5 February 2017

This week was mainly dedicated to the LAP and to the students we have in Banfora.

Cotton farmers proud of their harvest

Students in Banfora

A Petits Pas (French association) is sponsoring 8 students (5 girls and 3 boys) in schools in Banfora. Five of them are on their last year of secondary school. We went to visit them to give them some encouragement. Two boys are in  a technical section, all the other 6 are in general study section. Three of the girls want to study to be an economist at university after their high school diploma???


A major difficulty of the students at the LAP is the method of studying. You learn by heart without understanding what you are learning! It is probably the method of teaching. Thanks to Marion (French trainee) we have been able to start group studies which, if well managed, should bring improvement in the efficiency of the studies.

Students in the library / computer room / teachers’ room


Students of 3rd year

Baptism of Arnaud, son of Odile and Eric

Last Saturday Arnaud has been baptized in the Cathedral of Bobo Dioulasso.

Many friends attended the ceremony

African Cup of football (CAN)

A major event in West Africa was the African Cup of nations. Cameroun won the title, but Burkina Faso finished 3rd. During the game, even if you do not watch the game you know what is happening by the noises coming out of the city: silence: not good, shouts: goal for Burkina.

Rock ready to support the “Etalons” for their semifinal against Egypt

Some scenes around the way to Banfora

Bricks in the making

Desiré surrounded by women trying to sell him fresh and/or dried mango, cashew nuts…

Proverb of the week

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Un cœur joyeux fait du bien comme un médicament, mais un esprit brisé sèche les os.

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Garder le corps en bonne santé est un devoir … autrement, nous ne serons pas en mesure de garder notre esprit fort et clair

This week has been a bad week regarding friends and family diagnosed with cancer. Let us hope that this “epidemic” stops quickly and that all caught with this disease will get better fast.

Good health to you all.