Thanks to all of your generous donations over the past seven years, we have reached our funding goal of $120,000 for the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project. This enables Friends of Burkina Faso to meet our commitment to our Burkinabe partner, Association NEEED, to respond to requests from a final 30 villages in northern Burkina Faso who have expressed interest in "jumpstarting" the education of young girls in their communities.
On this occasion, I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for being our partners in giving these girls the opportunity to embark on their educational journeys, and for supporting the “lambs” strategy which will enable the girls’ families to continue to pay for the education of younger daughters. I want to share with you as well Association NEEED’s expression of appreciation for your support:
Dear partners of GlobalGiving,
First and foremost, I would like to wish you a very good and happy 2014.
It has been 17 years since Association NEEED began the project Lambs Support Girls’ Education for village girls in northern Burkina Faso. Friends of Burkina Faso began supporting this initiative in 2002 and GlobalGiving became a partner in 2007. Thanks to the support of Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving, more than 3000 girls have been able to enroll in 178 village primary schools. The success rate of these girls (girls passing the national exit exam at the end of primary school), has been between 84%-91% (compared with 61%-68% of all primary school students in the region) over the years. The success of these girls has been a great source of satisfaction for their teachers and parents, and for the Ministry of Education. Association NEEED wishes to express our very deep appreciation and sincere thank you to Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving partners for your support of this program.
The education of girls in Burkina Faso is still in its infancy despite the many efforts of NEEED and our partners. We will continue to work with the villages where we have previously supported girls’ education to encourage parents to continue using the “lambs” strategy to support the education of their primary school-age daughters.
In this century of world-wide interconnectedness, the education and training of children is essential to their ability to contribute effectively to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, and for their engagement in the long-term socio-economic development of their communities and our nation.
It is for this reason that Association NEEED and our partners have initiated a scholarship program for the professional training of young village women who have successfully completed secondary school. Scholarships are offered each year for teacher, midwifery and nursing training. The success rate of this project is 100%. One hundred percent of the 54 girls whose scholarships Friends of Burkina Faso has sponsored during the past four years have either graduated from their training and are employed or are successfully proceeding through their training.
In view of the success of these girls, Association NEEED would like to obtain your support in order to provide, each year, 40 scholarships for the professional training of girls from rural indigent families who are anxious to enter careers in teaching, nursing and midwifery. With your support, these girls have the possibility of becoming independent, of contributing to the welfare and education of the next generation, as well as being able to support future generations of girls facing similar challenges.
Project Coordinator, Association NEEED
To support the continuing education and training of these bright young women, please go to www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso.
Many thanks, and our best wishes to you in the New Year.