hadjaratou
Mar 5, 2018

Success Breeds Success in Girls' Education in Burkina Faso

Lambs Support Girls' Education students 2017
Lambs Support Girls' Education students 2017

.  Since 2007, GlobalGiving donors have generously supported the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project in northern Burkina Faso.  4,386 6-year old girls from 204 villages have entered primary school, thanks to the support of donors who invested in these village girls’ education. Villagers in this region are subsistence farmers who are unable to send their daughters to school.   At a one-time cost of $80 per girl, donations support the purchase of a T-shirt and skirt, basic school materials, a lamp to facilitate studying at night, and a lamb which the parents are responsible for raising.  Each year thereafter, parents sell their daughter’s lamb, purchase and raise a new one and use the profit for the purchase of their daughters’ school materials for the new school year.  Through this self-help sustainable strategy, the initial $80 investment sends a girl through 13 years of primary – secondary school.

These girls have done amazingly well in school.   84% of girls enrolled in primary school through the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project have passed national exit exams at the end of primary school, qualifying them to continue on to middle school, compared with 64% of their peers throughout the northern region.  These girls have continued to excel far beyond their peers in middle and secondary school and a number of them have qualified for scholarships for postsecondary education/training.  All it took was an initial investment of $80 and the girls and their parents took it from there.

By 2016, the project had responded to nearly all of the then-interested villages in the region and therefore ceased fundraising for it.  HOWEVER, beyond the academic success of the girls who have entered village primary school thanks to your GlobalGiving support, the project has been instrumental in causing a sea change in the attitudes of villagers who had not previously taken girls’ education seriously.  More villages have built local primary schools out of local materials (see photo).  In the past six months, Association NEEED, the local NGO that initiated and manages this project, has received requests for assistance from 14 new villages to enable the enrollment of an additional 200 girls into primary school next year with the assistance of the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project.

Such a simple concept and such a successful girls’ education endeavor!   Please help support village girls’ education in northern Burkina Faso! 

For further information, contact me at smplopper@aol.com. 

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

Village-built primary school
Village-built primary school
Jan 17, 2018

Zoenabou expresses her gratitude for your support

Zoenabou
Zoenabou

Zoenabou is an extraordinary young woman who is in her final year at the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie, emphasizing literature and philosophy in her studies.  She tells her story:  I was born in Ivory Coast.  My father was from Burkina and had gone to Ivory Coast at a very young age to work in the cocoa plantations.   My mother was from Ivory Coast.  Neither had any formal education.  I had two brothers.  We lived in a migrant camp that had no school. 

During the civil war in Ivory Coast in 2004, the migrant camp where my family lived was destroyed.  Hundreds of people were killed, including my parents and brothers.  As Burkinabe survivors of the massacre organized to return to Burkina, a woman recognized me and had known my parents.  She accompanied me to my father’s village in northern Burkina.  My aunt, who had lost her husband, took me in and thanks to the little she earned from selling her crops, and to the understanding of the local primary school director, at ten years old I was able to enroll in primary school. 

Throughout my school years, I have been the oldest student in my class for which have been teased and ridiculed. 

Today, I am in my final year of secondary school.  For the past three years, I have benefitted from the school canteen which you all support.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  The canteen is what has given me the ability and strength to pursue my studies.  Without it, I would have abandoned school a long time ago.  The school canteen is in a way a motivation to succeed.   Following secondary school, I hope to become a midwife and to help women in all aspects of maternal and child health.

For all of the girls like Zoenabou who have no one else to turn to, a simple noon meal of rice, spaghetti or beans enables them to concentrate so that they can succeed in their studies.

Your past, and continuing, support for the school canteen at the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie is greatly appreciated.

 
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