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Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso

by Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)
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Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Seydata
Seydata

Tomorrow, July 12, is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day of 2017! Don’t miss your chance to maximize your support for girls’ education in Burkina Faso this year. Starting at 9am EDT (6am PDT), you have two ways to contribute:

One Time Donation: To make a one-time donation to the Postsecondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso Project, go to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-fasoYour donation will be matched 50% up to $1,000! Bonus prizes will be awarded to the projects with the most unique number of donors so please spread the word on email or all of your social media channels! The more other donors give, the more our project stands to gain during the competition. Matching funds always go very, very fast-often within the first 10 minutes of the competition!!!! So please set your alarms to 9am EDT (6am PDT) sharp and donate early and quickly!

Recurring Donation: To become a recurrent donor to the this project, go to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso. Now is the time as tomorrow only, all new recurrent donors’ donations will be matched 100% up to $100 for the first three months! 

Whichever way you choose to support the Friends of Burkina Faso, know that your funds go far and leave a lasting impact on the young women we invest in.

Your funds directly support the postsecondary training of young women like Seydata and Risnata, young women who have overcome huge challenges in their lives. Both are completing their primary school teacher training now. Seydata is the youngest of 11 children. Orphaned at 14, she had to provide for herself. Seydata did domestic work for a family until the head of household threatened to abuse her. In her search of training for productive employment, she was awarded one of our GlobalGiving scholarships. Not only has she escaped a dangerous and vulnerable situation that could have taken her down an all-too predictable path, she feels so lucky and thankful for the opportunity to work with young children as a primary school teacher.

Risnata comes from a subsistence farming family. Her father died when she was seven and her mother had to marry one of his brothers in order to keep her children together. Following middle school, Risnata rose at 5am to prepare and sell street food on the side of the road to pay for her evening classes. But now, thanks to GlobalGiving donors like you, she is completing her postsecondary education in primary school teaching and is looking forward to paying it forward one day. Once she is employed as a teacher, she promises to support the educational expenses of another indigent girl for postsecondary training. “Dear partners of Association NEEED, you saved my life and I will never forget it. Please accept with love these small but noble words: Thank you!”

Tomorrow, you can help us create more success stories like Seydata and Risnata.

Please have the https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso webpage open and ready to go at 9am EDT (6am PDT) tomorrow. And then, please give as generously as you can. Help us continue to make a lasting impact in the lives of young women in northern Burkina Faso!

In their “small but noble words” THANK YOU! Thank you in advance for helping us to make the best use of this year’s Bonus Day on GlobalGiving! And please spread the word wide and far! 

Risnata
Risnata
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Aissa monitors students' work
Aissa monitors students' work

Aissa is a proud teacher in Yako in northern Burkina Faso. Following Aissa’s completion of her primary school teacher training, she passed government service exams and was assigned to her teaching post. Aissa teaches a third grade class of 64 students. Among the subjects she teaches are reading, arithmetic, biology, art, history, geography and singing. She takes very seriously her job of teaching her students and nurturing their development in the school environment.


Aissa comes from a family of eight children. Her father and mother are subsistence farmers.


Your generous donations to this project enable qualified young women like Aissa to fulfill their dreams of becoming teachers and role models for the next generation of rural children. Scholarship recipients are chosen on the basis of academic success and promise, motivation to become teachers, maturity AND financial need. None of the young women supported by our scholarships – and thus your generous donations – would be able to pursue primary school teacher training without the support of a scholarship to pay for their school fees, lodging and food: at a cost of $1,540/student. To date, your generous donations have made it possible for 44 young qualified village women to pursue primary school teacher training. We are most grateful to you, our partners, in supporting scholarships for these young women. Our goal for the next school year is to be able to support primary school teacher training for 25 of the over 200 young women who apply for these scholarships each year. We need your help to achieve this goal.
Our sincere appreciation for your past and continuing support.

Aissa prepares an exercise for her students
Aissa prepares an exercise for her students

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Thanks to the generous support of GlobalGiving donors, Risnata received one of our primary school teacher training scholarships in 2011-2012.  I met Risnata in 2011 while she was in primary school teacher training.  She and another young woman received the last two scholarships that NEEED and Friends of Burkina Faso had to offer that year.   Another young woman, who was an orphan, would have received the next scholarship had there been more funds.   Seeing this situation and knowing the challenges that orphans face, Risnata and her colleague very generously offered to each give half of their very modest scholarships to the third woman so that she would be able to enroll in teacher training.  THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF GIVING IN BURKINA FASO.  Risnata is now a proud teacher in a village primary school.  

I want to thank everyone who has donated to this girls’ postsecondary scholarship project this past year and for your continuing support in 2017.

Best wishes to you for a healthy, happy and productive 2017!

Suzanne

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Aguera
Aguera

As the new school year begins, we are proud to introduce to you three of the nine young women who have just begun their primary school teacher training thanks to GlobalGiving’s (that is your!) generous support.  Each of these young women represents Assn NEEED’s commitment to girls’ education and to the education of all village children in northern Burkina Faso.  These girls began their educations in village primary schools.  And they are now preparing to complete the circle by training to become primary school teachers and take up teaching assignments in rural villages, enabling the government’s expansion of primary school education in rural areas. 

Aguera is one of seven children in her family.  Her parents are subsistence farmers.  Aguera is the only child in her family who was allowed to go to school due to her parents’ lack of resources.  She is thrilled and proud to become a teacher as she has always held education in high esteem.

Mariam comes from a family of ten children of which she is the oldest.  Her parents are subsistence farmers.  Mariam is most grateful for her scholarship which allows her to pursue primary school teacher training and to be able eventually to help her younger siblings get an education.  She loves learning and she loves teaching others.

Oumou lives with her mother and two siblings.  Her father has been gone for six years and her mother prepares and sells small pastries in front of their home to support the family.   Oumou looks forward to teaching young children and to helping her mother and siblings.  She expresses great gratitude for having been given the opportunity to pursue teacher training.

On behalf of Aguera, Mariam and Oumou, we want to thank GlobalGiving donors for their scholarship support which has given these young women the only chance they had to pursue primary school teacher training. 

Mariam
Mariam
Oumou
Oumou
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It’s on now!  June 27 - July 1, during the Recurring Match Campaign, all new recurring donations to this project will be matched 100% up to $200 per donor on a one-time basis.  The recurring donation must last for at least three months after the initial donation (for a minimum of four donations total).  If you don’t like the mad rush of bonus day competition AND you were already planning to donate to this project sometime this year anyway, consider splitting up the amount you would have given otherwise and set up a recurring donation during this timeframe.  These funds quickly add up for FBF so we hope you’ll consider this avenue! And you can cancel at any time after the three to four months if you so choose-no strings attached!  Go to: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/

To quote the director of Association NEEED in Burkina who manages the Postsecondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso Project, « Scholarships are given specifically to girls of families with very little to no income.  Although our scholarships are very modest, the demand for them, by qualified candidates, has grown to 400-500 each year.   

Following their two-year training in primary school teaching, and entrance into the civil service, these young women are assigned to primary schools.  We have visited some of our former scholarship recipients and they are amazing. They have become young women who are able to take care of their needs, who are respected for their contributions to their communities, and who have begun supporting the educations of younger siblings.  All of these have been our objectives in giving them the opportunity to obtain postsecondary training in primary school teaching, a field so important to development in Burkina Faso. 

 We continue to seek your support so that we continue to offer teacher training scholarships to qualified girls with no other source of funds to pay for their training. »

The young women who have received GG scholarships have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to receive primary school teacher training.  They urge you to use the Recurring Match Campaign, June 27 - July 1, to maximize your support for the 2016 class of primary school teacher trainees.  With your generous donations, we aim to offer 30 scholarships this year.  Each two-year scholarship costs $1,540 which includes school fees, materials and living expenses.  Please go to: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/

We sincerely hope you’ll consider donating to girls’ education in northern Burkina, a project that has an amazing success rate and is truly changing individual lives one by one and we believe, will ultimately help change the course of development in Burkina Faso over time. Please join us!

On behalf of the teacher trainees and primary school teachers who have benefitted from GlobalGiving scholarships, our sincere thanks for your past and continuing support.

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Suzanne Plopper
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