Along the muddy road

Situation in Burkina

You have heard about the killing of civilians in the North of the country a few weeks ago. The area where this happened is a gold digging area. A lot of children are going to this place expecting to make fortune. Often they are also exploited.

It seems that the attack which killed over 100 people was done by children from 12 to 14 years old. They were organised (not clear by whom) to get revenge on people who had exploited them. The targeted families were identified by girls.

In general, when civilians are targeted it is or revenge or an ethnical conflict.

The government have been powerless in front of such situations.

3 children ploughing the field of their family. Is this child labour?

Child labour?

First question is: What does the father during this time? Probably working in another field.

Second question is: Is the father getting cash out of the children’s work? The answer is no, the labour is to produce food for the whole family.

Third question is: Does it stop the children to attend school? No, this work is done during the school holydays.

Finally: Are the children forced to do the work? Most of the time children enjoy to do this time of work even if this is heavy at times. They also learn something they will have to do for themselves if they stay in the village.

In this case I will answer that this is not child labour.

Time for state exams for the 4th and 6th year students of the LAP

Our students had to go a school about 9km from the LAP to pass their exam.

Logistic was not easy. Out of the 75 studenst only 28 had bicycles. We had to hire tricycles to take the students to the lalce of the exam. First group leaving at 5 am.

Some of the students with bicycles prefered to take the tricycles which made it very crowded.

The 27 students of the 6th year passing the BEP Agricole were assigned a very dark room, specially since in the morning it was very cloudy. We had to bring a solar lamp from the LAP to help the students.

Results will come Wednesday June 30th

Moringa Oliveira

Moringa Oliveira flower and leaves

Moringa pods

100 grammes fresh Moringa leaves contains

Vitamine A 19 mg
Vitamine C 17,4 mg
Calcium 2.015 mg
Iron 28,3 mg
Potassium 1.332 mg
Protein 27,2 grammes

The Moringa is a miracle tree which should be planted ever where we can. Unfortunately wandering animals also like it very much. It grows about 30 cm per month.

Quotes of the week

Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.Chinese Proverb

Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. Mother Teresa

 Have a nice smiley week,


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