Needed: School Lunches

by Burkina Faso Girls' Education Fund
Needed: School Lunches


The project pays for a noon meal for village girls who attend the Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie (a middle/secondary school). Their parents, who are subsistence farmers, cannot afford their schooling. Girls walk 6 km to and from school each day and have no other source of food during the day. These girls score outstandingly well on national exams compared to their peers throughout Burkina.

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271 village girls attend the Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie (LMA, a combined middle/secondary school) this year. A noon meal is essential to their learning, particularly since most girls have little or no breakfast and walk 6 km in the heat to and from school. On average, 80% of LMA students pass national exams (versus 37% of students nation wide). The combination of learning conditions (including a NOON MEAL, high academic standards and committed teachers and students) are crucial to this success.


Three local women prepare a common noon meal of rice and sauce, beans and sauce or pasta and sauce for the students at a cost of $.46/student/day. This enhances the students' capacity to learn and succeed in their education by ensuring they receive food during the day. Students also appreciate being able to stay on campus during the midday break to study and prepare their classwork.

Long-Term Impact

The learning conditions (including a NOON MEAL) at the Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie are essential to the capacity of village girls to succeed in their studies and qualify for further education and training. Education is one of the most important means of empowering village women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process; and of enabling them to contribute to the future of the next generation of children.

Organization Information

Burkina Faso Girls' Education Fund

Location: Chester, California - USA
Project Leader:
Suzanne Plopper
Chester, California United States
$3,747 raised of $48,000 goal
104 donations
$44,253 to go
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