Noon Meal Improves Girls' Learning in Burkina Faso

by Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)
Jan 26, 2011

Students' commitment to the noon meal

Serving bowls of beans
Serving bowls of beans

The cantine at the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie is operated by by 4 cooks and  provides a hot lunch (of beans, rice or pasta) to 750 students daily when school is in session.  In order to economize and to instill a sense of responsibility in the students, students are required to serve all of the lunches and and to maintain a clean dining area.   Due to the large number of students and the size of the cantine, students must take their lunches in two sittings both inside and outside the dining room.  Students rotate as servers for their assigned tables of 12.  

Photo 1: serving bowls of beans just out of the kitchen. 

Photo 2: a student picks up the serving bowl for her table.

Following each sitting, students clean the tables and sweep the floor.  Once a week, students wash down the entire dining area floor.

The cantine is necessary not only because of the distance between the school and the town where the vast majority of students reside, but also because of the extreme poverty of the students’ parents and the living conditions of some students.  Some students’ lodging consists of a mat to sleep on and they must find their own food to eat.   Providing them lunch at school reduces distances they must walk, ensures them at least one meal a day, and enables them to study before afternoon classes resume.  Most girls entered school initially with the assistance of the Lambs for School Project (GlobalGiving project #1818).  However, the sale of their lambs each year covers their school clothes and materials and is not sufficient to cover the cost of school lunches.

Photo 3: Ouedraogo Suzanne: "I live 11 km from school and the cantine allows me to eat, to rest and to study my lessons before classes resume in the afternoon."

Photo 4: Sarambe Karidiata: "Without the cantine, I would be obliged to pass the entire day with nothing to eat."

The noon meal which you so generously support is essential to the phenomenal success of these students.

A student takes a serving bowl from the kitchen
A student takes a serving bowl from the kitchen
Ouedraogo Suzanne
Ouedraogo Suzanne
Sarambe Karidiata
Sarambe Karidiata
  • Debra Hansen
    Debra Hansen Your reports are delightful and gratifying. Blessings on this work.
    • 6 years ago
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  • smplopper
    smplopper Thank you Debra. What is really gratifying to me is how serious the girls are in making the very best use of the opportunities given them for an education. They are impressive!
    • 6 years ago
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  • Miriam E
    Miriam E Thanks for this GREAT update and photos; it really brings your project alive! Best wishes for your future success and prosperity! This is such a worthwhile project!
    • 6 years ago
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Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)

Location: Chester, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Suzanne Plopper
Project Manager, Girls' Education Project
Chester, CA United States

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