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News from Burkina Faso

Fetishes have more power than our lectures For many years we have been explaining to farmers that growing cotton is not profitable. We can demonstrate that to them and they can agree on our demonstration, but they will still grow cotton!!! There are many reasons for that: afraid of changes, no proper information on alternatives,... Read more...
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Challenges of having “only” one rainy season

2 July 2018 The rainy season seems to have finally arrived with rains every other day. Farmers and their families are busy working in the fields. Challenges of having “only” one rainy season In Burkina there is only one rainy season from June to September. This means that most families have to live off the... Read more...
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Situation in Burkina Faso

24 June 2018 It has been 2 weeks since I came back to Burkina Faso. This period is supposed to be the start of the rainy season, but only just this morning we got a long and steady rain. First time we see fruit on this palm tree in our garden. Apparently we cannot eat... Read more...
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Firebug (gendarme) a very special insect

End of our trip this time, so last blog. We had to change our return date due to the fact that Air France is on strike (again).  Between the railway company which is  on strike 2 days per week since 5 weeks, and Air France on strike at least 5 days per month, it is... Read more...
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Monsanto

MONSANTO Monsanto introduced OGM cotton in Burkina Faso about 10 years ago. Three years ago It was banned, since the fiber of the cotton was rather short and could not be sold easily. In the meantime, the “white fly” which used to attack that cotton, had to find new targets. One of them has been... Read more...
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News from Burkina Faso

Reminder: These temperatures are taken in the shade. Yesterday we heard a big bang in our bed room. An electrical insect repeller blew out of its socket. The rest of the power went down as well. We called our electrician who found out that we had 380V coming in instead of 220v!!! One air-conditioning, one... Read more...
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No cash, and nothing to eat in some villages

15 April 2018 Eugenie and I have been back in Burkina for almost 2 weeks. April is the hottest and more difficult month here. During the day the temperature goes up to 42oC and at night it doesn’t go below 27oC. April is also the month of the first rains. We have had one so... Read more...
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Situation in Burkina Faso

4 March 2018 Burkina Faso So, it seems that Burkina Faso has to make the headlines every 6 months with a terrorist attack. In the past months we had seen more and more tourists in Burkina. Also, more news was coming about foreign companies coming to look at Burkina. I guess it will take a... Read more...
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Nursery schools are one of the best projects we have done in Burkina!

18 February 2018 Actions and their consequences In Europe, most of the time, “good” actions have  positive consequences and “bad” actions are  punished. In Burkina it is not that simple. Consequences for bad actions taken by somebody will first depend on the power of this person. Direct power or power they have via family or... Read more...
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Seasons and activities in villages in Burkina

11 February 2018 Seasons and activities in villages in Burkina In Burkina, there are two main seasons one dry and one rainy. In between there are some transitions towards rains or away from rains. The activities of villagers are mainly linked with the seasons. From May to October (rainy period) they are busy in the... Read more...
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News from Burkina

4 February 2018 The first week of this trip was with cool nights and little dust in the air. This past week dust is back and temperatures are not decreasing at night as for the first week. News from Burkina On the education front, the unions and the government came to an agreement. Since time... Read more...
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Situation of education in Burkina 

28 January 2018 First, I would like to wish all of you a happy and healthy 2018. I have been back in Burkina since a week. Situation of education in Burkina  I already mentioned in previous blogs that there were a lot of strikes in December from teachers for all levels of education (primary, secondary... Read more...
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December not a month for studying in Burkina

17 December 2017 This is the last blog for 2017. We will go back to The Netherlands this coming Wednesday to be with the family for Christmas.           December not a month for studying in Burkina The month of December is not a very active month for schools in Burkina Faso.... Read more...
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Beekeeping

10 December 2017 We are coming towards the end of this trip. We will go back to NL on December 20th. In the meantime, Eugénie has returned to Burkina. The container we sent at the end of September has arrived. She is in charge of sorting out the second hand clothes and other miscellaneous items... Read more...
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Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you

26 November 2017 Inspiration to write blog is not always there. In the past 2 weeks, dust in the air is so dense that it seems that it has stopped my inspiration. Test at the gardening project in Nefrelaye We have started a project of gardening in the village in Nefrelaye 4 years ago. The... Read more...
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Meningitis vaccination at the LAP

12 november 2017 At this time of the year, it is not unusual to encounter large herds of cows. They are moving in search of food. Meningitis vaccination at the LAP In 2012, we lost a student to meningitis. Since then we vaccinate students each year. The vaccination is good for 3 years. The meningitis... Read more...
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Poor harvest 2017

5 November 2017 I am writing this blog from the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. Eugénie is on her way to the USA / Tijuana (Mexico) to accompany to Claire (daughter) who is undergoing further treatment in a hospital for her cancer. I am sure that many of you will say “Why do you have... Read more...
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Water well at the school of Sidi

29 October 2017 The grass is already dry, the consequence of a very short rainy season. This means that early bush fires can be expected. Meeting of the parents at the LAP Last Saturday, we had a meeting with the parents at the LAP. Each of the 12 villages where the students are coming from,... Read more...
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Political situation

22 October 2017 Eugénie and I are back in Burkina Faso since one week. Eugénie had expected to see our house all repainted inside. Well it was not, and it required her a lot of energy in this first week to make the house ready for 3 Dutch guests who arrived on Friday. Harvest time... Read more...
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Situation in Burkina

27 August 2017 Situation in Burkina After the terrorist attack at the beginning of our trip, things are rather calm here. It is still do not known which organization is behind the attack. They have just posted some robot portraits of the 2 terrorists who got away. Since among the dead people there were 2... Read more...
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Relation between Burkina and the Jihadists

20 August 2017 Eugenie and I are back in Burkina Faso for 2 weeks. Eugenie immediately got busy with painting in our house and working with the workshop making the kits of protection for girls and women. Relation between Burkina and the Jihadists We were in the hotel in Ouagadougou last Sunday when we heard... Read more...
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Consultants

16 July 2017 And another trip has ended, I am now back in The Netherlands. This last week was mainly to tie up things around the office and for the LAP. Consultants, consultants, consultants!!!! I have already mentioned in a previous blog that consultants are a major decease in Africa (and elsewhere). Sorry to my... Read more...
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Entry test to the LAP

09 July 2017 So, all our visitors left last weekend. They all got home safely. I hope that their visit was memorable which will  motivate them to promote our work around them. UNFPA We had the surprise of a visit at our office of 30 people from an agency of the United Nations taking care of... Read more...
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Nursery school

02 July 2017 It was a very busy week with 5 visitors. One coming from The Netherlands (Joop) and four from France from the association A Petits Pas (Didier, Marie Paule, Christophe and Sonia). A Petits Pas A Petits Pas is a French association who has been supporting projects in 4 of our villages since... Read more...
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Some results of the students we sponsor

25 June 2017 So I am back in Burkina since about 10 days. Eugénie stayed in The Netherlands to be with Claire (daughter) who needed surgery. It is the beginning of the rainy season and the country side has changed completely with fields being prepared or already with small plants. Nature likes water!! Rivers have... Read more...
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Blog: Elephants

17 April 2017 So, it was a rather slow week for me, a “coup de fatigue” came over me after 3 months of running around. I had to stay in the house for a couple of days. Heat and too many travels to the villages and the LAP got of me. Elephants I had seen... Read more...
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Blog: Honey harvesting

9 April 2017 Some rains have finally come to cool the temperatures a bit. It is impressive to see the quick changes in nature due to these rains. Honey harvesting It is the period for honey harvesting. In the past 2 years, we have been able to distribute 650 hives among women and men in... Read more...
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Blog: water is always a short supply

02 April 2017 Along the way to a village, a patch of grass. Some rain had come a few days earlier. We wish rain would come to cool down the temperature. About women associations I come to realize that women associations are not really to work together, but it is to get something together. Many... Read more...
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Blog: presentation to the women of the village of Fon

26 March 2017 Eugénie arrived in Burkina Faso last Monday. She has already started on many activities despite the temperature, which is getting higher and higher together with the humidity. Presentation to the women of the village of Fon Eugénie just arrived and we had planned a presentation for her at the village of Fon.... Read more...
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Blog: where humility could help!

12 March 2017 On Monday Michèle, mother of Marion (French trainee staying with us until end of April) arrived. Michèle will stay with us for 10 days. She will follow us in villages and the LAP and she will be able to do some tourism. We love showing what we are do over here, so... Read more...
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Blog: Women’s day

05 March 2017 Eugénie is not in Burkina yet. She is with Claire in the US trying to help her with the cancer detected a few weeks ago. Temperature where she is -10oC when we have +42oC. Extreme! Price of bread: Being an ex-French colony, Burkina Faso has adopted the bread as main food in... Read more...
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Blog: cashew nuts project

26 February 2017 This week was mostly dedicated to awareness meeting to women about their period cycles and the kit of protection we are offering them. No visit to the LAP this week. Cashew nuts project / grafting Cashew nuts are becoming interesting to produce; price is going up every year. We are looking at... Read more...
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Blog: news from the LAP

19 February 2017 The temperatures are rising here. The cool nights we had until now are getting warmer and warmer. In the past few days, the wind Harmattan has been very strong. It blows a lot of dust all over. News from the LAP We have been looking at organizing the students study time in... Read more...
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Blog: bush fires

12 February 2017 Bush Fires Men in Burkina usually start bush fires. They are a way to hunt animals (rats, rabbits) or in the process to clean a piece of land (burning trees). They are very bad for the nature since most of the fires are not controlled. The bush fires destroy many trees such... Read more...
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Blog: Students in Banfora

5 February 2017 This week was mainly dedicated to the LAP and to the students we have in Banfora. 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... Read more...
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Blog: cotton farmers

29 January 2017 Week 2 of this trip. Cotton farmers The harvest of cotton has been going on since November and is normally ending in December. Groups of farmers bring the cotton to a central place. It is weighed and each farmer of the group knows how much he has brought. The cotton company Sofitex... Read more...
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Blog: some news about the political situation

22 January 2017 Back in Burkina since a week. Eugénie will join me in a few weeks. However, I am not alone, Marion has joined us until the end of April. She has studied education and she will try to help us at the LAP with the studying methods of our students. Some news about... Read more...
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Blog: LAP news

27 November 2016 This is the last blog of this trip. Not really looking forward to face the rains and cold weather in the Netherlands. LAP news It has been a very intense trip with a lot of work done for the LAP. Managing people is not easy anywhere. Hopefully we now have a stable... Read more...
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Blog: water carts

20 November 2016 Dust is in the air (not the title of a song), covering everything and irritating people’s eyes and throats. A lot of people with colds. It is also the time that the meningitis spreads with the dust. We will vaccinate the newest and the oldest children at the LAP this week. Water... Read more...
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Blog: LAP director never ending story

13 November 2016 Only 2 more weeks in Burkina for this trip. In the past week the weather has drastically changed: cool night (20/22o C) still 38o C in the day time. The wind Harmatan is blowing, bringing a lot of dust in the air and this coolness at night. It is at least 3... Read more...
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Blog: civil servants and consultants

6 November 2016 Transport on the roads of Burkina is always a challenge. The small bus on the left is driving at 80km per hour!!!! You can count on one broken truck per 20km along the road. Civil servants and consultants In previous blogs I already mentioned the difficulties to create jobs when everybody wants... Read more...
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Blog: meeting in the village of Sokourani

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. 30 October 2016 Sunday I went fishing with Yannick, one of our grandchildren in Burkina (10 years old). It was his first... Read more...
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Blog: Mosquito nets

23 October 2016 Another week has flown by. Mosquito nets The government has distributed mosquito nets to all habitants in Burkina in June 2016. Should we applaud? NO! The nets distributed are not only made from plastic (very hot) and the size of the netting is so large that mosquitos go in and out without... Read more...
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Blog: Village development dilemma

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. 16 October 2016 In some low ground, there is still some water where lilies open in the morning. Village development dilemma This week... Read more...
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Blog: visit to the village of Sidi 2

9 October 2016 The rainy season has stopped. Since over a week we had no rain in Bobo, in some other areas there were no rains since 2 or 3 weeks. Some of the crops still need a few rains such as sesame. Let’s hope they will come. Visit to the village of Sidi 2... Read more...
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Blog: Visit of new village FON

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. 2 October 2016 Eugenie has arrived yesterday in Ouagadougou and will be home in Bobo Dioulasso today. Unexplained Traditions: We are starting... Read more...
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Blog: 25 September 2016

I am Back in Burkina since a week; Eugénie will join me early October. In Burkina the rainy season ends beginning of October normally. September can be still with a lot of rains. These rains are preceded by very strong winds, which flattens corns and/or sorghum plants if they are not well supported or if... Read more...
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Blog: 2 July 2016

Cashew nut trees The cashew nut trees are starting to be very popular in Burkina. A lot of traders (mainly Indian) are coming to buy the raw nuts in Burkina. This purchase of the raw nuts brings no added value in Burkina for this activity. It puts the small group transforming the raw nuts into... Read more...
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Blog: 26 June 2016

With the rains a lot of green colors are coming out. Even on what looks like very sterile ground grass will grow, making it look like a carpet. Consequences of acts For many things good deeds are not recognized and bad deeds are not sanctioned. It is also true at the level of the family.... Read more...
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12 June 2016

A very busy week with a lot of rains. This is good for the farmers not for the dirt roads. Civism education Even if it is in the program of the schools in Burkina, very few are providing civism education. This seems to be a major drawback for the Burkina society. You can see that... Read more...
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Blog: 5 June 2016

5 June 2016 I was looking at the weather forecast on internet and was telling everybody that there would be little rain until mid June……………. Guess what? This morning early rains started to fall and now it is still going on after 3 hours. It would have been better had I looked for the donkey... Read more...
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Blog: Distribution of the first menstrual kits

Back in Burkina since one week. Rains have started, which makes it cool during the rain, but very humid and hot after the rain. Political situation in Burkina Last Sunday was the “elections municipals” (election of mayors). Very little turn out (around 40%). The MPP (party of the president) got most of the towns. People... Read more...
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Blog: Stories from Burkina Faso

Mango story Normally end of February, beginning of March there are what they called the “mangos’ rains”. It is a couple of rain which come at the beginning of the mango season, cleaning them form their dust. Adults say to youngster that mangos are not good before the “mangos’ rains”. Since they do not wash... Read more...
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Blog: Visit of Bona and Political situation

It has been very warm in the past 2 weeks with very little cooling at night. And then since couple of days, nights have been a bit cooler. Nice!! The néré tree (African locust bean) with its look alike “Christmas” decoration. Political situation in Burkina In May there will be the election of the town... Read more...
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Blog: Women’s day & LAP news

I am writing this blog a bit late. My head was too busy thinking about events of the past week, more on this under the LAP section. Eugenie is back in NL since yesterday. She will be going to the US to assist Claire our daughter who needs surgery for a breast cancer. More bottles... Read more...
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Blog: Honey from Burkina

Linda and Robert left last Thursday. They helped us a lot. Temperature is now reaching the 40th Celsius in the day and does not get below 28 at night. Relation between Burkina and Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara, the president of Ivory Coast, came in power with the help of the French, but also with the... Read more...
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Blog: Distribution of drinking bottles

Last Sunday Robert (nephew) and Linda (girlfriend) arrived for a 10-day visit. With the arrival of the new containers they were immediately put to work: Robert to check computer equipment and Linda to help Eugenie to sort other goods. It is a time of hazy days. Air is full of dust. Kids are getting pulmonary... Read more...
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Blog: Nursery school’s activities

This is already the 5th blog of this trip. Time flies. Political situation Things are rather quiet on the political front. However, when people look at the appointments made by the government and the administration they realize that the nepotism of the previous regime is still here.
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Blog: Gardening: activity for the dry season

It is time for a lot of trees to blossom in Burkina. Mango, shea trees are in full bloom, but this tree with yellow blossom is more spectacular. Eugénie arrived in Burkina after a long journey coming here straight after a visit to Claire in the USA. Gardening: activity for the dry season The dry... Read more...
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Blog: Education in Burkina

When I left The Netherlands early January, the nature was a few weeks early for the season due to the warm winter. In Burkina it is the contrary. The rainy season came late, finished late and the cold months also started late. The trees are blooming a couple week late. Breakfast: yoghurt and papaya
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Blog: after the terrorist attack

Second week in Burkina. The weather is very dry, temperature between 35oC in the day time and around 20oC at night. The winds coming from the Sahara Desert are always blowing and they bring a lot of dust. It is the period when people have a lot of cold and cough. I was surprised to... Read more...
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Blog: Back in Burkina Faso

After 6 weeks in The Netherlands and US to see family and friends, I am back in Burkina since a week. Bougainvillea Political situation in Burkina In November Rock Kaboré was elected president of Burkina. He was installed as president end of December 2015. The nominated prime minister is a technocrat (economist) and a large... Read more...
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Blog: back in Holland

Coming back from Burkina last Sunday, I had to take a few days rest to recover from a bronchitis. Nothing serious and I am back going around. This explains the lateness of this message. Jeff and his group has left on Monday. Eugenie besides taking care of me, has been making new mosquito nets for... Read more...
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Blog: Visits in the villages

Only one more week to go for this trip. Eugenie and I accomplished a lot, but it feels like we arrived in Burkina yesterday and not a couple of months ago. The temperature at night starts to be cool: 22o C. The wind has also picked up and with the dry weather, dust is flying... Read more...
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Blog: Consequences of acts & Tour du Faso

Well, infested mosquitoes seem to like me? I had to take a test last night which shows that I have malaria again. It is not sure though if it is a new case or the first one not having been treated properly. It is not as bad as the first time. No major pain, only... Read more...
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Blog: Political situation and Land ownership (follow up)

Surprisingly there were still rains last week in Bobo Dioulasso. Some farmers are happy (they had seeded late) some are not happy (difficult to harvest and keep the grains dry.
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Blog: Malaria, Land Ownership and Lightning

My first case of malaria caught me last week. No energy to write a blog last Sunday (I did not know yet that I had malaria). After a week of not feeling so good, energy is back.
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Blog: some stories about the LAP and the woman of Oualana

Eugenie arrived in Bobo on Tuesday. One day late due to fog in Amsterdam. On Wednesday she was immediately asked to help vaccinate the children going to Banfora against meningitis. No lost time. After a week of dry weather, rains came back on Saturday and Sunday. Political situation It is difficult to know what is... Read more...
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Blog: Being confined at home

Still some rains during the week. In Bobo we had 412 mm of rainfall during the month of September. In the early morning at the LAP dew glitters on blossom and leaves. Normally Eugénie was supposed to arrive today. Due to fog in Amsterdam her flight was cancelled. She is now arriving tomorrow coming via... Read more...
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Blog: Rains and Dienderer

More than 400mm of rain since the biginning of the month of september. It is a big part of the rains this year which are at 1.100 mm. A lot of humidity in the air and a lot of dew in the early morning as you can see on the pictures of the grass.
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Blog: new schoolyear & coup d’état

It has been a strange week with excitement regarding the start of the new school year at the LAP and disappointment with the political situation in Burkina. Rains are still coming every day where I am. The sun does not come out very often farmers start to worry about the molds coming on the plants.
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Blog: Already back in Burkina Faso

After a very short stay in Europe I am already back in Burkina since almost 2 weeks. Eugénie will join me at the end of the month. If the rains have started late in the season, they have been very heavy in the month of September so far. It rains almost every day. On the... Read more...
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Blog: Migration of the Peul & the leechers of Africa

End of this trip coming Tuesday. This will be the last message until September. It was a short but intensive trip. Migration of the Peul (Fulani) cattle in Burkina Several times during this trip we encountered on the road to villages large herds of cattle going back to their villages of Kourouma or Barani. Peul... Read more...
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Blog: Political situation and the late rainy season

Political situation in Burkina / end of the Ramadan The group of wise men have come out with recommendations to ease the tension between the prime minister and the army: the president takes over the direction of the army and the police is also taken away from the responsibility of the prime minister. CEDEAO (West... Read more...
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Blog: a week loaded with a lot of emotion (+video!)

This week was loaded with a lot of emotion. Wednesday Bertrand was buried in France. Saturday we had a quit an emotional memorial service for him here in Bobo in the company of numerous villagers and friends. The presence of Didier (new president of the APP foundation and cousin of Bertrand) and his wife Marie... Read more...
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Blog: So long Bertrand

Young people working in the field I have been back in Burkina since 2 weeks. It is time to write my blog. Eugénie arrived last Sunday together with Didier, Marie Paule and their niece Sophia. Sophia comes to make a training of one month, Didier and Marie Paule are in Burkina to check on the... Read more...
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Blog: last blog of Hervé this trip!

This will be the last blog for this trip. Friday we will be back in The Netherlands if everything goes well with our trip. After almost 3 months here, the feeling I have is sadness to go away from the people here and happiness to see the people in the Netherlands and very soon our... Read more...
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Blog: beekeeping and bad behaviour

April is definitely the month to avoid Burkina for the climate: high temperature, humidity getting higher and higher. It is also when electricity is the most in demand creating shortages every day. Difficult to work efficiently when you do not know when you will have electricity.
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Blog: new dormitories, strikes and Luffa

It is time for many trees to blossom.  Burkina is copying France in term of strikes: let’s have a strike to see our strength, then negotiate. Burkina is an ex colony of France. Unfortunately for them, they have taken all the bad things from France and exaggerated them. One of those things is the strong... Read more...
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Blog: an adventure and exploring the remote area of Fina

Normally the month of April is the most difficult in Burkina in terms of weather. The temperatures are close to 40 oC and the humidity is rising. It seems that this type of weather has come early. Even with a welcome rain last Monday, the temperature at night did not go down below 30 ̊C.... Read more...
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Blog: consultants, experts and a story from Odile

Last week end, our guests (Yvonne, Sandra and Laura) left Burkina for the cold Netherlands. It was nice to have them with us. We were working on the projects every day, and an outside and fresh look is always useful. Consultants, experts, advisors instead of entrepreneurs In a country like Burkina it is easier to... Read more...
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Blog: teachers of Sissa and making of Karité (shea) butter

Another week gone with a lot of activities. Laura (she is working in the Netherlands for ASAP and for the sales of the statues) arrived in Bobo on Monday evening. Monday was a holiday since the 8 March (international day of the women) fell on a Sunday. Nice! Yvonne and Sandra helped Eugenie in making... Read more...
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Blog: Women’s Day and fun at the LAP

On February 23rd, Eugenie arrived in Burkina with her sister Yvonne and niece Sandra. Yvonne and Sandra have already been in Burkina previously. This weekend Laura (manager of the galerie Burkin’art in the Netherlands) has arrived in Ouagadougou, it is her first trip. She will get here Monday night. The last 2 weekends were spent... Read more...
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Blog: FESPACO (“Timbuktu”), Cotton & Zonta

I know that some of you have very cold weather. Here it is nicely warm (22 at night 36oC in the day), but with a rather strong wind, bringing a lot of dust in the air. FESPACO A bi-annual film festival happened in Ouagadougou (Capital of Burkina Faso). It is held this year between February... Read more...
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Blog: Woman incomes, LAP and Dolo

The first mangos have arrived on the market. Normally before this happens, some rains are coming called “mangos’ rains”. No rains this year. Is this a sign of climate changes? Those rains clean the dust off the trees and especially on the mangos. Children pick up the fruit with the dust on it and bite... Read more...
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Blog: It has not rained since 3 months

Second week in Burkina. The temperature and humidity have increased at once. It is specially noticeable at night. Bougainvillea’s at the nursery school of Kofila.
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Hervé is in Burkina for 3 months

Since Wednesday, I am back in Burkina Faso. This will be my longest stay (close to 3 months). Eugenie will be joining me in about 2 weeks. Temperature here is around 37oC in the day time and in the 20oC at night. It is a dry heat with a lot of dust in the air.... Read more...
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Blog: A Petits Pas, nursery schools, container and going home..

This is the last blog for this trip, next week we will be back in The Netherlands. We have had some very heavy rains where we are 3 days in a row. This is rather unusual and it disturbs the farmers’ harvest a lot. This week was also the end of the trip for Didier and... Read more...
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Blog: meeting villagers in Bobo, Oulana and a hats collage!

This week was rather busy with 2 days of meetings with the villages in Bobo Dioulasso and the beginning of the visit of Didier Auger and his wife Marie Paule from the association A Petits Pas. APP is a French association which has strongly supported ASAP for almost 10 years. Flowers from the sugar canes... Read more...
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Blog: Harvest time, impact of the nursery, LAP school pictures and a new cat

Political situation Things are back to normal in the country. In Ouagadougou, they are still trying to find the way for the after Blaise Compoare. It seems to be going in the right direction so far. During the events of last week, some people have used it to get revenge or just to steal. Large... Read more...
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Blog: A strange week!

A strange week! Most of it spent at home. Schedule of the events in Burkina Monday we were in the office, talking a lot about the march which was called for on Tuesday. On Sunday we had cancelled the meeting planned with the villagers in Bobo for Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday we all stayed home.... Read more...
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How to get rid of a dictator in 3 days (continued)?

October 31th, 15.00 hr The information I communicated yesterday was not very accurate. I believed my sources and should have waited a little bit. The president had not escaped yesterday and in a communication last night he said that he wanted to stay as president until the next elections in November 2015. The civil society... Read more...
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Blog: How to get rid of a dictator in 3 days?

October 30th, 15:00 hr (local time) As mentioned in my last blog, the president has tried to have a vote in the parliament to change the constitution so that he can be elected a third time. He has been in power for 27 years. His nepotism and the corruption of his people has created a... Read more...
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Blog: the president of Burkina Faso, education and more..

Four more weeks to go for this trip. Emmanuel (our local director) has just returned from his vacation. We still have some rains which is rather late for the season. Farmers who do not have a covered place to store their crops and will lose some of it.
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Blog: Impact of our actions for education and more..

Already 4 weeks gone by in this trip to Burkina. We are getting out of the rainy season and the temperature is rising. It has been a rather heavy and long rainy season. People here say that it will be cold in December and January, because of those heavy rains.
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Blog: gardening in Nefrelaye, Dam in Sissa & New birds

Rains have stopped for 5 days now. We now wish that they would come back to lessen the heat a bit. We are never happy. At least farmers are able to harvest their peanuts, beans and corn without too many difficulties.
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Blog: Tabaski feast, solar energy and the medical center of Bona

Second week for this trip in Burkina Faso. The rainy season should be at its end, but we have had rains each day. Farmers who need to harvest some of their crops do not have covered spaces to dry them. Either the crops rot on the field or rot at the house of the farmers.... Read more...
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Blog: Back in Burkina: general news, Ebola and LAP

Back in Burkina for a period of about 2 months, Eugenie will be arriving in a few days. My trip to Burkina was a little bit disturbed by the strike of the pilots of Air France. It is really a shame to see such actions taking place. When will French people be able to discuss... Read more...
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Blog: back home in the Netherlands

We arrived back at home in the Netherlands this morning. A few moments to get acquainted again with the flat where we live. Yesterday we were in very hot and humid weather in Ouagadougou, today it is not so hot but also humid in the Netherlands. The last week of this trip we made 2... Read more...
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Blog: new rules for ngo’s and shoes

Only one week in Burkina left for this trip. Actually not very much to report about the past week. We did not make any trips to the villages. Time was spent in the office and a one-day trip to Ouagadougou. The house was full the whole week with the 5 children of our African family.... Read more...
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Blog: No papaya for breakfast

It has been now more than a week that we did not get any rains and farmers are starting to worry. While I am writing this message however, rain starts to fall. No papaya for breakfast I am used to have papaya with yoghurt for breakfast. This trip we cannot find papayas. When we ask... Read more...
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Blog: rainy season, gmo’s and the LAP

We are back in Burkina with Eugenie for a period of 4 weeks. Here is the first blog of this trip. Rainy season The rainy season has really started. We get a good rain every 2 days. It is the time when most of the villagers are in the fields, plowing, seeding, weeding. Above pictures... Read more...
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Blog Erik: Tijd om conclusies te gaan trekken

Mijn stage hier loopt al bijna ten einde. Maar ook nu maak ik nog steeds nieuwe dingen mee. Deze weken staan vooral in het teken van alles uitwerken en een verslag maken voor de organisatie. Dat betekent dat ik vooral in Bobo- Dioulasso ben met hier en daar wat uitstapjes naar dorpen. Deze week ben... Read more...
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Blog Erik: “ASAP werpt haar vruchten af!”

De afgelopen week ben ik in Kofila geweest, een groot dorp waar ik weer 9 boeren heb geïnterviewd en hun velden heb bekeken. Geen enkele boer deed hier eigenlijk iets aan erosie, en dat terwijl hun land al meer dan 40 jaar blootgesteld is aan harde regens. Op woensdag regende het ook overdag, waardoor ik... Read more...
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Blog Erik: “Burkina Faso: Veilig, Vrolijk, Vriendelijk”

De afgelopen week ben ik op reis geweest naar Ouagadougou en Ghana. In Ouagadougou heb ik wat organisaties bezocht en in Ghana een vriendin van mijn zus. Eén van die organisaties in Ouaga was 2iE, een privé universiteit. Zij deden onder andere onderzoek naar dripirrigatie. Dit lijkt een efficiënte manier van irrigeren en dat is... Read more...
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Blog: latrines, preschools & rural medical center of Bona

Here we are. This is my last blog for this trip. Tuesday (april 15)  I will be taking a plane back to The Netherlands. Eugenie has arrived safely in the Netherlands and already left for Arizona to give some support to Thomas (son) whos girlfriend is waiting for a little girl. Aigrettes on the move This... Read more...
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Blog: why did 1/3 of the kids not attend school?

It seems that my inspiration for this week blog is not here. It might be the heat and humidity we have now here or just a little tired after 8 weeks in Burkina. Nice blossom tree in front of the house of the women in Sokourani
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Blog: vegetable gardens, mosquito nets and fishing

Flamboyant tree in full bloom The temperature went up a notch in the past week. Nights are also in the 30oC, we had 45oC in the car coming back from a village on Wednesday. Humidity too is higher from 5 to 10% beginning of March to over 50% now. People seem to think that these... Read more...
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Blog Erik: Het leven in Néfrélaye: Spinnen, thee en zweten!

Ik zal jullie in deze mail meenemen naar Néfrélaye. Een dorp zo’n 70 km van Bobo- Dioulasso. Hier heb de afgelopen week drie dagen gebivakkeerd. Maandagochtend vertrokken we vroeg richting Néfrélaye. Eenmaal aangekomen ontmoette ik mijn tolk, Elias. Daarna heb ik mij gesetteld in het ‘Maison de la Femme’. Elk dorp heeft zo’n huis voor... Read more...
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Blog Hervé: excellent news for the village of Bona

Eugénie has gone back in The Netherlands early in the week. Claire has also gone home yesterday. Erik is the only one I can bother from now on. Some excellent news for the village of Bona We had applied for funding at the Japanese Embassy in Burkina for a rural medical center for the village... Read more...
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Blog Hervé: Manipulating statistics, news on projects and more..

Another week gone! Some changes in the weather, drastic increases in humidity and we thought that it was going to rain. The rains of this period are called mango rains. They come at the time that mangoes are starting to be ripe and they clean the dust out of them. Children pick the mangoes off... Read more...
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Blog Erik: Stage in Burkina Faso: Leerzaam en gezellig!

Ik heb de afgelopen twee weken 10 boeren geïnterviewd in Sokourani, een dorp zo’n 60 kilometer van Bobo- Dioulasso. Eén van de vragen was bijvoorbeeld: Heeft u de laatste jaren erosie op uw veld ervaren? Erosie is een verschijnsel waarbij (een deel van) de bodem wegspoelt wanneer het regent. Een vervolgvraag was: Welke maatregelen neemt... Read more...
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Blog Claire: First impressions and adventures

As Erik did, I will start by introducing myself. My name is Claire van der Wal, I am 18 years old and I will be helping out ASAP during 2 months (of which 1 has already passed) in Bobo Dioulasso, working on different projects I will describe later on in my blog. I have had... Read more...
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Blog: insecticide, bush fires and birds

Blossoming tree Chemical or natural insecticide? Last week we had to treat the trees of around our house against “white fly (mouche blanche)”. Our mangos trees, cashew tree and others where losing their fruits. This seems to be a major problem for a lot of trees and crops.
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Blog Erik: Het levendige Bobo en het rustige platteland

Het levendige Bobo en het rustige platteland Ik zal mij eerst even voorstellen: Ik ben Erik Bos en ben 20 jaar en studeer aan de Wageningen Universiteit Internationaal Land- en Waterbeheer. Ik doe een stage van drie maanden bij ASAP. Tijdens mijn stage probeer ik uit te zoeken wat boeren doen om hun land te... Read more...
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Blog: different perspective on life and more..

The Harmatan (trade winds or alizés in French) is in full blast at the moment. Very hazy days with a lot of dust in the air. The atmosphere is very dry and a lot people are coughing. The temperature is slowly going up in the day (we had 37oC yesterday in the day time), especially... Read more...
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Blog: trip to Ouagadougou

Typical landscape at this time of the year in the villages Yesterday, Eugenie arrived from The Netherlands. Since I had some business to attend to in the capital Ouagadougou I travelled Friday afternoon from Bobo Dioulasso. Trip to Ouagadougou was long but without any problems. It seems that it is not possible to have a... Read more...
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Blog: Hervé is back in Burkina Faso for 9 weeks

Back in Burkina for almost 9 weeks on Wednesday. Hope you will enjoy some of the stories in the coming blogs.
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Blog 3 November 2013

This will be the last message of this trip. Today there will be a solar eclipse for about 4 hours. It does not seem to trouble much the people here. The danger is for those who look at the eclipse without protection. For the lunar eclipse it is another story. People here are saying that... Read more...
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Blog 27 October 2013

On Monday of the past week, Eugénie left Bobo Dioulasso to go back to The Netherlands. For me I have one more week left in Burkina Faso. It is the period of harvest in the villages. It has started with the peanuts and the beans, followed by the cotton, corn and sorghum, last will be... Read more...
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Blog 20 October 2013

Eugenie will be going back to Ouagadougou tomorrow morning to fly on Tuesday to The Netherlands. I will stay an additional two weeks here. We have sold our house in Naarden and are moving to a smaller appartment in Huizen a town nearby. The move is planned for November 21st and 22nd. Smart from me to... Read more...
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Blog 13 October 2013

In the blog of last week, I forgot to mention that we had attended a lecture on biological food. This was organized by a small food shop in Bobo owned by a couple of French people. The lecturer had made is thesis on the use of pesticides in Burkina. Besides the fact that he thought... Read more...
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Blog 6 October 2013

The end of the rainy season is getting close. You can feel it with very strong winds before the rains and the drastic change of temperature after the rain as well as very high humidity. Many people are ill from cold and malaria in this period. 
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Blog 28 July 2013

I am back in The Netherlands since yesterday. Temperature wise, no much difference with Burkina. My biggest surprise is the speed of internet. In Burkina you have time to make yourself a coffee or a tea between clicks, downloading even a small file can find you trying the whole day. This trip I realized that... Read more...
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Blog 21 July 2013

Field work Almost the end of this trip. In the last two weeks Emmanuel our local director was on vacation. I could experience first end some of the situation he is confronted to. It was rather difficult to concentrate on a particular work because of the conversation between other people in the office. A few... Read more...
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Blog 14 July 2013

Nothing much to report from Burkina. With the coming of the rains, a lot of people are busy in the fields. There was a strike in Ouagadougou from the airport employees. Their contract said that they should get some social housing. Since nothing was happening they went on a 2 days strike. No planes in... Read more...
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Blog 7 July 2013

First some news about Burkina.  When you arrive in Bobo Dioulasso from Ouagadougou, the normal 2 ways road becomes a large 4 lanes road separated in the middle by a kind of railing. When they made the road they made it very high in reference to the houses on the side. A large gutter was... Read more...
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Blog 30 June 2013

For technical reasons, the blog of last week will come to you at the same time that this week’s blog. My apologies for that. At the end of last week’s blog, I asked you a question. It will be answered next week. The rainy season is not yet “installed” in Burkina. Rains come about once... Read more...
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Blog 23 June 2013

Outside view of the Foyer of the LAP Back in Burkina for a trip of 6 weeks. I am alone this time. Eugenie stayed in The Netherlands. You will immediately realize it if you are reading this message which has not been corrected by Eugenie. The main objectives at the beginning of this trip are... Read more...
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Blog 19 March 2013

Surprise! I cannot stay away from my blog. Actually, I just wanted to bring some information coming from Burkina. When you are proud of something to have to communicate it. I came back a week ago to The Netherlands and Eugénie staid in Burkina. She has been helping to  prepare the “foyer” of the girls... Read more...
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Blog 10 March 2013

I have come to the end of this trip. Eugénie will stay an additional 2 weeks. This last week was mostly spent in the office. We were working on the development of the social businesses and at the same time we were closing activities which were not sustainable for various reasons.
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Blog 3 March 2013

I know that in Europe the cold weather is still there. Here in Burkina, we have gone without transition to the heat. Day temperature went from 37 to over 40oC and night temperature from 20 to 26oC. We even had some little rain on Thursday which brought humidity. The dust in the air was gone... Read more...
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Blog 24 February 2013

Another week has gone by at a very high speed. A lot of village visits and work in the office. Eugénie and her sister Yvonne have started to open the carton boxes filled with clothes brought in the last container. We have around 200 of them in our garage. A lot of work. The clothes... Read more...
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Blog 17 February 2013

Fourth week of this trip to Burkina. The 3rd week ended sadly  with the death of one of our students at the LAP (private agricultural school). Taking action helps not to think too much. Following this death we tried to find out what was its cause. Taking into account that local health personnel do not... Read more...
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Blog 10 February 2013

Third week for this trip. First some good news for Burkina. They qualified for the final of the African Cup of soccer. I am starting this letter one hour before the start of the game against Nigeria. This qualification has completely energized  people in Burkina. They forget all their difficulties and concentrate on the performance... Read more...
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Blog 3 February 2013

Second week of this trip. A lot of office work: evaluation, discussion about our organization in Burkina, follow up on the social businesses development. The weather is a bit cold for the local people at night (around 20ºC) and warm in the day (above 35ºC). It is very dry and there is a lot of... Read more...
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Blog 27 January 2013

Back in Burkina since one week. Eugénie will be joining me beginning February with Yvonne and Fred (her sister and brother in law). First some information about the country. Beginning of December there were parliamentary and municipal elections. It went rather smoothly. There are some districts, which will have a rerun, in Ouagadougou and Bobo... Read more...
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Blog 18 december 2012

We are coming to the end of 2012 and I just wanted to share with you some of the impressions I had during this year. A lot of positive, pretty and peaceful impressions. Also a lot of changes between seasons. A Pity that changes in the mind of the people take so many seasons. “When... Read more...
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Blog 2 december 2012

  I have just got back in NL today. From 37 to 4oC, it is drastic change. Part of my trip back was by train and I had forgotten how cold the train platforms in NL can be. Today is an election day in Burkina: parliamentary and town halls. Today should be still calm. But... Read more...
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Blog 25 november 2012

Only one week to go in this trip and it will be a busy one. This week has been a bit crazy as well: 4 trips out of Bobo and unloading of the container. On monday evening, we heard that we had to be attending a court case we have against a local merchant. We... Read more...
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Blog 18 November 2012

Some nice view along the road On Monday, Eugénie and Anne left for Ouagadougou to catch a plane on the way back to Europe. They are now safe in The Netherlands in the cold. The house feels rather empty. Parliamentary and mayors elections will be on December 2nd. The campaign has started. Young adults without... Read more...
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Blog 11 November 2012

This week flew by. Gerard and Hans left on Tuesday and we took them to Ouagadougou with Emmanuel. We are looking for an assistant for Emmanuel and we are using a head hunter from Ouagadougou for this. We had 3 candidates to interview on Wednesday morning. Unfortunately we did not find what we are looking... Read more...
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Blog 4 November 2012

Hans and Gerard at the arrival in Fina Another week has gone by. The 1st of November was a free day here (all saints day). This gave me the time to rest a little bit. Emmanuel (our local director) went to Ouagadougou (capital of Burkina Faso) to welcome Gerard and Hans van Kesteren. Gerard and... Read more...
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Blog 28 October 2012

Young men from Oualana. Rains are still coming once a week which is rather late for where we are. This is good for some farmers who have seeded late but bad for others who have harvested and do not have  a proper place to store their products. In Europe we throw away more than 30%... Read more...
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Blog 28 October 2012

  Young men from Oualana. Rains are still coming once a week which is rather late for where we are. This is good for some farmers who have seeded late but bad for others who have harvested and do not have  a proper place to store their products. In Europe we throw away more than... Read more...
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Blog 21 October 2012

Women of Sokourani Our first visit this week was for the village of Sokourani. As outsiders,  we realize that there is  a lot of difficulties between the leaders of this village. Difficulty of communication, difficulty in setting up  one way for the development of the village.  What makes it more difficult is that the leaders... Read more...
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Blog 21 October 2012

Our first visit this week was for the village of Sokourani. As outsiders,  we realize that there is  a lot of difficulties between the leaders of this village. Difficulty of communication, difficulty in setting up  one way for the development of the village.  What makes it more difficult is that the leaders have all family... Read more...
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Blog 14 October 2012

No rain for over a week now and the temperature has risen to 38oC with a very high humidity.  Any activity brings sweat. Burkina Faso is not really a country for tourism, but it still has some very nice spots and they are not crowded. This Sunday we want to the “cascades” close to the town... Read more...
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Blog 14 October 2012

No rain for over a week now and the temperature has risen to 38oC with a very high humidity.  Any activity brings sweat. Burkina Faso is not really a country for tourism, but it still has some very nice spots and they are not crowded. This Sunday we want to the “cascades” close to the town... Read more...
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Blog 7 October 2012

We are back in Burkina Faso after 6 weeks in The Netherlands. I will be staying here until the beginning of December and Eugénie until middle of November. In this trip we have with us Louis (Eugénie's brother) and Anne (daughter of friends in NL). First some news about Burkina Faso. You may know that... Read more...
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Blog 7 October 2012

We are back in Burkina Faso after 6 weeks in The Netherlands. I will be staying here until the beginning of December and Eugénie until middle of November. In this trip we have with us Louis (Eugénie’s brother) and Anne (daughter of friends in NL). First some news about Burkina Faso. You may know that... Read more...
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Blog 12 August 2012

Rains are definitely here, they make it difficult for people to commute and roads are getting very difficult to use. But at the same time it brings lavish colors for the vegetation and birds are also very happy with the rain.
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Blog 12 August 2012

Rains are definitely here, they make it difficult for people to commute and roads are getting very difficult to use. But at the same time it brings lavish colors for the vegetation and birds are also very happy with the rain.
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Blog 5 August 2012

It is difficult sometimes to write about our activities here in order for  you to follow / understand what we are doing. I am using names of villages, people which make sense for some of you but which for others are completely strange. Let’s start with the villages where we are active, 10 of them.... Read more...
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Blog 5 August 2012

It is difficult sometimes to write about our activities here in order for  you to follow / understand what we are doing. I am using names of villages, people which make sense for some of you but which for others are completely strange. Let’s start with the villages where we are active, 10 of them.... Read more...
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Blog 29 July 2012

So we are back in Burkina with Eugénie for a 3 weeks stay. It is now the rainy season and we cannot say that rain is missing, at least until today. Since we arrived last weekend 2 heavy rains came down making it very difficult for everybody. Difficult for people to go to work in... Read more...
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Blog 29 July 2012

So we are back in Burkina with Eugénie for a 3 weeks stay. It is now the rainy season and we cannot say that rain is missing, at least until today. Since we arrived last weekend 2 heavy rains came down making it very difficult for everybody. Difficult for people to go to work in... Read more...
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Blog 13 May 2012

We are on our way back to The Netherlands. Yesterday a bus for about 5 hours (airco). About 10 minutes from the arrival in Ouagadougou, the bus stopped and the helper started to take water bottles from the racks above the seats. When you think that they have planned this water is both good (they... Read more...
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Blog 13 May 2012

We are on our way back to The Netherlands. Yesterday a bus for about 5 hours (airco). About 10 minutes from the arrival in Ouagadougou, the bus stopped and the helper started to take water bottles from the racks above the seats. When you think that they have planned this water is both good (they... Read more...
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Blog 6 May 2012

It has been a very busy week with visits to 3 villages and one meeting of women in Bobo. Women in the villages have 2 main picking activities: karité (Shea) nuts and Néré fruits. Shea nuts are mainly picked up between July and August. For the Néré it is April / May. Néré trees are... Read more...
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Blog 29 april 2012

I can see that the weather in Europe is not very nice, some people say miserable. In Burkina it is getting warmer each day. I was in Ouagadougou yesterday and it was difficult to move around. Not a very nice sensation when the piece of paper you are writing on is sticking to your arm!... Read more...
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Blog 29 april 2012

I can see that the weather in Europe is not very nice, some people say miserable. In Burkina it is getting warmer each day. I was in Ouagadougou yesterday and it was difficult to move around. Not a very nice sensation when the piece of paper you are writing on is sticking to your arm!... Read more...
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Blog 22 April 2012

We are back in Burkina Faso with Eugénie for 4 weeks. It is the hottest time of the year here with above 40oC temperature and menacing clouds which only increase the humidity. In the villages it is time to start working in the fields: cleaning the previously cultivated ones or to clear new ones. It... Read more...
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Blog 22 April 2012

We are back in Burkina Faso with Eugénie for 4 weeks. It is the hottest time of the year here with above 40oC temperature and menacing clouds which only increase the humidity. In the villages it is time to start working in the fields: cleaning the previously cultivated ones or to clear new ones. It... Read more...
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Blog 12 February 2012

Yesterday I took the bus to come to Ouagadougou (Capital of Burkina) in order to take my plane on Sunday. Normally Eugénie was supposed to come also, but because of the critical situation with Arnaud, she decided to stay in Bobo Dioulasso. She called me this morning at 1 am to tell me that Arnaud... Read more...
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Blog 12 February 2012

Yesterday I took the bus to come to Ouagadougou (Capital of Burkina) in order to take my plane on Sunday. Normally Eugénie was supposed to come also, but because of the critical situation with Arnaud, she decided to stay in Bobo Dioulasso. She called me this morning at 1 am to tell me that Arnaud... Read more...
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Blog 5th of February 2012

As temperatures in Europe are suddenly very low, temperature in Burkina are suddenly increasing. It is here the dry season which goes from October to late May. We are just at the middle and it is the time of the Harmattan wind (dry, dusty wind coming from the Sahara desert). Our friend Arnaud is getting... Read more...
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Blog 5th of February 2012

As temperatures in Europe are suddenly very low, temperature in Burkina are suddenly increasing. It is here the dry season which goes from October to late May. We are just at the middle and it is the time of the Harmattan wind (dry, dusty wind coming from the Sahara desert). Our friend Arnaud is getting... Read more...
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Blog 29 januari 2012

First some news about Arnaud. On Wednesday Arnaud was brought back home from the hospital. At least he is among his love ones and for Lydie she can take care of him and at the same time look after the kids. We were looking for an hospital bed. Not easy, you cannot just Google “rent... Read more...
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Blog 29 januari 2012

First some news about Arnaud. On Wednesday Arnaud was brought back home from the hospital. At least he is among his love ones and for Lydie she can take care of him and at the same time look after the kids. We were looking for an hospital bed. Not easy, you cannot just Google “rent... Read more...
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Blog 22 januari 2012

First trip to Burkina in 2012. The mood on this trip is first sadness. We have been following and trying to help (mainly Eugénie) the health problem of a person close to us. We are now here and it is to find out that Arnaud(42) only has weeks to live.  Two months ago, from The... Read more...
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Blog 22 januari 2012

First trip to Burkina in 2012. The mood on this trip is first sadness. We have been following and trying to help (mainly Eugénie) the health problem of a person close to us. We are now here and it is to find out that Arnaud(42) only has weeks to live.  Two months ago, from The... Read more...
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Blog 6 November 2011

Surprise! Another message. I could not resist sending you two additional stories coming out of this last trip to Burkina Faso. Secondary school teachers in private schools in Bobo Dioulasso:Most private school founders are business people. They are not interested in the education part but in money coming from education. For example the director we... Read more...
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Blog 6 November 2011

Surprise! Another message. I could not resist sending you two additional stories coming out of this last trip to Burkina Faso. Secondary school teachers in private schools in Bobo Dioulasso:Most private school founders are business people. They are not interested in the education part but in money coming from education. For example the director we... Read more...
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Blog 30 October 2011

We are at the end of our stay in Burkina. Thursday we will travel to Ouagadougou and Friday night we’ll take the plane to go to Amsterdam via Paris. It is still rather hot here and rains have stopped. At the beginning of this trip, farmers were not happy with the rains, but were hoping... Read more...
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Blog 30 October 2011

We are at the end of our stay in Burkina. Thursday we will travel to Ouagadougou and Friday night we'll take the plane to go to Amsterdam via Paris. It is still rather hot here and rains have stopped. At the beginning of this trip, farmers were not happy with the rains, but were hoping... Read more...
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Blog 23 October 2011

Monday Eugénie arrived in Ouagadougou from Europe. Désiré had to deliver 100kg of Shea butter in Ouagadougou to be sent to Canada also on Monday. So Tuesday Eugénie, Désiré, the wife of Emmanuel and their son came down to Bobo Dioulasso. On The first part of the tripl (until Boromo) the road is very bad... Read more...
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Blog 23 October 2011

Monday Eugénie arrived in Ouagadougou from Europe. Désiré had to deliver 100kg of Shea butter in Ouagadougou to be sent to Canada also on Monday. So Tuesday Eugénie, Désiré, the wife of Emmanuel and their son came down to Bobo Dioulasso. On The first part of the tripl (until Boromo) the road is very bad... Read more...
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Blog 16 October 2011

We are investing time and money in villages in Burkina for almost 15 years! We understand that there is a lot of questions on the efficiency of the investment made for development: inefficiency, corruption… Another major problem is measurement of results. Some are easy (number of kids in school) some are not (how many kids... Read more...
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Blog 16 October 2011

We are investing time and money in villages in Burkina for almost 15 years! We understand that there is a lot of questions on the efficiency of the investment made for development: inefficiency, corruption… Another major problem is measurement of results. Some are easy (number of kids in school) some are not (how many kids... Read more...
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Blog 8 October 2011

So the LAP (agricultural secondary school) is officially opened. It means that the lectures have started. No bands or cutting of ribbon, no speeches, only children with teachers and  a few of us to see it happening. Low key. We have also the official authorisation of opening the school. Very often private school will take... Read more...
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Blog 8 October 2011

So the LAP (agricultural secondary school) is officially opened. It means that the lectures have started. No bands or cutting of ribbon, no speeches, only children with teachers and  a few of us to see it happening. Low key. We have also the official authorisation of opening the school. Very often private school will take... Read more...
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Blog 2 October 2011

This new trip to Burkina will be for 6 weeks. It will be a very intensive trip since large projects are starting up and since we have also new personnel starting in Burkina. Let’s start with ASAP in Bobo Dioulasso. Since the 26th of September, Emmanuel Sam is our new manager in Burkina. Désiré will... Read more...
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Blog 2 October 2011

This new trip to Burkina will be for 6 weeks. It will be a very intensive trip since large projects are starting up and since we have also new personnel starting in Burkina. Let's start with ASAP in Bobo Dioulasso. Since the 26th of September, Emmanuel Sam is our new manager in Burkina. Désiré will... Read more...
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Blog 17 juli 2011

Back in Burkina since almost 2 weeks now. Time for some news! The situation is calm here after a lot of problems in the streets created mainly by the military people. Some sanctions have been taken recently. One of which is to expel over 500 militaries. Question everybody asked is : what will those expelled... Read more...
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Blog 17 juli 2011

Back in Burkina since almost 2 weeks now. Time for some news! The situation is calm here after a lot of problems in the streets created mainly by the military people. Some sanctions have been taken recently. One of which is to expel over 500 militaries. Question everybody asked is : what will those expelled... Read more...
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Blog 1 mei 2011

I am back in theNetherlandssince this morning. I came viaBamakoinMalisince it is still not quiet inOuagadougou. The situation was calmer for a few days, and then the police decided to go and shoot in the air as well. They had seen that the militaries got something out of it b doing it this way, so... Read more...
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Blog 1 mei 2011

I am back in theNetherlandssince this morning. I came viaBamakoinMalisince it is still not quiet inOuagadougou. The situation was calmer for a few days, and then the police decided to go and shoot in the air as well. They had seen that the militaries got something out of it b doing it this way, so... Read more...
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Blog 24 april 2011

Burkina Fasohas been calm in the past week. A new government has been put in place but without many changes in the people and directions. The apparent impunity of the militaries who took arms out of their compounds, shot in the streets and loot shops is not a very good example. The opposition calls for... Read more...
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Blog 24 april 2011

Burkina Fasohas been calm in the past week. A new government has been put in place but without many changes in the people and directions. The apparent impunity of the militaries who took arms out of their compounds, shot in the streets and loot shops is not a very good example. The opposition calls for... Read more...
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Blog 17 april 2011

I have left home since almost 2 weeks now. A few days inGhanaand then to Burkina. I was joined in Burkina by Nicola. Nicola is working at ASAP in NL for our communication and fundraising. Since a few days we found ourselves in a strange situation. In the North of the country, mainly in the... Read more...
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Blog 17 april 2011

I have left home since almost 2 weeks now. A few days inGhanaand then to Burkina. I was joined in Burkina by Nicola. Nicola is working at ASAP in NL for our communication and fundraising. Since a few days we found ourselves in a strange situation. In the North of the country, mainly in the... Read more...
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Blog 20 februari 2011

This will be our last message for this trip. Hope you are still finding some motivation to read it. Hortense: Everything looks good; she has decided to go back to school. We will take her with us on Tuesday on our way toOuagadougou. It is a bit spooky to realize that she got sick when... Read more...
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Blog 20 februari 2011

This will be our last message for this trip. Hope you are still finding some motivation to read it. Hortense: Everything looks good; she has decided to go back to school. We will take her with us on Tuesday on our way toOuagadougou. It is a bit spooky to realize that she got sick when... Read more...
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Blog 14 februari 2011

First some news about Hortense. She came out of the medical clinic on Wednesday. The pus is coming less that before. However, a check up on Saturday shows still too much pus coming out for the taste of Eugénie. But she is eating very well and is also regaining some strength. This week was busy... Read more...
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Blog 14 februari 2011

First some news about Hortense. She came out of the medical clinic on Wednesday. The pus is coming less that before. However, a check up on Saturday shows still too much pus coming out for the taste of Eugénie. But she is eating very well and is also regaining some strength. This week was busy... Read more...
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Blog 7 februari 2011

You remember that Hortense had surgery last Sunday. It went fine and she was back home on Tuesday. Unfortunately she had to get back to the clinic where she is until today. Pus was still coming out of the wound and she had to be put on perfusion again. This was not very positive. On... Read more...
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Blog 7 februari 2011

You remember that Hortense had surgery last Sunday. It went fine and she was back home on Tuesday. Unfortunately she had to get back to the clinic where she is until today. Pus was still coming out of the wound and she had to be put on perfusion again. This was not very positive. On... Read more...
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Blog 30 januari 2011

Already end of January. Time flies. Hortense came out of the clinic on Tuesday. There was very little improvement in her health. She still had problems to eat and drink. A lot of pus was still coming out of the drain she has. Yesterday Eugénie took her back for another check up. The surgeon decided... Read more...
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Blog 30 januari 2011

Already end of January. Time flies. Hortense came out of the clinic on Tuesday. There was very little improvement in her health. She still had problems to eat and drink. A lot of pus was still coming out of the drain she has. Yesterday Eugénie took her back for another check up. The surgeon decided... Read more...

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    Women in Burkina Faso are not rarely relying on themselves. In doing so they have children, on average even seven per woman, for whom food, hygienic living conditions and education is needed. To create self sufficiency the have 'un petit commerce ': a business that they are running by themselves to generate revenue.

    Women in rural areas in Burkina Faso have sufficient knowledge and ideas for such a Petit Commerce:

    These women often are missing the required funds to start their own project. The ASAP foundation provides annual micro credit to women associations in the supported villages in Burkina Faso.