The project pays for a noon meal for village girls who attend a middle/secondary school and whose parents cannot afford their schooling. Girls walk 6 km to and from school and have no other source of food during the day. These girls score outstandingly well compared to their peers throughout Burkina on national exams.
For the 2015-16 school year, Friends of Burkina Faso will support noon meals for 685 students of the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie, at a cost of $.45/day/student. A noon meal is essential to students' learning, particularly as many have little or no breakfast and walk 6 km in the heat to and from school. In the 2013-14 school year, the noon meal contributed to an impressive 83% of students completing coursework successfully.
Three local women prepare a common noon meal of "sagabo" (millet paste), rice, or beans and sauce for the students, enhancing students capacity to learn and succeed in their education.
Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process. Access to food will increase students' ability to succeed in their studies.