In Europe, the impacts of the corona virus are numerous. It limits our social contacts, our possibilities to travel, which in turn make it difficult to work and study.

In addition, there is now the fear of vaccination: for many the fear of not getting it and for some the fear of being obliged to get it.

In Burkina Faso, the impacts are different. The problem of social contact mainly concerns foreigners who no longer come to Burkina Faso. Many difficulties for people whose work depends on foreigners (artists, charities).

The FESPACO International Film Festival (Africa’s largest TV and cinema event) has just been canceled.

The differences between developed and developing countries are worsening with this pandemic: Internet access to improve virtual contacts is very limited in Africa, the availability of vaccines is also very limited.

All of this should not discourage us from helping local people with better education, better health care and support for their economy.

The story of Alimatou Sangaré  

 ASAP built a primary school in the village of Sokourani in 2002. Alimatou joined this primary school in 2008.

The school of Sokourani in 2004

Alimatou is from the Fulani ethnic group. The Fulani are mainly pastoralists and they are traditionally nomadic.

Very few of their children go to school and especially not the girls who are married very young.

Some Fulani families have settled in Sokourani. They applied for a loan to buy feed for their animals. To motivate them to send their children to school, we have agreed on a loan amount based on the number of Fulani children in school, with a minimum of 50% girls. This is how Alimatou was sent to the primary school in this village.

Alimatou has been a student at the LAP since 2014. She is in the 7th year of an 8-year program.

She is an extraordinary student always at the top of her class.

In her 4th year of school, she became almost completely deaf and blind. Nothing was found to explain these changes by the specialists in Bobo Dioulasso.

Through personal relationships, we were able to use alternative methods that seem to have worked. Alimatou can see and hear almost normally again.

We will do everything we can to help her develop further after the LAP.

Here is a link about Alimatou:

Pictures of a visit to Nefrelaye

Gardening project for women is a real success.

A new covered area was built at the nursery school so that children can play and eat in the shade.

Quotes of the week

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

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