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!
Fanta, Ruth, Aida, Fadilatou and Leontine
Fanta, Ruth, Aida, Fadilatou and Leontine

“Education is the basic human right of every girl.  Once you educate girls, you change the whole community, you change the whole society.”  Malala Yousfzai, 2017 UN Messenger of Peace.

 

The right learning environment - committed teachers and a modest noon meal - contributes to academic success among bright village girls in Burkina Faso! 

 

Thanks to your support for a noon meal at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (LMA, the combined middle/secondary school or girls in northern Burkina Faso), 72.5% of middle school students have passed national year-end exams, qualifying them to go on to secondary school, compared with 43.9% of middle school students region-wide. 

 

The top grades in the entire region were earned by the five girls in this photo.  The top student was Ruth (second from the left), who scored 100% in math and hopes to study engineering at the university.  Close behind was Aida (third from the left) who hopes to become a physician and serve the country’s health needs.   Both young women credit the quality of instruction they received, along with a noon meal, as motivating and enabling them to work hard. 

 

These are the faces of future women leaders in Burkina Faso.  Your support for modest lunches (rice, beans and spaghetti – the main meal of the day for most of the students) gives these girls the energy and encouragement to work hard through the heat of the day.

 

As the fall semester approaches, we want to ensure that the village girls attending this school have the basic conditions necessary to succeed.  Your support for noon meals is crucial and very much appreciated!

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Fadilatou
Fadilatou

Three students at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (middle/secondary school for girls) have shared with us their reflections about school life, what they perceive as inappropriate assertiveness, pre-occupation with cell phones and academic challenges, and their reactions: the need to respect teachers, to not use cell phones when riding one’s bicycle in traffic and above all, the need to study hard. 

Two of the students (Fanta and Balguissa) are in their next to final year of secondary school and hope to study medicine and serve their communities as physicians.  They are concerned about their grades and vow to work hard to merit entry into medical school following graduation from secondary school. 

As I read their stories, these students are not so different from US students in their determination to reach their goals and in their reactions to certain adolescent behaviors that they see around them.   Their challenges are many, however, including especially daily subsistence needs and access to up-to-date and accurate information to help them complete their studies and prepare themselves for a university education. 

We are proud to support school lunches for these mature young women who are academically focused and determined to be of service to their country upon completion of their studies.

Fanta
Fanta
Balguissa
Balguissa
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Zoenabou
Zoenabou

Zoenabou is an extraordinary young woman who is in her final year at the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie, emphasizing literature and philosophy in her studies.  She tells her story:  I was born in Ivory Coast.  My father was from Burkina and had gone to Ivory Coast at a very young age to work in the cocoa plantations.   My mother was from Ivory Coast.  Neither had any formal education.  I had two brothers.  We lived in a migrant camp that had no school. 

During the civil war in Ivory Coast in 2004, the migrant camp where my family lived was destroyed.  Hundreds of people were killed, including my parents and brothers.  As Burkinabe survivors of the massacre organized to return to Burkina, a woman recognized me and had known my parents.  She accompanied me to my father’s village in northern Burkina.  My aunt, who had lost her husband, took me in and thanks to the little she earned from selling her crops, and to the understanding of the local primary school director, at ten years old I was able to enroll in primary school. 

Throughout my school years, I have been the oldest student in my class for which have been teased and ridiculed. 

Today, I am in my final year of secondary school.  For the past three years, I have benefitted from the school canteen which you all support.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  The canteen is what has given me the ability and strength to pursue my studies.  Without it, I would have abandoned school a long time ago.  The school canteen is in a way a motivation to succeed.   Following secondary school, I hope to become a midwife and to help women in all aspects of maternal and child health.

For all of the girls like Zoenabou who have no one else to turn to, a simple noon meal of rice, spaghetti or beans enables them to concentrate so that they can succeed in their studies.

Your past, and continuing, support for the school canteen at the Lycee Moderne de l’Amitie is greatly appreciated.

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Assita, an inspiring young woman
Assita, an inspiring young woman

I am proud to share with you the story of one of the young women who has benefitted from your generous support of noon meals at the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie (LMA, the middle/secondary school for girls).  Assita just completed secondary school, as one of the top students, at the LMA. She volunteered recently to share her story with us.

I grew up in a small village 30 kms from the nearest town.  My parents were subsistence farmers.  Both of them died when I was nine years old.  An uncle took my sisters and me in.  Following primary school, I was able to enroll in and finish middle school thanks a friend of a local nurse who paid my fees. I qualified to enter the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie to complete my secondary education.  There, I found strict and serious faculty, and a noon meal which allowed me to stay at school the entire day and use my lunch hour to study.  As a consequence, I completed secondary school near the top of my class.  This year, I am enrolled at the University of Koudougou (in Burkina Faso) to study geography. My ambition is to become a statistical geographer.  I am most grateful to GlobalGiving donors for your generous support for the school lunch program which contributed significantly to helping me make my dream come true.  I could not have done it without you.  

As the school year begins, 131 new students from villages will be enrolled in the Lycee Modern de l'Amitie, making a total population of 742 students (grades 7 - 13) this school year.  It is a challenge to ensure a basic noon meal for the students, all of whom have had to find lodging at least 3 km from the school. We thank you most sincerely for your past and continuing support for a noon meal for these students.

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Fatou
Fatou

As this school year ends, three students who have benefitted from the noon meal which you have supported at the Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie (the girls' middle/secondary school) wish to share their stories:

  • Fatou.  I will enter my final year of secondary school next year.  My parents are subsistence farmers in a village 3 km from my school.  I am the only one in my family to go to school.  On weekends and vacation, I sell boiled eggs on the side of the road to help support my studies. I thank you for enabling me to have a noon meal and not have to walk the 3 km to and from home (in the hot Sahel sun) but rather stay at school and study.  I am majoring in science in school and hope to become a gynecologist.
  • Omaimatou.  I come from a polygamous family with 12 children.  My father is a subsistence farmer and my mother sells small biscuits at the side of the road.  The only child in my family to advance to secondary school, I am a science major with two years left in secondary school.  During vacation, I sell bananas and mangoes in the market.  I look forward to serving my country in whatever capacity I qualify for training in.
  • Zakiatou.  I am majoring in literature in my final year at the Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie.  The daughter of subsistence farmers, I am the only child in my family to advance to the final year in secondary school.  I want to thank you for supporting the school's canteen which provides me and my fellow students a noon meal which we would otherwise not have.  I prepare and sell small biscuits in my village during vacation to support my studies.  Upon graduation, I hope to get a scholarship to the university to study law.

Three hundred seven village girls attended the Lycee this year.  Academic results are not yet available for this school year.  Last year, a full 100% of students in the math/science series passed national year-end exams and 82% passed exams in literature.  This is an extraordinary credit to the students and teachers, and to a simple NOON MEAL which enables students to concentrate on their studies.  Thank you for continuing to be an important part of these young village women's success.

Omaimatou
Omaimatou
Zakiatou
Zakiatou
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