From the director of Association NEEED in Burkina: “In most of our towns and rural areas of northern Burkina Faso, the number of girls who abandon their studies is growing. More and more, capable young women drop out of school in search of money to pay for their most basic needs. They work in very unsafe conditions in gold mines, as nannies and some resort to prostitution.
We have done small studies to discern the principal causes of girls dropping out of school. Poverty is the principal reason. Farming families in particular are unable to ensure adequate food for their families much less support the education of their children.
It is in recognition of this rising school dropout rate among girls in our region, and our commitment to strengthen local development in Burkina, that we offer, with the support of our GlobalGiving partners, very basic postsecondary scholarships to qualified girls from the most impoverished families. These scholarships are in the fields of primary school teaching, nursing and midwifery.
We are extremely grateful for your support for the education of bright and deserving girls in our region.”
Tomorrow, June 15, 9am – 11:59pm EST (6am – 8:59pm PST) is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day this year. All donations to this project will be matched by 50% until matching funds ($110,000) run out. Competition will be very high. To ensure that your donation qualifies for the 50% in matching funds, please make your donation early-ideally within the first 10 minutes of the start of the competition (at: on GlobalGiving’s web site) which begins: tomorrow June 15 at 9:01am EST (6:01am PST). Go here to donate: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/post-secondary-education-for-girls-in-burkina-faso/