The goal of the Noon Meal Improves Girls’ Learning in Burkina Faso Project is to ensure that students at the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie receive at least one meal a day. The Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (a combined middle/secondary school in northern Burkina Faso), provides a middle and secondary school education to girls and orphaned boys from rural and indigent families who are otherwise unable to send their children to school. 50% of the students in the Lycee Modern de l’Amitie (LMA) began their primary school education with the support of the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project which enabled the entry of village girls into primary school and was supported by GlobalGiving donors until 2014 when it met its funding goal.
The LMA opened its doors in 2005 and in ten years has grown from two classrooms and 120 students to 16 classrooms and 876 students.
With high academic standards, a positive educational environment and qualified and committed instructors, students of the LMA score outstandingly well on national exit exams. In 2014, 82% of LMA students successfully completed middle school and 79% of LMA students successfully completed secondary school.
A basic mid-day meal, for many LMA students the only meal they get daily, is a key component to their success. This noon meal is made possible by donors. From 2006 - 2012, the Noon Meal Improves Girls’ Learning in Burkina Faso Project, supported by Friends of Burkina Faso, was featured on the GlobalGiving website and raised funds for meals for girls of the LMA who walk 6 kms roundtrip daily to attend school and have no other source of food during the day.
Thanks to the very generous support of GlobalGiving donors, in 2012 we reached our funding goal, ensuring that students had a noon meal each day they were in school. We worked with another LMA partner who ultimately assumed support for school lunches.
Due to recent economic hardships, the partner to this project is unable to support student lunches at the LMA. Association NEEED has asked us (Friends of Burkina Faso) if we could resume our support. Lunches consist of “sagabo” (a millet-based paste), rice or beans with local sauces and cost approximately $.45 per day, $9 per month, or $76.50 per year per student.
The canteen is run by 3 cooks. Students provide all of the serving and dining area cleanup.
The canteen is necessary due to the distance between the school and the town where the students reside, and because of the extreme poverty of the students’ parents and the living conditions of some students. For some, lodging is a mat to sleep on and they must find their own food. School lunch ensures them at least one meal a day, contributing to the phenomenal success of these students.
Children need a minimum of nutrition in order to concentrate in school. Students of the LMA are counting on your generous support so that they may have school lunches next year.
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