For the 2008-09 school year, Friends of Burkina Faso will support noon meals for about 500 students of the College Modern de l'Amitie, at a cost of $.40/day/student. A noon meal is essential to students' learning, particularly as they have little or no breakfast and walk 6 km in the heat to and from school. In the 2007-08 school year, the noon meal contributed to an impressive 81% of students completing coursework successfully.
Three local women prepare a common noon meal of rice and sauce for the students, enhancing students capacity to learn and succeed in their education.
Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process. Access to food will increase students' ability to succeed in their studies