Lambs Support Village Girls' Education

by Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)
1st graders in Kouni village-built primary school
1st graders in Kouni village-built primary school

As the year comes to a close, we want to share with you, our partners, photos of some of the 300 village girls you have so generously helped to enroll in primary school in northern Burkina Faso this year.  Though of course we will not have their academic grades until the end of the school year, if last year is any indication, the vast majority of these girls (nearly 90% last year) will pass national qualifying exams to go on to middle school and high school.  And thanks to the generosity of certain of our partners, we were able to support 13 village girls going on to post secondary education this year (in teacher, nursing and midwifery training and in university education) .   

With your continuing support, Association NEEED (the local NGO that runs the project) hopes to respond to requests for the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project from the remaining 75-80 interested villages in the region over the next 3 years.  NEEED will introduce parents in these remaining villages to the importance of girls’ education and to NEEED’s low cost and sustainable strategy for ensuring an education for village girls.

 Our sincere thanks for all of your support for the education of “our” (that is collectively “our”) girls over the past year and for your continuing support in 2013.

Our very best wishes to you in the New Year!



Tenkoaglega girls with school supplies
Tenkoaglega girls with school supplies
Taonsgho girls in "1 size fits all" uniforms
Taonsgho girls in "1 size fits all" uniforms
Moutoulou village girls with teachers and parents
Moutoulou village girls with teachers and parents

Save the date: October 17 (this Wednesday)! 

On Oct 17 (that’s this Wednesday!), Global Giving will match all donations made through, up to $1,000 per donor, at 30%.  This is your opportunity to maximize your support for the education of young village girls in northern Burkina Faso. 

Our girls are on the march to educational success!  Our primary school girls did better this year on national exams than in any previous year, with 89.1% qualifying to continue on to middle school (compared with 63% of their peers region-wide).  And, with your support, we just sent 300 more 6-year old village girls, in 13 new villages, to primary school this school year.  As you know, their lambs, with their parents’ help in raising them, will support these girls for their remaining 12 years of schooling.

Generous donors have provided scholarships to post secondary girls this year, enabling seven of them to go on to university, two to attend nursing school, two to attend midwifery school and nine to attend primary school teacher training. 

According to a 2004 report by Barbara Herz and Gene Sperling, members of the Council on Foreign Relations, investing in girls’ education delivers huge returns for economic growth, political participation, women’s health, smaller and more sustainable families, and disease prevention.  It provides among the highest returns around when it comes to goals ranging from greater food security to more robust economic growth.  

Our Burkinabe village parents are embracing these realities and need only our initial support to help launch their daughters on to their educational paths!

Our sincere thank you for your continuing and generous support!

I shared with you earlier that “our” girls are amazingly hard working kids who deserve a hand up (not a handout)!  Exciting year-end news from Association NEEED about “our” girls: 89.1% of girls supported by the Lambs Support Village Girls' Education Project in Burkina Faso passed the exit exam at the end of primary school this year and qualified to go on to middle school in comparison with 63% of all primary school students in northern Burkina Faso.  This is the highest “pass rate” for our girls in the ten years since we have been getting this year-end data.  With your generous continuing commitment, we’re able to support another 300 girls this school year.

Another exciting note: thanks to two generous partners, we’ve begun offering a few post secondary scholarships to girls from rural indigent families.  This year, one of these students completed her second year of law school at the top of her class.  Others are studying medicine, midwifery and nursing, or are in primary school teacher training.  All are progressing well in their studies. 

Our heartfelt thanks for your generous support for the young girls you are enabling to enter primary school!   Your support, along with the parents’ commitment to their daughters’ educations and Association NEEED’s determination and perseverance to make girls’ education a priority in northern Burkina Faso, is producing success!   The success of this project is seen both on an individual level as well as in terms of the multiplier effect of the project as parents find ways to expand the lambs resources they now have to send younger daughters to school.

As always, I welcome your questions and comments!



To all of our partners supporting girls’ education in Burkina Faso: Mark your calendars for this Wednesday June 13 – GlobalGiving’s Partner Rewards Bonus Day for 2012!   On this day, because we are ranked as a Superstar organization with GlobalGiving, all donations made to the Lambs Support Village Girls’ Education Project in Burkina Faso will be matched at 50% by GlobalGiving.

  • GlobalGiving will match up to $1,000 per donor until matching funds run out;
  • The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • The organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000from GlobalGiving
  • We encourage you to get your donations in early that day, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible


Why is this important?  NEEED (our partner organization in Burkina Faso who runs this project) has been hugely successful in demonstrating to village parents the importance of girls’ education and their capacity to send their daughters to school using this “Lambs” support strategy.  There are over 260 villages in the region with primary schools. NEEED has intervened in over 160 of these villages and has requests from the remaining 100+ villages to help them enroll their young daughters in primary school.  They need our help only to enroll their daughters in school the first year.  The girls, their parents and their lambs will support the remaining 12 years of schooling.  Wednesday June 13 is the day to show our support!  By donating Wednesday June 13, you automatically increase your donation by 50%.  The more you donate, the more GlobalGiving will match!


Thank you for your continuing support to “our” girls.  They are amazingly hard working kids who deserve “a leg up”!  Let’s do it for them.  And let’s demonstrate to the parents in the remaining villages in the region how they can send their daughters to school!

Mande Amade & his daughter Nafisatu Surmande
Mande Amade & his daughter Nafisatu Surmande

Villagers in the Northern Region of Burkina Faso are embracing girls’ education like never before.   We must not allow the momentum of their motivation to ebb.  In all of the villages I visited in December, parents and elders came forth to express their support for the education of their daughters.  They are realizing that the girls who enter school through a modest “hand up” from this project and continued support from parents, outperform their classmates; and that some of these girls will have an opportunity to go on to nursing, midwifery, and primary teaching training or a university education with the support of another Friends of Burkina Faso project.

 In the attached photos from my visit to the project in December, both fathers and grandparents stepped forward to express their pride in their daughters, and granddaughters, as well as their determination to see that these young girls be given an opportunity to earn an education. 

To date, the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project has intervened in 161 villages in the Northern Region of Burkina Faso.   Parents and village leaders in approximately 100 additional villages in the region have requested participation in the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project.  NEEED’s goal is to cover the remaining villages (as always – one time per village) over the next 3-4 years, enabling approximately 2000 young girls to enter primary school and impressing upon parents the importance of using their lambs’ support to educate younger siblings.  With your help, Friends of Burkina Faso will enable 1000 of these girls to enter primary school. 

In order for NEEED to achieve this goal and to concretize in the minds of parents throughout the region the importance of girls’ education, Friends of Burkina Faso needs to expand our support for this project one last time.  By raising our funding goal to $120,000 we will enable NEEED to intervene with: the enrollment of young girls into primary school in the remaining villages in the region, and the demonstration to parents of what their daughters can achieve and how they can help them.

Many thanks for your past and continuing support for the education of “our” girls!

Grandparents insist on education for Alimata
Grandparents insist on education for Alimata

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