School Improvement Project – Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso MapWe are participating in a larger project to improve the primary school of this village in Burkina Faso. The entire project consists of the construction of a new school roof and the establishment of a garden adjacent to the school.

We will participate in the implementation of the garden project, including the irrigation, in furtherance of the water and public health objectives of Water Charity.

The necessary seeds, fencing, and gardening tools will be purchased to start a garden that will provide food for the school lunch system and profits through small commerce.

Half of the production of the garden will go to the school’s lunch system to supplement the nutrition of the daily diet of the children. The surplus of the garden will be sold in the village markets in order to ensure financial sustainability for the garden.

The women will gain hands-on garden training, which will maximize product output while giving them additional skills and confidence.

Getting Around in Burkina FasoThe work is being carried out under the leadership of Peace Corps Volunteer A. Spear, together with the local voluntary association of mothers. They will work alongside a parent’s association, which provides needed support for the schools and students.

The village is donating land for the location of the school garden. The women will be contributing their time. They will work mornings and evenings in the garden. In addition, they will prepare the school lunches and clean the classrooms. The association is also contributing the labor to build the new roof.

This is another great example of how we can contribute the “last dollar” to get a project off the ground. We can assist in a coordinated effort consisting of various project components which together work toward the general improvement of the health and safety of the school.

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This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.