It looks like a good time to send you some news about Burkina Faso and our projects there.
Situation in Burkina
Some brutal attacks of terrorists in the North of the country have shown some major dysfunctions in the army. The President decided to make a change of prime minister and also most of the old military generals.
Now we have to wait and see if the new leaders in charge will bring a difference and restore peace. Meanwhile the village and neighbouring ones where Odile comes from, have been visited by the terrorists. Habitants of those villages are now part of the over 1.200.000 displaced people in Burkina. To help them a little bit we have sent them the second hand clothes which had arrived with our last container.
So as in all the other countries prices of goods are drastically increasing: construction and food mainly. Life is getting harder and harder in Burkina.
For example price of corn has multiplied by 2 in the last 18 months. Bad harvests and unscrupulous merchants are bad combination.
Recognition of the activities of ASAP in Burkina Faso
ASAP was honoured to receive the medal of “chevalier de l’Ordre de l’Etalon”. Odile also received a “trophée” at the Honey Fair in Ouagadougou.
We are lucky that the villages where we are active are still safe to travel to for the ASAP staff.
The construction of a medical centre and latrines at the school in Sipigui are the main projects of infrastructure that are happening at the moment.
Another major project on the economical side is for beekeeping. APPA and 8 cooperatives got funding to develop this beekeeping project. This means 1.350 new hives for 90 beekeepers from which 50% are women, construction of a new building to process the raw honey with new equipment and a small truck. This is a project started in 2019!!! It has and will demand a lot of work from our staff in Burkina.
Activities at the LAP
Students went on vacation on December 20th and are back on January 4th. For the first quarter, results of the students were rather good.
Just before the school break, a medical team visited the LAP to vaccinate students above 18 years old (70) and the permanent staff (13). Vaccines were Pfizer and Sinofarma. The second injection will be given mid-January 22.
A major difficulty we have at the LAP this year is the increase of the prices of food. We are trying to produce ourselves as much as we can, but it is not enough to feed 303 adolescents students.
Within one year the costs to feed the students has increased by 30%!!! Since food costs is 22% of our budget it is getting difficult to balance our budget. Any help or additional financial help will be most welcome.
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Saying of this period
“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” – Buddha
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King
Hope you are in good health,