After a 7 months absence, forced by covid, I returned to Burkina one week ago. Re adaptation to the country is not too difficult besides for the temperature. Some rains have fallen increasing the humidity making the 37 to 40°C feel like much more.

The traffic on the roads still amaze me with all those accidented and broken trucks along the way. If the economic development is measured by the increase of traffic jams, the towns are definitely in development. Even in Bobo Dioulasso, it is difficult to move around at certain times of the day.

Anyway it is nice to be back and to see the familiar faces at our house and at work.

Flamboyant tree in front of our door

News from the LAP

I spent the weekend at the LAP. At the end of next month there will be the national exams for the 4th and  6th year. The students of 5th and 7th year will finish at the end of this week. After 2 weeks of holidays, they will start their internships on June 15th.

Students working in the shadow on Sunday

For 1st, 2nd and 3rd year, the lectures will go on until June 5th. Then they will have 3 types of activities: working in the fields, computer lectures and practices and animation (dance, theatre, singing). This will help them to prepare the closing ceremony on July 6th.

The 6th year also had to present their report on the internship they did last year. It went well. The grade of this presentation is part of BEP exam they will pass at the end of June.

The 24 students of the 7th year passed their driving licence. So far 21 have got it. We hope that the last 3 will have it on their next attempt.

World Menstruation Hygiene Day 28th May 2021

Awareness for menstruation and protection for  is a very important part to empower girls / women. This is very true specially in the country side.

Our action on  Instagram: @protect__her__period

Our goal is to provide education to 4.000 girls / women and provide 2.000 girls/women with washable protections.

Do you want to help us to reach our goals?

Thank you in advance!

African grape tree

Lannea Microcarpa is a tree which fruits looks like grapes. It is sold along the main roads by children.

The dried and pulverized aerial parts of the plant are used on intercostal scarification for pain relief and are administered internally against colic. The leaves, bark, roots and fruits treat dysentery, sore throats, canker sores, rheumatism. These same parts of the plant can also treat boils.

Some pictures along the way

Sunset at the Secondary Agricultural School (LAP)

Sunrise at the Secondary Agricultural School (LAP)

Red kite

Proverbs of the week

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money.” – Indian proverb

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Have a nice week,

Hervé

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