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Stichting Foundation HELP BURKINA Fondation Stiftung, Help_Burkina@hetnet.nl

 

 

From 1999 onwards we have handled 4 really large and a number of smaller projects. In September 2001 the École Sainte Mère Teresa opened its doors, an event attended by the Dutch Ambassador. It was a magnificent celebration and after a few days the first 200 pupils were able to come to school.

Initiator Pascaline had a few extra classrooms built and what started as a school where orphans and strays could get basic education has by now become a CEG, a ‘collège d’enseignement général’. This means that secondary education can be attended by children who finish primary education and thus they have have pleasant prospects.

In 2004 some pupils attended computer science lessons elsewhere, now this subject has been introduced at the collège as well. People in Holland still support about 80 children with a yearly allowance of € 100 for school fees.

We may conclude that this school is doing fine for its  pupils. Its good reputation is illustrated by the fact that even parents who are a little bit better off financially want to send their children to this school. It is obvious that these parents are asked to make an extra contribution towards the welfare of the less fortunate children. This request is effective as can be seen from the additional building activities. At the beginning of the schoolyear 2009- 10 there are 1000 pupils who visit the school!

 

Health-centre 

 

The CSPS (Centre de Santé et Promotion Sociale) was officially opened in December 2003. Finding water proved to be difficult because only the 4th drilling was successful. The problem could be solved with the help of Atos Origin. Thanks to the aid of Lions Breda Host and KVO-Westbrabant the building itself could be erected. NCDO doubled the first 50% raised in several campaigns as it had done for the school before. People in Douré are very happy with this giant progress in health care; government funds provide two paramedics. Spring 2005 saw the arrival of a number of solar panels, now women no longer have to give birth by the light of gasoline lamps or torches. 

The forest that was started back in 1991 is doing well, too. By the end of 2003 it covered 2,5 hectares and a yearly expansion is ensured by private initiatives. Not so long ago a person in Groningen asked people not to give any presents at the end of his career but to contribute money towards the buying of trees for this forest. About one thousand were planted. Unlike before these were fruitbearing trees: a very welcome addition to the diet of the local people. The forest now covers about 6 hectares.

 Primary school

In 2003 a primary school called ‘St. Joseph’ opened its gates in Kokossin, a village consisting of 8 residential areas situated southeast of Koupéla. In 2001 an at the time 24 year young woman asked us if it was possible to found a school in her native village. She took care of all the paperwork and a village school in Western Brabant filed a request with NCDO.

They complied and on 30 December 2003 the school was officially opened in the presence of the Dutch ambassador. Pupils had been attending the school since October 2003. The school has a school garden and about 150 trees were planted around it. In 2008 the svhool has been enlarged with 3 new class-rooms we could built with a support of a german organisation.
 
 
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Foyer des filles

 

Towards the end of 2005 another project was finished in Boulsa, capital of the province of Namentenga, the ‘foyer des filles’  was opened to the public. It is a kind of boarding school for adolescent girls in remote villages that want to go to secondary school. Travelling to school each day is no option for them and it is very difficult to find logings in Boulsa.

The foyer consists of a walledin area with a number of dorms, a dining hall, a study, toilets and showers. There is running water and electricity and an attendant keeps an eye on things. It has been constructed for 40 girls but October 2006 53 found a shelter in this project!

 

Our newest realisation

 

In the village Kokossin we build a large stable for cattle in the summer 2005.

The cattle will no longer be roaming around freely and it will be possible for people to create market gardens without them being razed and trampled by the cattle. The manure will be used as a fertiliser for the gardens. Near to the school a kitchen is built and a house for the women in order to give them the possibility to meet and to follow courses.  Besides they have got a mill building and a grainmill to lighten their work.

 

How do we find our projects?

 

All our projects were carried out at the request of the local population. We try to go along with these requests as best we can. Moreover, we regularly ship things like sewing machines, computers and especially clothing to Burkina Faso. There these objects are given a new lease of life.

 

 And in the Netherlands?

 

In Holland we are trying to make people aware of the situation in Burkina Faso by visiting schools and associations. At no cost we give information during lessons hoping the school will ‘adopt’ a project. We are happy to attend meetings of associations to give an informative talk and to sell handmade items from Burkina Faso. There is always a possibility to pay for the school fees of a child in Ouagadougou by paying € 100 into our account. You will receive a photograph of the child and a yearly update on his or her progress. It is up to you whether you contact the child or not.

 

Finally: Maybe you did not see the CBF hallmark for our foundation. We would definitely apply if this hallmark were really unbiased and could be obtained by every bona fide organisation. As things are now it is fairly expensive to file an application and we think it is better to spend that money on other, tangible, things.

We prefer to give our data to the ‘Goede Doelen Stichting’, a foundation with cost-free membership.

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