This project was started to answer an emergency, linked with COVID 19.
Many other organisations had the same need. Funding for masks was therefore very competitive.
We have gathered only a few donations which we have used to provide masks to about 150 women. This is far from our goal of 10.000.
Since we have been able to gather funds in Europe for this type of project we realise that our US network might not be the best for this type of emergency project.
It is difficult to measure the results of such project since the in Burkina even so it is mandatory to wear one, most people do not do wear them. Also the contamination seems to be much lower in Africa than in Europe or in the USA. People here do not feel the danger of something which they cannot see.
Thank you for your donations and hope than you will keep supporting one of our other projects on GlobalGiving Platform.
For example project 46029 (help children to attend nursery school)
Masks are an essential part of the protection against COVID 19.
In Burkina Faso masks are mandatory since May, unfortunatly there is no real enforcement of this rule. People keep going around specially onvery busy markets without masks.
Test availability for coronavirus is really limited and information coming from the government about number of casis not really reliable.
In the rural area, distancing, hand washing and masks are rules which are even less followed. Distancing is not easy in a place where social contact is very important specially at funerals. Hand washing needs soap which is not always available. Masks have a costs which the villagers cannot afford.
It is the period in the villages in Burkina Faso when the food (from last year harvest) is getting very low until the harvest of this year not coming before september for aome of teh crops. A difficult time.
We cannot change the way people live, but we can help them to stay healthy by providing them with masks and by doing awareness meeting about the need to wear them.
Thank you for your donation, but we need more in order to achieve our goal of 10.000 masks.
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