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Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Educate Thousands of Girls with Year-Round Water
Solar light
Solar light

The solar light is helping us to study at night

 After school, the pupils in the village of Kamsi can now read books, and study at night time, thanks to the solar lights provided by Community Building Group. Community Building Group has installed solar kits in several houses in the village of Kamsi to help promoting and supporting girls’ education in this remotely rural area. The village of Kamsi is located in the rural area at the Center West part of Burkina Faso where access to both water and energy is lacking.

This solar project is being the first community-based solar kit project in the country that is collectively managed by the local people themselves. Lighting rural houses is a main ingredient for helping educational and social activities, and particular girls can now study at time.

According to the Chief of Kamsi, “now all of our children, girls as well as boys after nightfall, can do reading, reviewing their lessons so on. The solar light is helping all of us, even women too, as well. This is a great initiative from Community Building Group, and we want this project to continue for electrifying all Kamsi and surrounding villages!!!.”

To implement this project, intensive ground works have done by working together with the local people. The local team of the Community Building Group based in Ouagadougou has prior conducted to gather enormous socio-economic data toward in-person interview and focus group discussion. In this process, the team has involved the local people in all the decision making. During and after the installation of the solar equipment, the local team has conducted capacity building activities to reinforce local communities’ capacity on how to maintain and operate the solar kits system. This will help for the long term run sustainability of this community-based solar light project.

Note that thirty beneficiary families were selected based on the plurality of children, especially because they have a very high number of girls, and because they also accepted to open their door to all kids who want to come in and study at night. The culmination of this community-based solar project is a welcome relief for the resident of Kamsi.

Norbert who is a student parent said: " With the solar light, I am sure our children will learn better. Even the women takes advantage of the light every evenings to cook their dolo (local beer)."

Rosalie, a student stated that:" I am very happy for the electrification of our house. Now I can do my homework and, I scored good grades in my English class."

Marie (photo3) said: "We are extremely happy with the solar project, may God bless Community Building Group, and all."

Souleymane (in photo4), who is a student said: “Before it was very difficult for us to do our homework at night, we always used torches to study. But now with the community solar kits, it becomes like a dream for us, because it is now easy to study, you don’t have to hold a torch, just open the book and read. This has really motivated me to study more every day. We will give our best to succeed in school."

Solar light is helping girl to study at night
Solar light is helping girl to study at night
Marie: "We are happy having light
Marie: "We are happy having light
Yameogo: This is what Kamsi needs
Yameogo: This is what Kamsi needs
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“LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!” – You turned on lights in the village of Kamsi!  Thank you! With your support to Community Building Group-West Africa (CBG-WA), the Primary School, in the village of Kamsi, composed of six (6) classes, received ten solar modules and an LED trunking system. The whole village and school - teachers, pupils, parents -are very excited by this gesture and thank all the donors for having thought of sending the first solar-powered light to the village of Kamsi, a village that has no infrastructure for electricity.

The CBG Give Water Give Life program is working with rural people to collect and store water during the rainy season in order to have water for domestic use and produce vegetable crops even in the dry season. Having water frees women and girls from spending too much time looking for water.  Girls can now attend school. Indeed, on January 10, it was a Saturday morning, when the CBG-WA team accompanied by engineers from the Bio-Solar Company reached Kamsi, where all the children flocked to admire with enthusiasm the solar equipment.

Then later in the month, measuring and assembly of solar kits for the electrification of thirty household compounds in Kamsi took place in three stages:

-Step 1: The Community Building Group West- Africa team made a field trip December 22, 2016 with ETS Company responsible for the installation of solar kits in the community. During this mission all thirty (30) compounds chosen by village elders were visited. Note there was only enough money for 30 kits so that thirty beneficiary families were selected based on the plurality of children and especially the number of girls enrolled in these families.  During the visit the team once again explained to the families the aim of the project: i.e. to help children in general and girls in particular to better study at night after housework is completed. While CBG-WA distributed the solar- kits, the engineer Mr Zongo Patrice determined the design for the best installation of the solar equipment in each household.

-Step 2: The solar kits were assembled by the company ETS. The components of a solar kit are: a solar panel; battery; controller; two LED bulbs; case to secure the battery module support; a switch; and cables. The solar kits in the households provide a total capacity of 60 solar lamps. These 60 lamps plus the 30 school lamps equal 90 solar lights for the village of Kamsi. The company ETS took about fourteen (14) days for the assembly work.

-Step3: CBG-WA and the company ETS undertook a mission on January 21, 2016 Kamsi for installing a solar kit in a village shop. 

A wonderful ceremony was held in Kamsi on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 with David Young, the Deputy Ambassador of the US Embassy to Burkina Faso, present to officially hand over the solar kits to families. It was a memorable day for the over 4,000 residents of Kamsi. The population expressed their delight with traditional dances, music, and acceptance speeches. Neighboring villages and government officials joined the fun. The electrification project from Community Building Group West Africa was welcomed by Mr. Young who stated: "community management program test solar kits" is the first of its kind to support the socio-educational development of girls in the village. ‘It is a true boost for education and development’.

Additional villages are also participating in the Give Water Give Life program and being educated about rainwater catchment basins and solar powered energy.  This February, Global Giving has an exclusive matching opportunity for renewable energy work that is being funded by the Global Village Energy Partnership.  The campaign runs from February 17 to March 7, 2016, and donations can receive a 50% match.  Please take a minute to participate at this connection:http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/leaderboards/renewable-energy-matching-2016/.

Your continued support is very needed and always appreciated.

Solar kits for village of Kamsi
Solar kits for village of Kamsi
Primary School Principal w/ new solar energy box
Primary School Principal w/ new solar energy box
Kamsi School Girl
Kamsi School Girl
Kamsi Solar Kit for Families
Kamsi Solar Kit for Families
Kamsi School Girl
Kamsi School Girl
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“I am Studying to be a Doctor!” says Celeste, fifth-grader in the village of Kamsi.  She knows this is possible now because she is in school and learning about having light after dark by using solar energy. After school, she must complete her chores at home, which takes until 7 or 8 pm - and the sun sets at 6.  With solar powered lights, she will have time to study.

Pathways out of poverty in the dry, hot Sahel of Africa require water EVERY DAY– which is what your contributions are helping make happen.  Upon completion of our first rainwater catchment basin, water became available every day of the year. With water, the villagers are gardening, raising animals, fishing, creating small businesses and jobs, and hosting markets three times a week.  And most importantly, girl children now attend school because they no longer must trek three hours a day to help their mothers fetch water for their household.Kamsi is the site of our second rainwater catchment basin.

Solar Powered Lights for Education: Haoua and Laeticia, CBG-WA’s local staff in Burkina Faso, have been meeting regularly with villagers in Kamsi. Additional visits and studies have been required to determine with residents the appropriate locations of the solar electrification systems in order to allow children, especially the girls, to have sufficient light to study at night. (Burkina Faso is near the equator with the sun rising every morning at 6 am and setting at 6 pm every night.  With no electricity currently in the villages, there is no light without the sun.) 

Residents have concluded the school is the appropriate starting point for electrification with solar panels. The school principal has the teachers instructing students about power, electricity and solar energy.  Research of potential suppliers of solar panels has been extensive.  Several companies in Burkina Faso can provide the panels, the installation, and maintenance. Quotes for the work have been received and discussions held to select the best company.  Village residents are also keen to learn the proper maintenance and protections needed to keep the systems economical, efficient and long lasting. As of November 20, the solar equipment supplier in Burkina Faso was selected. The goal is to install solar energy equipment in Kamsi primary school by the end of December; and in some of the family compounds as additional funds are secured.

Further, the solar-powered irrigation system and solar-powered filtration system are now being incorporated in the Kamsi basin reconstruction design. The residents of Kamsi are participating fully with the GWGL staff to assure they have a high quality rainwater catchment basin that will also be sustainable.

Village Of Kamsi:  In Kamsi, there has been very little water for over 30 years due to the collapse of an old collection pond.  After receiving bids from several engineering firms based in Ouagadougou, CBG-WA with village representatives contracted with one engineering company to design the new rainwater catchment basin.  Once the design and written specifications were completed in September, construction companies submitted proposals to conduct the work. The chosen company is now making preparations for the work; and discussing with the Kamsi residents what tasks they will do.  Based on the villagers’ knowledge, the construction of the basin should begin late January or early February 2016.  Construction of the new basin will take 3 to 4 months. 

Your Help: CBG-WA is building rainwater catchment basins in villages throughout Burkina Faso as fast as we have sufficient funds. A new rainwater catchment basin serving 2,000 village residents costs about $50 per person.  Having water year round is critically important to the health and well-being of every resident in every village.  We know through our own experience that an entire agriculturally based village can become healthier and economically self-sufficient through sustainable community development that a single rainwater catchment basin makes possible.  Utilizing solar power enhances the sustainability.  And fortunately, Burkina Faso has abundant sunshine.

Your Global Giving contributions are vital - providing great benefit to the villagers of Burkina Faso. Your suggestions on how to make the positive impacts of a rainwater catchment basin and the use of solar energy better understood will also help attract more donors and investors. As a donor yourself, please tell us what attracted you to our program and what your interests are. Your continued help is very much appreciated and your ideas are always welcome.

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I am sending you this message on behalf of the Community Building Group as a previous donor to CBG's Solar Powered Lights for Education of 604 Girls,Burkina Faso.

You may have received an email from GlobalGiving about our report posted on their website describing the groundwork that has been done in the village of Kamsi to ensure equitable access to the solar generated power by all 604 girls in the village. Thanks to your donations we are currently engaging with Solar Power companies to get the equipment we need to provide solar panels for the school in Kamsi as the first installation. This is an exciting step to support teachers and learners at the school!

After installing solar power at the school we still need to reach the balance of our goal of $25 000 in order to roll out to ALL designated homes as soon as possible!

Today, I would like to alert you to a Global Giving bonus opportunity on Wednesday September 16th.  In brief, donations beginning at 1pm UCT (9am EST) will be matched 30% until the $70,000 pot of GG matching funds is exhausted.

Typically, they are exhausted within just 15-20 minutes! So, if you would like to make another gift in support of CBG and have it leveraged 30%, you must act quickly! 

We would appreciate if you would perhaps forward this email to friends and family and give them an opportunity to maximise their giving to this worthy cause right now as well.

Many thanks for your support of CBG in the recent past and hopefully in the future as well! 

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Solar Panel "Host" Home - Kamsi Village
Solar Panel "Host" Home - Kamsi Village

Announcing the Hope that Solar Light Inspires in Villagers of Kamsi, Burkina Faso

Village Buzz

The excitement at the thought of solar lighting and pride of the villagers in Kamsi in the Ouagadougou area of Burkina Faso in their children is evident for all to see. Please click on the following link to see what an elder of Kamsi Village has to say about the upcoming project.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_8SCUsD3qu4cmRCMGZ0RFhXOUE/preview

Translation of the interview with Mr Pascal Yaméogo (Video 1)

 Mr Yaméogo at Kamsi  says: “Many girls are content just learning in the classroom because of a  lack of light (at) night. With solar light (ing) they can also study (at) night and at the same time this will increase the academic success rate of girls in Kamsi and even improve the socio-economic advancement of the village.” 

Our team, in keeping with our number one principle of transformation through consultation, set a strong foundation by engaging significant gatekeepers in the community.  Shared ideas between the CBG team members and the community gave rise to the strategy we will use in choosing where and how to install the solar panels that will generate power.

Solar Panel "Host" Families

It was decided that 50 families would be the “guardians of light” in the village.  Their houses have been selected to host the solar panels.  The families have agreed to be custodians of each unit to ensure safety and security. They have also agreed to make light available for the school learners in their families and neighboring homes to have access to after dark so they can extend study hours.

Installation of solar panels at the local school is also included in the project plan.  Your contribution has made the principal of the school overjoyed.  Once the solar panels  at the school are up and running who knows what creative innovations the principal and his team will undertake to accelerate learning in that community?  With electricity and access to clean water – the sky is the limit!

Your donation is making so much possible physically but in terms of lifting the human spirit of people in Kamsi village – your donation is priceless!  Thank you again for your generous support.

We are working hard to challenge even more people all over the world to help bring water and light to the villages of Burkina Faso.  Join us in challenging others!

Kamsi Village girls to benefit from Solar Power
Kamsi Village girls to benefit from Solar Power

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