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