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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!
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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Delphine
Delphine

My name is Delphine.  I am 21 years old and in my last year of secondary school at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (LMA), with an academic emphasis on science.  My parents are subsistence farmers.  I have four brothers and five sisters.  I am the only in my family to go to school.  When I was young, a friend of my father’s who has a daughter my age took me to Ouahigouya (a larger town) and enrolled me in primary school.  I have been at the LMA since middle school and have always benefitted from the noon meal offered at this school.  It is a huge source of motivation for many students and it contributes to the greater academic achievement of students of the LMA compared with other middle/secondary schools in the region.

I was touched three years ago when I learned that the Coordinator of Assn NEEED volunteered to support the education of a fellow student who is an orphan (both father and mother).    The Coordinator is paying for all of her educational costs: school fees, school materials, noon meal and all of her personal needs.  When I saw this, it reminded me of when I left my parents to live with the friend of my father’s.  If it wasn’t for this man, I would not be in school.  I would have been forced to marry at a very young age like the other girls my age who stayed in the village.

With all that I have seen, following my studies I want to do humanitarian work, to help those who are less fortunate and bring a smile to those who are in distress.

I thank Assn NEEED and its partners (that’s you, GlobalGiving donors!) for all they/you have done, and do, to support us disadvantaged young women.

LMA students appreciate their noon meal
LMA students appreciate their noon meal
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Aramatou aspires to become a doctor
Aramatou aspires to become a doctor

The school year has ended and as always, a larger percentage of students of the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie (LMA) have passed their year-end exams than is true for their colleagues in the region and nationally.  Association NEEED, the LMA, and especially the students have much to be proud of. 

One of the students is Aramatou.  She tells her story: I was born in Ouahigouya (near where the middle/secondary school is located).  I  spent my early years in Ivory Coast where my parents found work.  When the war began in Ivory Coast in 2002, my father died, my mother was pregnant and we returned to Burkina.  Following the birth of my younger brother, my mother left us with an uncle and she returned to Ivory Coast.

I have been a student at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (combined middle/secondary school for girls) for four years.  The lycee is nine kilometers from my village.  Fortunately for me and for other students of the lycee, we are able to stay at school and have something to eat over the midday break, and to study our lessons.  

I have two more years of secondary school to complete, after which I hope to study medicine and help to treat people who are sick, especially those with malaria which has many victims every year.

My sincere thanks to everyone who has sacrificed to support our school canteen.

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