At the end of February-beginning of March, in the middle of the dry season, come what is called the “mango rains”. During the dry season the wind brings a lot of dust and viruses/microbes. Mangos are very appetising for children and they will bite into it even if not completely ripe. They do not wash them and can get sick from the germs. Parents are telling their children that mangos are not good before the “mango rains”.

This is a very strong believe even among adults, even if you tell them that you can wash the mango in order not to be sick.

Mango tree in our yard

Projects in the villages, focus on the nursery school of Fina

We went to visit this nursery school on Wednesday. They have 79 children of 5 years old. It is such a thrill to see all those little ones happy in a safe and learning environment.

The village is composed of several ethnical groups. When looking at the repartition in the nursery school there are 20 Peuhl, 12 Mossi and 47 Bobo. Based on what we know about the village, this is not in proportion of the population from each ethnical group.

If in proportion it should be many more Mossi at the school. The main problem is the distance between the school and the location of the Mossi in the village.

For the Peuhl it is a good number, but the problem is with the gender. Out of 20 children 18 are boys and only 2 are girls. The fathers will send the girls later on to koranic school. They want to make sure that they will not be a problem when they will get married at 13 or 14 years old!!!

This nursery school was realised thanks to “the van Kesteren Foundation”. The fund for the running costs comes from “the Anna Muntz Stichting” and “the Schreuder Foundation”.

News from the LAP:

In March we have finalised the installation of the solar panels on 2 of the pedagogical buildings at the LAP.

This project was funded by “Stichting SUPO”.

We also were able to replace mosquito nets for the students. The feet of our students have quite a lot of callouses which cause holes in the nets. They have needle and thread to repair them, but this can last only for a certain number of years.

This project was funded by “Moment of Joy” and from “private donations”.

Quotes of the week

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. Confucius

”It is impossible” said Pride, “It is risky” said Experience, “It is pointless” said Reason, “Give it a try” whispered the Heart. Judy Schnitger

 Until next week,

Hervé

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