Needed: School Lunches!

by Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)
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Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Needed: School Lunches!
Bienvenue aspires to become a judge
Bienvenue aspires to become a judge

Bienvenue is in her final year of secondary school at the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie (LMA).  Coming from a family of 10 children, Bienvenue feels extremely fortunate to be able to pursue her education at the LMA.  She takes her studies very seriously and hopes to become a judge one day.  She is particularly concerned about the rights of widows and orphans in Burkina; and she dreams about how she can contribute effectively to the development of her country Burkina Faso.

Says Bienvenue, “The school canteen has played a very important role in my academic success to date.  While in school, I live with an aunt and cousins 3 kilometers from the school and the distance and heat would make it impossible for me to go home for lunch.  Following lunch at the school canteen, I sit under a tree and study for my next classes.  I am extremely grateful to have such a canteen at my school.  Your support for the canteen contributes to the capacity of the LMA to graduate young women who will contribute to the development of our great nation.”        

As this school year comes to a close, students like Bienvenue prepare for national exit exams.  This is particularly important for students in their final year of secondary school as the results of their exams determine whether or not they will qualify to continue on with their educations.  We wish Bienvenue and her fellow classmates all the best at this important moment.

We thank you for your continuing support for these very deserving and hardworking young women!

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Abseta appreciates the school canteen
Abseta appreciates the school canteen

My name is Abseta.  I am 15 years old and I am in my last year of middle school at the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie.  I am studying for the very important end-of-middle-school exam which will determine whether I can continue on to secondary school. 

Every noon hour, I stay on campus and I benefit from the canteen along with my classmates.  After lunch, we re-group in the shade to study our lessons or do group work.  The school canteen plays an important role in our success because it allows us to stay on campus to eat and study rather than to go the 3 kms to where we live, never knowing whether or not we will find something to eat there at noon.

Following my education, I hope to work in child protection or environmental protection. 

I thank you for your very kind support for us and our education.

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Gisele: a grateful student and future physician
Gisele: a grateful student and future physician

Greetings.  My name is Gisele.  I am 15 years old and a student at the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie.  I have just competed middle school near the top of my class.  I credit my success to the excellent conditions at this school.  Of particular note is the noon meal at the canteen which I not only need in order to get through the day but which also enables me to use my time to study.  I take this opportunity to thank Global NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso for this!!  I will do everything to be among the best students in secondary school.   I look forward to earning my diploma and being able to enroll in medical school at the university.  My ambition, as a physician, is to be able to treat the many people in my country who suffer from illnesses as the number of physicians in my country is insufficient.

A huge Thank You to all of our donors for supporting, through this project, the educations of such hardworking, deserving and grateful young women!

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Bienvenue
Bienvenue

As in much of the world, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the education system in Burkina Faso.   Schools, including the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (LMA) where your donations support noon meals for girls from indigent families, closed throughout Burkina in mid-March due to fears of the spread of the virus.  Today, Assn NEEED reports that, given that cases of the virus appear to have leveled off, the Ministry of Education plans to cautiously re-open the schools, adopting a calendar which will enable children needing to take exit exams (at the end of primary, middle and secondary school) to do so in July, and all other children to complete their school year in August; and to enable the next school year to begin in October.  (The government of Burkina Faso has closed its borders and made a serious effort with public service announcements to educate the population regarding the virus and recommended preventive measures.)

Three students share with us their appreciation for their education at the LMA:

Bienvenue is one of ten children in her family.  She is in “classe 1ere”, and will complete secondary school next year.  Bienvenue describes the LMA as an establishment that teaches discipline and work; and expresses her appreciation for the canteen which provides her a noon meal and enables her to use the noon break to study.  Bienvenue hopes to become a judge.

Kiswensida is in “classe seconde”, her first year of secondary school, with two years to go.  One of five children in her family, she aspires to become an attorney and to defend the honor of her family and of society from social injustices.  Kiswensida echoes Bienvenue’s appreciation for the canteen which provides her a noon meal (of rice, beans or spaghetti) and enables her to study.  She awaits anxiously for school to re-open and hopes that next year the situation will be stable in Burkina and in other countries for the education of children.

Rassiatou, one of eight children in her family, is in “classe 1ere”, with one year left to complete secondary school.  Rassiatou writes that in addition to the academic education she receives at the LMA, she and her classmates learn respect for others, discipline, a sense of responsibility, success and self- control.   Like her colleagues, she is eager to return to school and complete her studies.  In the meantime, she studies at home and helps her mother prepare meals and sell condiments in front of their home.  Rassiatou hopes to become a journalist at the conclusion of her studies.

On behalf of all of the girls from indigent families attending the LMA, I add my sincere Thank You for your continued and generous support for the education of these most deserving and hard-working young women.

Kiswensida
Kiswensida
Rassiatou
Rassiatou
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My name is Leontine.  I am 16 years old and am in my next to the last year of secondary school at the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie (LMA).  I am specializing in math and science in my coursework.  I come from a village 8 km from the lycee.  My father is an assistant mason.  My mother raises a few chickens to sell.  I have five younger siblings: two brothers and three sisters.  They all go to school.  My sisters and I help our mother to manage the small amounts of money she gets from the sale of her chickens.  My father comes to the lycee from time to time to make sure that I am working hard and that I am getting good grades.

The LMA is the best secondary school in the region.  This is obvious from the positive test results.  The canteen plays a most important role for those of us who come from poor families.   Having something to eat midday helps us lot.   I hope to pass final lycee exams at the end of next year and to continue my studies in architecture. 

I sincerely thank Friends of Burkina Faso donors and encourage them to continue to support the canteen.  Long live Friends of Burkina Faso.


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