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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 words and now we can concentrate on our work. People come to the office to chat. After asking them if they had nothing to do their visit stopped. Due to the African culture, it is difficult to tell somebody else to move on without thinking that you are offending him.

In the villages people do not tell each other the truth. They are afraid. Mostly afraid to have a bad fate put on them but also to be poisoned. This is not only in the villages, but also in town. I already related the story of a man in the village of Yessora who was a bit too arrogant about the fact that he had brought ASAP in the village to build the school when another family had not succeed with another association. It costs him his life. Everybody in the village knows who sponsored the poisoning, but nothing is done about it!!! More recently a person who owns ASAP a lot of money (bags of corn not paid) was put in jail. The nonpayment to us seems to be linked with deal he had with higher authorities. This person became very ill and he died 10 days ago. Rumor said that he was poisoned so that he does not talk about the deal he had. 
True or not true? In any case it scares people to tell somebody else what he thinks of somebody else and this does not help in getting things done. In Toungana for example only one of the groups had dig its part of the hole for the latrine of the new school. The other 3 groups did not came. The consequence is that the contractor was finished with the school and the hole was not ready. The group who performs did not dare to act on the other groups because of fear of what can happened then. Question is who has the strongest fetish.
I remember another story about fruit trees. Some of the trees are along the road, far from any houses. I asked somebody if the owner of the trees had any chance to collect the fruits or if people were stealing them. The answer was that the trees had a fate put on them which make that the one stealing the fruit cannot go away and turned around the tree until the owner comes. Very dissuasive story which probably stop a lot of stealing.
We have received 3 weeks ago a container which was sent from The Netherlands before I came to Burkina. It takes some time to sort everything out. Items in the container where for the LAP (our secondary agricultural school), some for a future medical dispensary in Bona for which we are still looking for 50% of the funds needed. If you know any funding possibilities for this medical center do not hesitate to contact us.
Our garage is full so is the storage place at our office. Some work for Eugenie to sort cloths and miscellaneous on our next trip.
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Wednesday we went to Fina to inspect the 19 gardens which had been set up for women. We also took the opportunity to bring the trees: per garden 4 moringa trees and 4 papaya, the 4 peppers plants will be distributed later on.
The Moringa is called the miracle tree, it has a lot of good qualities (www.miracletrees.org) mainly for nutrition purposes. The papayas are also very good for the intestine and if there are enough of them the women can make some money with it. The peppers plant is mainly to have products to sell on the market.
blog-21-07-2013-3
blog-21-07-2013-5Most of the plants are grown in the garden of the LAP.
Right some nice peppers soon in the garden of the women, under moringa and papaya delivered to Fina.
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Some gardens in Fina. The garden just above the text was set up at the place where the women were sorting out the sorghum. Results: the animal cannot reach the plants and the garden is full of beautiful sorghum plants.
 
 
 
 
 
 
blog-21-07-2013-11

Other use of the garden fence!

We took this opportunity to look at the construction of the nursery school of Fina. It will open in October 2013 with we hope 80 children.

blog-21-07-2013-12
Besides one of the garden, one mother with a 28 days baby and another one making shea butter.

blog-21-07-2013-13

On Saturday and Sunday we went with Odile to bring equipment and to mount tables we have received with the container.
blog-21-07-2013-14
Issa one of our scholarship holder working in making the foundation of the new classroom at the LAP. This will help his parents to pay for the school fees.
We took advantage of this time to walk around the LAP and with guidance of Macaire (Agronomy teacher), we have been able to see many “shrubs” with many medical properties. I do not know the name of all them, but there are a lot.

blog-21-07-2013-15 blog-21-07-2013-16

 

blog-21-07-2013-17 blog-21-07-2013-18

Various fruits and flower from shrubs at the LAP and surrounding.

blog-21-07-2013-19 blog-21-07-2013-20
Balanites fruits produce oil for soap Tribala (roots good against malaria)

blog-21-07-2013-21 
Many fruits, flower on the ground of the LAP and many birds on the way back to Bobo.
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blog-21-07-2013-24
blog-21-07-2013-25

The return of the red bird.

This will be all for this time.
Saying of the week:
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. “Mahatma Gandhi”
La terre fournit assez pour satisfaire les besoins de chacun, mais pas l’avidité de chaque homme. “Mahatma Gandhi”
Take care.
Hervé[:en]

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 words and now we can concentrate on our work. People come to the office to chat. After asking them if they had nothing to do their visit stopped. Due to the African culture, it is difficult to tell somebody else to move on without thinking that you are offending him.

In the villages people do not tell each other the truth. They are afraid. Mostly afraid to have a bad fate put on them but also to be poisoned. This is not only in the villages, but also in town. I already related the story of a man in the village of Yessora who was a bit too arrogant about the fact that he had brought ASAP in the village to build the school when another family had not succeed with another association. It costs him his life. Everybody in the village knows who sponsored the poisoning, but nothing is done about it!!! More recently a person who owns ASAP a lot of money (bags of corn not paid) was put in jail. The nonpayment to us seems to be linked with deal he had with higher authorities. This person became very ill and he died 10 days ago. Rumor said that he was poisoned so that he does not talk about the deal he had. 

True or not true? In any case it scares people to tell somebody else what he thinks of somebody else and this does not help in getting things done. In Toungana for example only one of the groups had dig its part of the hole for the latrine of the new school. The other 3 groups did not came. The consequence is that the contractor was finished with the school and the hole was not ready. The group who performs did not dare to act on the other groups because of fear of what can happened then. Question is who has the strongest fetish.

I remember another story about fruit trees. Some of the trees are along the road, far from any houses. I asked somebody if the owner of the trees had any chance to collect the fruits or if people were stealing them. The answer was that the trees had a fate put on them which make that the one stealing the fruit cannot go away and turned around the tree until the owner comes. Very dissuasive story which probably stop a lot of stealing.

We have received 3 weeks ago a container which was sent from The Netherlands before I came to Burkina. It takes some time to sort everything out. Items in the container where for the LAP (our secondary agricultural school), some for a future medical dispensary in Bona for which we are still looking for 50% of the funds needed. If you know any funding possibilities for this medical center do not hesitate to contact us.

Our garage is full so is the storage place at our office. Some work for Eugenie to sort cloths and miscellaneous on our next trip.

blog-21-07-2013-2

Wednesday we went to Fina to inspect the 19 gardens which had been set up for women. We also took the opportunity to bring the trees: per garden 4 moringa trees and 4 papaya, the 4 peppers plants will be distributed later on.

The Moringa is called the miracle tree, it has a lot of good qualities (www.miracletrees.org) mainly for nutrition purposes. The papayas are also very good for the intestine and if there are enough of them the women can make some money with it. The peppers plant is mainly to have products to sell on the market.

blog-21-07-2013-3

blog-21-07-2013-5Most of the plants are grown in the garden of the LAP.

Right some nice peppers soon in the garden of the women, under moringa and papaya delivered to Fina.

blog-21-07-2013-4

 

blog-21-07-2013-6blog-21-07-2013-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blog-21-07-2013-8 blog-21-07-2013-9

 

blog-21-07-2013-10

Some gardens in Fina. The garden just above the text was set up at the place where the women were sorting out the sorghum. Results: the animal cannot reach the plants and the garden is full of beautiful sorghum plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

blog-21-07-2013-11

Other use of the garden fence!

We took this opportunity to look at the construction of the nursery school of Fina. It will open in October 2013 with we hope 80 children.

blog-21-07-2013-12
Besides one of the garden, one mother with a 28 days baby and another one making shea butter.

blog-21-07-2013-13

On Saturday and Sunday we went with Odile to bring equipment and to mount tables we have received with the container.

blog-21-07-2013-14
Issa one of our scholarship holder working in making the foun
dation of the new classroom at the LAP. This will help his parents to pay for the school fees.

We took advantage of this time to walk around the LAP and with guidance of Macaire (Agronomy teacher), we have been able to see many “shrubs” with many medical properties. I do not know the name of all them, but there are a lot.

blog-21-07-2013-15 blog-21-07-2013-16

 

blog-21-07-2013-17 blog-21-07-2013-18

Various fruits and flower from shrubs at the LAP and surrounding.

blog-21-07-2013-19 blog-21-07-2013-20
Balanites fruits produce oil for soap Tribala (roots good against malaria)

blog-21-07-2013-21 

Many fruits, flower on the ground of the LAP and many birds on the way back to Bobo.

blog-21-07-2013-22

 

blog-21-07-2013-23

blog-21-07-2013-24

blog-21-07-2013-25

The return of the red bird.

This will be all for this time.

Saying of the week:

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. “Mahatma Gandhi”
La terre fournit assez pour satisfaire les besoins de chacun, mais pas l’avidité de chaque homme. “Mahatma Gandhi”

Take care.
Hervé

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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 words and now we can concentrate on our work. People come to the office to chat. After asking them if they had nothing to do their visit stopped. Due to the African culture, it is difficult to tell somebody else to move on without thinking that you are offending him.

In the villages people do not tell each other the truth. They are afraid. Mostly afraid to have a bad fate put on them but also to be poisoned. This is not only in the villages, but also in town. I already related the story of a man in the village of Yessora who was a bit too arrogant about the fact that he had brought ASAP in the village to build the school when another family had not succeed with another association. It costs him his life. Everybody in the village knows who sponsored the poisoning, but nothing is done about it!!! More recently a person who owns ASAP a lot of money (bags of corn not paid) was put in jail. The nonpayment to us seems to be linked with deal he had with higher authorities. This person became very ill and he died 10 days ago. Rumor said that he was poisoned so that he does not talk about the deal he had. 

True or not true? In any case it scares people to tell somebody else what he thinks of somebody else and this does not help in getting things done. In Toungana for example only one of the groups had dig its part of the hole for the latrine of the new school. The other 3 groups did not came. The consequence is that the contractor was finished with the school and the hole was not ready. The group who performs did not dare to act on the other groups because of fear of what can happened then. Question is who has the strongest fetish.

I remember another story about fruit trees. Some of the trees are along the road, far from any houses. I asked somebody if the owner of the trees had any chance to collect the fruits or if people were stealing them. The answer was that the trees had a fate put on them which make that the one stealing the fruit cannot go away and turned around the tree until the owner comes. Very dissuasive story which probably stop a lot of stealing.

We have received 3 weeks ago a container which was sent from The Netherlands before I came to Burkina. It takes some time to sort everything out. Items in the container where for the LAP (our secondary agricultural school), some for a future medical dispensary in Bona for which we are still looking for 50% of the funds needed. If you know any funding possibilities for this medical center do not hesitate to contact us.

Our garage is full so is the storage place at our office. Some work for Eugenie to sort cloths and miscellaneous on our next trip.

blog-21-07-2013-2

Wednesday we went to Fina to inspect the 19 gardens which had been set up for women. We also took the opportunity to bring the trees: per garden 4 moringa trees and 4 papaya, the 4 peppers plants will be distributed later on.

The Moringa is called the miracle tree, it has a lot of good qualities (www.miracletrees.org) mainly for nutrition purposes. The papayas are also very good for the intestine and if there are enough of them the women can make some money with it. The peppers plant is mainly to have products to sell on the market.

blog-21-07-2013-3

blog-21-07-2013-5Most of the plants are grown in the garden of the LAP.

Right some nice peppers soon in the garden of the women, under moringa and papaya delivered to Fina.

blog-21-07-2013-4

 

blog-21-07-2013-6blog-21-07-2013-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blog-21-07-2013-8 blog-21-07-2013-9

 

blog-21-07-2013-10

Some gardens in Fina. The garden just above the text was set up at the place where the women were sorting out the sorghum. Results: the animal cannot reach the plants and the garden is full of beautiful sorghum plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

blog-21-07-2013-11

Other use of the garden fence!

We took this opportunity to look at the construction of the nursery school of Fina. It will open in October 2013 with we hope 80 children.

blog-21-07-2013-12
Besides one of the garden, one mother with a 28 days baby and another one making shea butter.

blog-21-07-2013-13

On Saturday and Sunday we went with Odile to bring equipment and to mount tables we have received with the container.

blog-21-07-2013-14
Issa one of our scholarship holder working in making the foundation of the new classroom at the LAP. This will help his parents to pay for the school fees.

We took advantage of this time to walk around the LAP and with guidance of Macaire (Agronomy teacher), we have been able to see many “shrubs” with many medical properties. I do not know the name of all them, but there are a lot.

blog-21-07-2013-15 blog-21-07-2013-16

 

blog-21-07-2013-17 blog-21-07-2013-18

Various fruits and flower from shrubs at the LAP and surrounding.

blog-21-07-2013-19 blog-21-07-2013-20
Balanites fruits produce oil for soap Tribala (roots good against malaria)

blog-21-07-2013-21 

Many fruits, flower on the ground of the LAP and many birds on the way back to Bobo.

blog-21-07-2013-22

 

blog-21-07-2013-23

blog-21-07-2013-24

blog-21-07-2013-25

The return of the red bird.

This will be all for this time.

Saying of the week:

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. “Mahatma Gandhi”
La terre fournit assez pour satisfaire les besoins de chacun, mais pas l’avidité de chaque homme. “Mahatma Gandhi”

Take care.
Hervé

[:de]

Field work

Almost the end of this trip. In the last two weeks Emmanuel our local direc
tor 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 words and now we can concentrate on our work. People come to the office to chat. After asking them if they had nothing to do their visit stopped. Due to the African culture, it is difficult to tell somebody else to move on without thinking that you are offending him.

In the villages people do not tell each other the truth. They are afraid. Mostly afraid to have a bad fate put on them but also to be poisoned. This is not only in the villages, but also in town. I already related the story of a man in the village of Yessora who was a bit too arrogant about the fact that he had brought ASAP in the village to build the school when another family had not succeed with another association. It costs him his life. Everybody in the village knows who sponsored the poisoning, but nothing is done about it!!! More recently a person who owns ASAP a lot of money (bags of corn not paid) was put in jail. The nonpayment to us seems to be linked with deal he had with higher authorities. This person became very ill and he died 10 days ago. Rumor said that he was poisoned so that he does not talk about the deal he had. 

True or not true? In any case it scares people to tell somebody else what he thinks of somebody else and this does not help in getting things done. In Toungana for example only one of the groups had dig its part of the hole for the latrine of the new school. The other 3 groups did not came. The consequence is that the contractor was finished with the school and the hole was not ready. The group who performs did not dare to act on the other groups because of fear of what can happened then. Question is who has the strongest fetish.

I remember another story about fruit trees. Some of the trees are along the road, far from any houses. I asked somebody if the owner of the trees had any chance to collect the fruits or if people were stealing them. The answer was that the trees had a fate put on them which make that the one stealing the fruit cannot go away and turned around the tree until the owner comes. Very dissuasive story which probably stop a lot of stealing.

We have received 3 weeks ago a container which was sent from The Netherlands before I came to Burkina. It takes some time to sort everything out. Items in the container where for the LAP (our secondary agricultural school), some for a future medical dispensary in Bona for which we are still looking for 50% of the funds needed. If you know any funding possibilities for this medical center do not hesitate to contact us.

Our garage is full so is the storage place at our office. Some work for Eugenie to sort cloths and miscellaneous on our next trip.

blog-21-07-2013-2

Wednesday we went to Fina to inspect the 19 gardens which had been set up for women. We also took the opportunity to bring the trees: per garden 4 moringa trees and 4 papaya, the 4 peppers plants will be distributed later on.

The Moringa is called the miracle tree, it has a lot of good qualities (www.miracletrees.org) mainly for nutrition purposes. The papayas are also very good for the intestine and if there are enough of them the women can make some money with it. The peppers plant is mainly to have products to sell on the market.

blog-21-07-2013-3

blog-21-07-2013-5Most of the plants are grown in the garden of the LAP.

Right some nice peppers soon in the garden of the women, under moringa and papaya delivered to Fina.

blog-21-07-2013-4

 

blog-21-07-2013-6blog-21-07-2013-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blog-21-07-2013-8 blog-21-07-2013-9

 

blog-21-07-2013-10

Some gardens in Fina. The garden just above the text was set up at the place where the women were sorting out the sorghum. Results: the animal cannot reach the plants and the garden is full of beautiful sorghum plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

blog-21-07-2013-11

Other use of the garden fence!

We took this opportunity to look at the construction of the nursery school of Fina. It will open in October 2013 with we hope 80 children.

blog-21-07-2013-12
Besides one of the garden, one mother with a 28 days baby and another one making shea butter.

blog-21-07-2013-13

On Saturday and Sunday we went with Odile to bring equipment and to mount tables we have received with the container.

blog-21-07-2013-14
Issa one of our scholarship holder working in making the foundation of the new classroom at the LAP. This will help his parents to pay for the school fees.

We took advantage of this time to walk around the LAP and with guidance of M
acaire (Agronomy teacher), we have been able to see many “shrubs” with many medical properties. I do not know the name of all them, but there are a lot.

blog-21-07-2013-15 blog-21-07-2013-16

 

blog-21-07-2013-17 blog-21-07-2013-18

Various fruits and flower from shrubs at the LAP and surrounding.

blog-21-07-2013-19 blog-21-07-2013-20
Balanites fruits produce oil for soap Tribala (roots good against malaria)

blog-21-07-2013-21 

Many fruits, flower on the ground of the LAP and many birds on the way back to Bobo.

blog-21-07-2013-22

 

blog-21-07-2013-23

blog-21-07-2013-24

blog-21-07-2013-25

The return of the red bird.

This will be all for this time.

Saying of the week:

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. “Mahatma Gandhi”
La terre fournit assez pour satisfaire les besoins de chacun, mais pas l’avidité de chaque homme. “Mahatma Gandhi”

Take care.
Hervé

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