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.
Apr 16, 2014

COMING THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16

Salimata Ouedraogo, future teacher
Salimata Ouedraogo, future teacher

Calling all past, current and future partners of girls’ education in Burkina Faso.  Thanks to Microsoft, today, April 16, beginning at 12 noon EST, 9am PST, is a big bonus day on GlobalGiving.  There are two different options to help grow your donation:

  1. Donations up to $1000 will be matched 50% while funds last.
  2. For anyone who wishes to begin making recurring donations to this project, today, April 16 is the dayA new recurring donation will be matched 50% for Bonus Day, while funds last.   PLUS, Microsoft will match 100% of NEW recurring donations (with a $500 maximum) for the first 3 months if you begin the recurring donation on Wed. April 16th  (all matching begins at 12 noon EST/9am PST).

If you were thinking about donating, this is the perfect time. Just click on the project link below to get to the project page and then click on orange DONATE. Choose the recurring donation choice below orange button. 

 

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

 

Attached are photos of some of the girls that you helped to send to postsecondary training this year.  We posted a message from Salimata in March.  We will post messages from each of the other girls over the next few months

 

If you have any questions about this project or how the girls are benefitting from your support, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at smplopper@aol.com. I am happy to answer any questions you might have.

 

THANK YOU for your on-going support for the education of these girls.

Ramata Zongnaba, future teacher
Ramata Zongnaba, future teacher
Ki Viviene, future midwife
Ki Viviene, future midwife
Mar 31, 2014

We Can Go To School Now

Four School Children
Four School Children

“We Are In School Now!” -  VILLAGE OF SISENE.

Over 700 girls and boys are attending school in Sisene, more than double the number attending before the rainwater catchment basin was built!  Girls can attend school because they must no longer walk three hours a day to find water for their families.  After construction of the rainwater catchment in Sisene, gardening began being practiced on a large scale and has become permanent. Animal husbandry, fishing, development of small businesses, markets three times each week are now standard.

A new rainwater catchment basin serving 2,000 village residents costs less than $50 per person.  Providing water year round is the key to success.  Global Giving makes it easy to donate and to share, providing great benefit to the villagers of Burkina Faso. 

Self-Help Enables Villagers

During the last quarter, field visits by the GWGL team have generated information about family structure, education, health, and economic activities in villages wanting a new rainwater catchment basin.  Data was also collected on physical and institutional terrain and structures; farming methods; and GPS coordinates for using satellite imagery. Villagers spoke about their individual needs with respect to water and how hard each one is willing to work to have a new basin. 

VILLAGE OF RAMONGOKAMSI.  Over three-hundred residents of RamongoKamsi attended January meetings to seek assistance in building a new rainwater catchment basin.  Seeing the success in Sisene has them eager to start building now.  According to the President of the Community Association, RamongoKamsi had a water retention pond built by the population itself, but the dam collapsed, and for over ten years, there has been little water.  Without water year round, life is much more difficult.  The leader of the Women’s Agriculture Cooperative spoke on behalf of her group and shared: “If you help us build a basin, there will be a complete change.  There will be no out-migration and there will be many improvements.” 

An entire agriculturally based village can become healthier and economically self-sufficient through sustainable community development that a single rainwater catchment basin makes possible.  Give Water Give Life (GWGL) Project has a fine tuned product that requires each basin designed: meet local conditions; include local villagers’ leadership and participation; clay-based (to help raise the water table); emergency spillway; solar-powered irrigation system; solar-powered filtration system; satellite imagery for optimum location placement; and data collection on overall health and nutrition. 

Global Giving donors are making it possible to build another basin.  One basin costs $85,000 which is less than $50 per person served in a village.  However, we have raised $20,000 so far.  We need your suggestions on how to make the positive impacts of a rainwater catchment basin better understood.   Should we focus on raising enough money for each of the components of the basin first?  Rather than the total costs?  Please, your help is very much needed and appreciated. 

Thank You!

Natalie Kiemtore & Daughter
Natalie Kiemtore & Daughter
RamongoKamsi Land Chief "We Work Hard Together"
RamongoKamsi Land Chief "We Work Hard Together"
RamongoKamsi Mother "With Water All Is Possible"
RamongoKamsi Mother "With Water All Is Possible"
Sisene
Sisene' Nana Kuila - "The Basin Saved Our Village"
Kamsi Boys "We
Kamsi Boys "We'll Help Build To Have Water For All
Mar 3, 2014

Meet Salimata, future primary school teacher

Salimata, future primary school teacher
Salimata, future primary school teacher

Salimata is one of six young village women in northern Burkina Faso who is benefitting from a post secondary training scholarship this year thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors. Salimata is 22 years old and is from the village of Duekoue. She is in her first year of primary school teacher training. Salimata and her family were ecstatic when they learned that she had received a GlobalGiving donor-sponsored scholarship allowing her to pursue teacher training. Because her family members are indigent farmers (her father has passed away), prior to receiving her scholarship, Salimata was following the only avenue open to her: staying in a nearby town, taking a night course and trying to find work in town.

Salimata says that the most interesting aspect of her teacher training is being with young children and trying to understand them better in the context of their developmental stages and corresponding ability to learn. And the most difficult aspect of her training: the hard work required to succeed at each step of her training. She added that by being in this training, she has learned to be responsible for herself and to earn respect in life. Salimata sincerely thanks GlobalGiving donors for her scholarship.

We will continue to share with you stories of other young women whom you have enabled to pursue their dreams of a post secondary education. We are proud of all 54 young women whose post secondary educations we have supported through scholarships. 100% of them have either graduated or are currently pursuing their educations.

Mark your calendars for an upcoming opportunity: this project is a Microsoft YouthSpark project on GlobalGiving. All online donations to YouthSpark projects on GlobalGiving will be matched at 50% by Microsoft on April 16th. There will be $100,000 in matching funds (so donate early).   There will be a bonus prize of $10,000 for the project with the most unique donors!

Our sincere thanks for your continued support!

 
   

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