We would like to make progress in organizing computing classes for young women, but unfortunately the security situation in Burkina Faso continues to deteriorate. Over the past year the communities in the Houndé area have been attacked several times. The gendarmerie of Houndé itself, where our small computer center is located, was attacked just last week. This insecurity makes it hard for FAVL and partner personnel to carry out activities. Moreover, the military government, which took power in a coup d'état in January 2022, suspended local civilian leadership, replacing it with military appointed local leadership. These leaders have little legitimacy and authority, and are unable to act as good partners. So progress has slowed. We continue to regularly reach out to local partners, both informally and in government, to try to assess when we might be able to make more progress.
In the meantime, FAVL has focused in Burkina Faso on our project to print 10,000 copies of 50 titles in our "local authors" series, many of them authoried by young women who have participated in our training activities in Houndé. These are short illustrated books for young readers, photocopied. We anticipate finishing these in September, and distributing 250 copies to each of the libraries in Tuy province, around the Houndé area.
We thank you for your continued support during these troubling times for Burkina Faso.
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