[:nl]It is difficult sometimes to write about our activities here in order for  you to follow / understand what we are doing. I am using names of villages, people which make sense for some of you but which for others are completely strange.
Let’s start with the villages where we are active, 10 of them. They all are situated in the province of Houet and in two rural townships: 5 in Léna and 5 in Satiri. Below is a map to see their locations.

 
Blog-08-08-2012 01
The furthest village is Sissa at 75 km from Bobo Dioulasso and the closest is Bona at 38 km.
Blog-08-08-2012 02
Blog-08-08-2012 03
This past week was busy with a lot of outings to the villages. Tuesday I went with Karim to the farm of the agricultural social business in Sokourani, Wednesday to Kofila to discuss the poor results of their primary school exam and to follow up on some construction work there, Thursday  to the LAP (our private agricultural secondary school) in Oualana and Friday to Nefrelaye to talk about problems which happened in May to the school director.
The farm of the social business called SYS is mainly to produce certified seeds which are used the following year by the farmers members of SYS. 2012 is the first year for of activities with farmers. There are 35 of them whom receive support for 4 hectares (2 of corn and 2 of sesame). Support means field input and mechanization. The heavy rains of July have eroded the fields of the farm.

Corn-fieldCorn field Farmers-working-in-a-peanuts-fieldFarmers working in a peanuts field

One of the 4 tractors of SYS working the land in ASAP farm in MogobassoOne of the 4 tractors of SYS working the land in ASAP farm in Mogobasso
This is the real start for SYS and it is a trial year where we can see if our approach is correct and what needs to be changed.
The visit in Kofila was to discuss the poor results of the primary school. We met with the Parents association and with the local inspector for primary school. In such a meeting it always takes a long time to get people to come to the point, they love to turn around the subject. The conclusion which came out is that both the parents and the local supervisor have part of the responsibility:

  • The parents do not control and follow up on their children. Often children are going to bed after their parents. This is typical of Kofila.
  • The group of children who did not perform this year came from what they call here “a sacrificed class”. When you do not have enough teachers, you make sure that it is always the same group which has no teacher. This was the case of the group passing the exam this year.

Blog-08-08-2012 04
Both parents and local inspector will come back to us with a plan before August 15th to see what could help to get out of this vicious circle.You can almost track the success rate with the coverage of teachers during the 6 years of primary school.
The visit at the LAP in Oualana on Thursday was to set up some new limits to the ground given to us by the village. We want to avoid that people come to settle too close to the LAP and also make sure that the 3rd water well we drilled is included in our grounds.
For this we had to discuss with the elders as well as with the land owners. There was no problem and the geometer could do its work.
Below some pictures of the visit.

Elders and land ownersElders and land owners Joel the guardJoel the guard
 Beehives already populated at the apiaryBeehives already populated at the apiary  Beehive waiting to be brought to the apiaryBeehive waiting to be brought to the apiary

This trip I learned from the agronomy teacher Macaire that a beehive can produce up to 10kg of honey and 1 kg of wax. We should have 12 beehives populated for the first year.

Satellite connection for internetSatellite connection for internet Generator for the LAPGenerator for the LAP
A down hole pump has been installedA down hole pump has been installed on the 3rd well drilled at the LAP. Just waiting for a water tower. Children taking water at lunch timeChildren taking water at lunch time time from the 2nd well using an hand pump.
A snake at the bottom of a hearth pitA snake at the bottom of a hearth pit Children killing it with stonesChildren killing it with stones

Macaire in front of a structure of what will be the amphitheaterMacaire in front of a structure of what will be the amphitheater
On Wednesday and Thursday we passed by the bridge we have built in Toungana. This bridge allows farmers to have access to their fields during the rainy season. Below pictures of the bridge on both days. In between an heavy rain.

On August 1stOn August 1st On August 2ndOn August 2nd
Farmers with 50kg on the backFarmers with 50kg on the back He has reached the bridgeHe has reached the bridge
Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands1 Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands2

Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands

Safe trough the bridge thanks SLOSafe trough the bridge thanks SLO
On Friday we paid a visit to the parent association of Nefrelaye. In May a thief (or several ones) stole food from the lunch program and the solar panel from the school. Until here nothing special, this happens regularly. What was unusual is that this happens during the school year with all teachers in their houses and that they put a message on the wall saying that the director should get out of the village if he does not want to die!!!! The director took off (wouldn’t you?!?) and nobody from the village would help to with information.
In many occasions, these thefts are committed with an accomplice from the village and it is impossible then to get the information out. Anyway the village is losing a very good director and no solution to the problem. The menace was probably to distract from the theft, but…….
We just advised them that if there are rotten apples in the village they better take them out and that showing interest in the investigation could help for the future.
The president of the parent association told us that he had been to the police to see what was happening. He told us that the police was asking him strange questions as if he was guilty!!! He does not wish to back!!!!
I will leave you this week with a text from one of the reader of my blog.

When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black
And you white fellow
When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me colored??
Written by an African kid, Arun.

Lorsque je suis né, moi noir
Quand je serai grand, moi noir
Quand je vais au soleil, moi noir
Lorsque j’ai peur, moi noir
Quand je suis malade, moi noir
Et quand je mourrai, moi toujours noir
Et toi, le blanc
Lorsque vous naissez, toi rose
Quand vous grandissez, toi blanc
Quand vous allez au soleil, toi rouge
Lorsque tu as froid, toi bleu
Lorsque vous avez peur, toi jaune
Lorsque vous êtes malade, toi verte
Et quand vous mourrez, toi gris
Et tu m’appelles une personne de couleur??
Écrit par un enfant africain, Arun.

Hope you will have a great week.
Hervé[:en]

It is difficult sometimes to write about our activities here in order for  you to follow / understand what we are doing. I am using names of villages, people which make sense for some of you but which for others are completely strange.

Let’s start with the villages where we are active, 10 of them. They all are situated in the province of Houet and in two rural townships: 5 in Léna and 5 in Satiri. Below is a map to see their locations.

 

Blog-08-08-2012 01

The furthest village is Sissa at 75 km from Bobo Dioulasso and the closest is Bona at 38 km.

Blog-08-08-2012 02

Blog-08-08-2012 03

This past week was busy with a lot of outings to the villages. Tuesday I went with Karim to the farm of the agricultural social business in Sokourani, Wednesday to Kofila to discuss the poor results of their primary school exam and to follow up on some construction work there, Thursday  to the LAP (our private agricultural secondary school) in Oualana and Friday to Nefrelaye to talk about problems which happened in May to the school director.

The farm of the social business called SYS is mainly to produce certified seeds which are used the following year by the farmers members of SYS. 2012 is the first year for of activities with farmers. There are 35 of them whom receive support for 4 hectares (2 of corn and 2 of sesame). Support means field input and mechanization. The heavy rains of July have eroded the fields of the farm.

Corn-fieldCorn field Farmers-working-in-a-peanuts-fieldFarmers working in a peanuts field

One of the 4 tractors of SYS working the land in ASAP farm in MogobassoOne of the 4 tractors of SYS working the land in ASAP farm in Mogobasso

This is the real start for SYS and it is a trial year where we can see if our approach is correct and what needs to be changed.

The visit in Kofila was to discuss the poor results of the primary school. We met with the Parents association and with the local inspector for primary school. In such a meeting it always takes a long time to get people to come to the point, they love to turn around the subject. The conclusion which came out is that both the parents and the local supervisor have part of the responsibility:

  • The parents do not control and follow up on their children. Often children are going to bed after their parents. This is typical of Kofila.
  • The group of children who did not perform this year came from what they call here “a sacrificed class”. When you do not have enough teachers, you make sure that it is always the same group which has no teacher. This was the case of the group passing the exam this year.

Blog-08-08-2012 04

Both parents and local inspector will come back to us with a plan before August 15th to see what could help to get out of this vicious circle.You can almost track the success rate with the coverage of teachers during the 6 years of primary school.

The visit at the LAP in Oualana on Thursday was to set up some new limits to the ground given to us by the village. We want to avoid that people come to settle too close to the LAP and also make sure that the 3rd water well we drilled is included in our grounds.

For this we had to discuss with the elders as well as with the land owners. There was no problem and the geometer could do its work.

Below some pictures of the visit.

Elders and land ownersElders and land owners Joel the guardJoel the guard
 Beehives already populated at the apiaryBeehives already populated at the apiary  Beehive waiting to be brought to the apiaryBeehive waiting to be brought to the apiary

This trip I learned from the agronomy teacher Macaire that a beehive can produce up to 10kg of honey and 1 kg of wax. We should have 12 beehives populated for the first year.

Satellite connection for internetSatellite connection for internet Generator for the LAPGenerator for the LAP
A down hole pump has been installedA down hole pump has been installed on the 3rd well drilled at the LAP. Just waiting for a water tower. Children taking water at lunch timeChildren taking water at lunch time time from the 2nd well using an hand pump.
A snake at the bottom of a hearth pitA snake at the bottom of a hearth pit Children killing it with stonesChildren killing it with stones

Macaire in front of a structure of what will be the amphitheaterMacaire in front of a structure of what will be the amphitheater

On Wednesday and Thursday we passed by the bridge we have built in Toungana. This bridge allows farmers to have access to their fields during the rainy season. Below pictures of the bridge on both days. In between an heavy rain.

On August 1stOn August 1st On August 2ndOn August 2nd
Farmers with 50kg on the backFarmers with 50kg on the back He has reached the bridgeHe has reached the bridge
Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands1 Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands2

Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands

Safe trough the bridge thanks SLOSafe trough the bridge thanks SLO

On Friday we paid a visit to the parent association of Nefrelaye. In May a thief (or several ones) stole food from the lunch program and the solar panel from the school. Until here nothing special, this happens regularly. What was unusual is that this happens during the school year with all teachers in their houses and that they put a message on the wall saying that the director should get out of the village if he does not want to die!!!! The director took off (wouldn’t you?!?) and nobody from the village would help to with information.

In many occasions, these thefts are committed with an accomplice from the village and it is impossible then to get the information out. Anyway the village is losing a very good director and no solution to the problem. The menace was probably to distract from the theft, but…….

We just advised them that if there are rotten apples in the village they better take them out and that showing interest in the investigation could help for the future.

The president of the parent association told us that he had been to the police to see what was happening. He told us that the police was asking him strange questions as if he was guilty!!! He does not wish to back!!!!

I will leave you this week with a text from one of the reader of my blog.

When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black
And you white fellow
When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me colored??
Written by an African kid, Arun.

Lorsque je suis né, moi noir
Quand je serai grand, moi noir
Quand je vais au soleil, moi noir
Lorsque j’ai peur, moi noir
Quand je suis malade, moi noir
Et quand je mourrai, moi toujours noir
Et toi, le blanc
Lorsque vous naissez, toi rose
Quand vous grandissez, toi blanc
Quand vous allez au soleil, toi rouge
Lorsque tu as froid, toi bleu
Lorsque vous avez peur, toi jaune
Lorsque vous êtes malade, toi verte
Et quand vous mourrez, toi gris
Et tu m’appelles une personne de couleur??
Écrit par un enfant africain, Arun.

Hope you will have a great week.

Hervé

[:fr]

It is difficult sometimes to write about our activities here in order for  you to follow / understand what we are doing. I am using names of villages, people which make sense for some of you but which for others are completely strange.

Let’s start with the villages where we are active, 10 of them. They all are situated in the province of Houet and in two rural townships: 5 in Léna and 5 in Satiri. Below is a map to see their locations.

 

Blog-08-08-2012 01

The furthest village is Sissa at 75 km from Bobo Dioulasso and the closest is Bona at 38 km.

Blog-08-08-2012 02

Blog-08-08-2012 03

This past week was busy with a lot of outings to the villages. Tuesday I went with Karim to the farm of the agricultural social business in
Sokourani, Wednesday to Kofila to discuss the poor results of their primary school exam and to follow up on some construction work there, Thursday  to the LAP (our private agricultural secondary school) in Oualana and Friday to Nefrelaye to talk about problems which happened in May to the school director.

The farm of the social business called SYS is mainly to produce certified seeds which are used the following year by the farmers members of SYS. 2012 is the first year for of activities with farmers. There are 35 of them whom receive support for 4 hectares (2 of corn and 2 of sesame). Support means field input and mechanization. The heavy rains of July have eroded the fields of the farm.

Corn-fieldCorn field Farmers-working-in-a-peanuts-fieldFarmers working in a peanuts field

One of the 4 tractors of SYS working the land in ASAP farm in MogobassoOne of the 4 tractors of SYS working the land in ASAP farm in Mogobasso

This is the real start for SYS and it is a trial year where we can see if our approach is correct and what needs to be changed.

The visit in Kofila was to discuss the poor results of the primary school. We met with the Parents association and with the local inspector for primary school. In such a meeting it always takes a long time to get people to come to the point, they love to turn around the subject. The conclusion which came out is that both the parents and the local supervisor have part of the responsibility:

  • The parents do not control and follow up on their children. Often children are going to bed after their parents. This is typical of Kofila.
  • The group of children who did not perform this year came from what they call here “a sacrificed class”. When you do not have enough teachers, you make sure that it is always the same group which has no teacher. This was the case of the group passing the exam this year.

Blog-08-08-2012 04

Both parents and local inspector will come back to us with a plan before August 15th to see what could help to get out of this vicious circle.You can almost track the success rate with the coverage of teachers during the 6 years of primary school.

The visit at the LAP in Oualana on Thursday was to set up some new limits to the ground given to us by the village. We want to avoid that people come to settle too close to the LAP and also make sure that the 3rd water well we drilled is included in our grounds.

For this we had to discuss with the elders as well as with the land owners. There was no problem and the geometer could do its work.

Below some pictures of the visit.

Elders and land ownersElders and land owners Joel the guardJoel the guard
 Beehives already populated at the apiaryBeehives already populated at the apiary  Beehive waiting to be brought to the apiaryBeehive waiting to be brought to the apiary

This trip I learned from the agronomy teacher Macaire that a beehive can produce up to 10kg of honey and 1 kg of wax. We should have 12 beehives populated for the first year.

Satellite connection for internetSatellite connection for internet Generator for the LAPGenerator for the LAP
A down hole pump has been installedA down hole pump has been installed on the 3rd well drilled at the LAP. Just waiting for a water tower. Children taking water at lunch timeChildren taking water at lunch time time from the 2nd well using an hand pump.
A snake at the bottom of a hearth pitA snake at the bottom of a hearth pit Children killing it with stonesChildren killing it with stones

Macaire in front of a structure of what will be the amphitheaterMacaire in front of a structure of what will be the amphitheater

On Wednesday and Thursday we passed by the bridge we have built in Toungana. This bridge allows farmers to have access to their fields during the rainy season. Below pictures of the bridge on both days. In between an heavy rain.

On August 1stOn August 1st On August 2ndOn August 2nd
Farmers with 50kg on the backFarmers with 50kg on the back He has reached the bridgeHe has reached the bridge
Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands1 Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands2

Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands

Safe trough the bridge thanks SLOSafe trough the bridge thanks SLO

On Friday we paid a visit to the parent association of Nefrelaye. In May a thief (or several ones) stole food from the lunch program and the solar panel from the school. Until here nothing special, this happens regularly. What was unusual is that this happens during the school year with all teachers in their houses and that they put a message on the wall saying that the director should get out of the village if he does not want to die!!!! The director took off (wouldn’t you?!?) and nobody from the village would help to with information.

In many occasions, these thefts are committed with an accomplice from the village and it is impossible then to get the information out. Anyway the village is losing a very good director and no solution to the problem. The menace was probably to distract from the theft, but…….

We just advised them that if there are rotten apples in the village they better take them out and that showing interest in the investigation could help for the future.

The president of the parent association told us that he had been to the police to see what was happening. He told us that the police was asking him strange questions as if he was guilty!!! He does not wish to back!!!!

I will leave you this week with a text from one of the reader of my blog.

When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black
And you white fellow
When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me colored??
Written by an African kid, Arun.

Lorsque je suis né, moi noir
Quand je serai grand, moi noir
Quand je vais au soleil, moi noir
Lorsque j’ai peur, moi noir
Quand je suis malade, moi noir
Et quand je mourrai, moi toujours noir
Et toi, le blanc
Lorsque vous naissez, toi rose
Quand vous grandissez, toi blanc
Quand vous allez au soleil, toi rouge
Lorsque tu as froid, toi bleu
Lorsque vous avez peur, toi jaune
Lorsque vous êtes malade, toi verte
Et quand vous mourrez, toi gris
Et tu m’appelles une personne de couleur??
Écrit par un enfant africain, Arun.

Hope you will have a great week.

Hervé

[:de]

It is difficult sometimes to write about our activities here in order for  you to follow / understand what we are doing. I am using names of villages, people which make sense for some of you but which for others are completely strange.

Let’s start with the villages where we are active, 10 of them. They all are situated in the province of Houet and in two rural townships: 5 in Léna and 5 in Satiri. Below is a map to see their locations.

 

Blog-08-08-2012 01

The furthest village is Sissa at 75 km from Bobo Dioulasso and the closest is Bona at 38 km.

Blog-08-08-2012 02

Blog-08-08-2012 03

This past week was busy with a lot of outings to the villages. Tuesday I went with Karim to the farm of the agricultural social business in Sokourani, Wednesday to Kofila to discuss the poor results of their primary school exam and to follow up on some construction work there, Thursday  to the LAP (our private agricultural secondary school) in Oualana and Friday to Nefrelaye to talk about problems which happened in May to the school director.

The farm of the social business called SYS is mainly to produce certified seeds which are used the following year by the farmers members of SYS. 2012 is the first year for of activities with farmers. There are 35 of them whom receive support for 4 hectares (2 of corn and 2 of sesame). Support means field input and mechanization. The heavy rains of July have eroded the fields of the farm.

Corn-fieldCorn field Farmers-working-in-a-peanuts-fieldFarmers working in a peanuts field

One of the 4 tractors of SYS working the land in ASAP farm in MogobassoOne of the 4 tractors of SYS working the land in ASAP farm in Mogobasso

This is the real start for SYS and it is a trial year where we can see if our approach is correct and what needs to be changed.

The visit in Kofila was to discuss the poor results of the primary school. We met with the Parents association and with the local inspector for primary school. In such a meeting it always takes a long time to get people to come to the point, they love to turn around the subject. The conclusion which came out is that both the parents and the local supervisor have part of the responsibility:

  • The parents do not control and follow up on their children. Often children are going to bed after their parents. This is typical of Kofila.
  • The group of children who did not perform this year came from what they call here “a sacrificed class”. When you do not have enough teachers, you make sure that it is always the same group which has no teacher. This was the case of the group passing the exam this year.

Blog-08-08-2012 04

Both parents and local inspector will come back to us with a plan before August 15th to see what could help to get out of this vicious circle.You can almost track the success rate with the coverage of teachers during the 6 years of primary school.

The visit at the LAP in Oualana on Thursday was to set up some new limits to the ground given to us by the village. We want to avoid that people come to settle too close to the LAP and also make sure that the 3rd water well we drilled is included in our grounds.

For this we had to discuss with the elders as well as with the land owners. There was no problem and the geometer could do its work.

Below some pictures of the visit.

Elders and land ownersElders and land owners Joel the guardJoel the guard
 Beehives already populated at the apiaryBeehives already populated at the apiary  Beehive waiting to be brought to the apiaryBeehive waiting to be brought to the apiary

This trip I learned from the agronomy teacher Macaire that a beehive can produce up to 10kg of honey and 1 kg of wax. We should have 12 beehives populated for the first year.

Satellite connection for internetSatellite connection for internet Generator for the LAPGenerator for the LAP
A down hole pump has been installedA down hole pump has been installed on the 3rd well drilled at the LAP. Just waiting for a water tower. Children taking water at lunch timeChildren taking water at lunch time time from the 2nd well using an hand pump.
A snake at the bottom of a hearth pitA snake at the bottom of a hearth pit Children killing it with stonesChildren killing it with stones

Macaire in front of a structure of what will be the amphitheaterMacaire in front of a structure of what will be the amphitheater

On Wednesday and Thursday we passed by the bridge we have built in Toungana. This bridge allows farmers to have access to their fields during the rainy season. Below pictures of the bridge on both days. In between an heavy rain.

On August 1stOn August 1st On August 2ndOn August 2nd
Farmers with 50kg on the backFarmers with 50kg on the back He has reached the bridgeHe has reached the bridge
Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands1 Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands2

Group of women and a dog taking food to their husbands

Safe trough the bridge thanks SLOSafe trough the bridge thanks SLO

On Friday we paid a visit to the parent association of Nefrelaye. In May a thief (or several ones) stole food from the lunch program and the solar panel from the school. Until here nothing special, this happens regularly. What was unusual is that this happens during the school year with all teachers in their houses and that they put a message on the wall saying that the director should get out of the village if he does not want to die!!!! The director took off (wouldn’t you?!?) and nobody from the village would help to with information.

In many occasions, these thefts are committed with an accomplice from the village and it is impossible then to get the information out. Anyway the village is losing a very good director and no solution to the problem. The menace was probably to distract from the theft, but…….

We just advised them that if there are rotten apples in the village they better take them out and that showing interest in the investigation could help for the future.

The president of the parent association told us that he had been to the police to see what was happening. He told us that the police was asking him strange questions as if he was guilty!!! He does not wish to back!!!!

I will leave you this week with a text from one of the reader of my blog.

When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black
And you white fellow
When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me colored??
Written by an African kid, Arun.

Lorsque je suis né, moi noir
Quand je serai grand, moi noir
Quand je vais au soleil, moi noir
Lorsque j’ai peur, moi noir
Quand je suis malade, moi noir
Et quand je mourrai, moi toujours noir
Et toi, le blanc
Lorsque vous naissez, toi rose
Quand vous grandissez, toi blanc
Quand vous allez au soleil, toi rouge
Lorsque tu as froid, toi bleu
Lorsque vous avez peur, toi jaune
Lorsque vous êtes malade, toi verte
Et quand vous mourrez, toi gris
Et tu m’appelles une personne de couleur??
Écrit par un enfant africain, Arun.

Hope you will have a great week.

Hervé

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