[:nl]Here we are. This is my last blog for this trip. Tuesday (april 15)  I will be taking a plane back to The Netherlands. Eugenie has arrived safely in the Netherlands and already left for Arizona to give some support to Thomas (son) whos girlfriend is waiting for a little girl.
blog 2014-04-17 1

Aigrettes on the move

This trip is I think the longest I ever had in Burkina: 9 weeks. Back in Europe, we will need to prepare and load a container with equipment for the LAP (Private Agricultural Secondary School) and for other projects. Then it will be time to go to the USA for the graduation of Claire as Naturopath.

Emmanuel (our local director) had a trip planned to attend a conference on child education in Toronto (Canada). He is Burkinabé and he needed visa for the USA and for Canada. The embassy of Canada in Burkina do not deliver visa. Passport and forms are sent via the Embassy to Dakar in Senegal. It should take 10 days for the process. It is now almost a month that Emmanuel deposited his documents and he still do not know when he will get it back (if ever). Emmanuel missed the conference and he is back in Bobo Dioulasso…

Latrines project

We started a latrine project in 2013 for individual families. The family has to dig the hole, bring the bricks for the wall and we pay for the cement, the bottom slab and the mason. We have almost reach 100 latrines to date. The main interest for the villagers is not to have to go in the bush at night to go relieve themselves. It also gives some safety for the women.
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A happy family in front of their latrine

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Another family posing in front of their latrine

blog 2014-04-17 4

Unhappy?

blog 2014-04-17 5

A large family in Oualana (latrine is behind)

Appropriation by the villages of the preschools

On Thursday, we have met in Bobo with the members of the board of the associations managing the preschools we have in 5 villages.
We have asked those associations for many years to take responsibility for the schools and consider ASAP as a partner. Until now we have been leading those nursery schools and the associations were very happy about it.
In some villages we have also seen a decrease of the number of children attending pre schooling. We have tried to understand the reasons behind this lack of motivation of the parents to send children to preschool, but without much success. They say that it is the costs of the preschool adding to all the other obligations for the other children (primary, secondary school…). I believe that there is a lot to do with the quality of primary school and secondary school in rural areas. The lack of results demotivates the parents to send them to school.
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Members of the board of the women association controlling the preschool in some villages.

To see if the villages can appropriate the school, we will discuss a quota of children for the preschool. We also have asked the board of the association to come back to us before end of April with a plan of activities which can bring funds or goods for the preschool: fair, growing crop for the preschool, work in the fields of the men…Based on this quota, the parents fees and the funds collected by themselves, we will provide the funds to complete the budget. If they do not have enough children, they will be short of fund and will have to find a way or to cut down expenses or to find the missing funds.
This is a big challenge for the associations of women. We will need a lot of training and explanation.

blog 2014-04-17 7 blog 2014-04-17 8

Laughing and serious

Rural medical center of Bona

As mentioned in one of my earlier blog of this trip, we have got the funds to build a medical center in the village of Bona.
We went on location to implement the various buildings (medical dispensary, maternity clinic, pharmaceutical depot, 2 houses). We will first drill the water well (financed by the Nederland Albert Schweitzer Foundation) which will help for the construction.
blog 2014-04-17 9

Odile and villagers of Bona in front of one of the selected site for the water well

Fruits picking by the women

blog 2014-04-17 10There are 2 wild fruits trees creating opportunities for the women: the shea tree (karité) and the néré tree. The néré tree has red round flowers which transforms in a type of bean. When ripe, it has little black seeds in the middle of a yellow powder. The powder is used to feed the animals (the human too if it has been a bad year in the fields) and the seeds are transformed in what they called “sumbala”.
It is used to make a sauce which goes with the main dish here the “to” (corn paste). Sumbala stinks, I least this is my feeling, but it has a lot of proteins.
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Adult Calao bird

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Young calao bird

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The African mahogany (Khaya Senegalis) has creeping roots. A combination of rain (softening the ground) and wind (it is a huge tree) has for result what you see on the picture above. This one fell just on the side of a house.

Proverbs of the week

One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others. ~African Proverb
Celui qui mange seul ne peut pas discuter le goût de la nourriture avec les autres. ~ Proverbe africain
You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
Vous ne pouvez pas dire à un enfant affamé que vous lui avez donné hier à manger. ~ Proverbe zimbabwéen
Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. ~Ethiopian Proverb
Mangez quand la nourriture est prête; parlez quand c’est le bon moment. ~ Proverbe éthiopien
Take care, every day is a new life.
Hervé[:en]

Here we are. This is my last blog for this trip. Tuesday (april 15)  I will be taking a plane back to The Netherlands. Eugenie has arrived safely in the Netherlands and already left for Arizona to give some support to Thomas (son) whos girlfriend is waiting for a little girl.

blog 2014-04-17 1

Aigrettes on the move

This trip is I think the longest I ever had in Burkina: 9 weeks. Back in Europe, we will need to prepare and load a container with equipment for the LAP (Private Agricultural Secondary School) and for other projects. Then it will be time to go to the USA for the graduation of Claire as Naturopath.

Emmanuel (our local director) had a trip planned to attend a conference on child education in Toronto (Canada). He is Burkinabé and he needed visa for the USA and for Canada. The embassy of Canada in Burkina do not deliver visa. Passport and forms are sent via the Embassy to Dakar in Senegal. It should take 10 days for the process. It is now almost a month that Emmanuel deposited his documents and he still do not know when he will get it back (if ever). Emmanuel missed the conference and he is back in Bobo Dioulasso…

Latrines project

We started a latrine project in 2013 for individual families. The family has to dig the hole, bring the bricks for the wall and we pay for the cement, the bottom slab and the mason. We have almost reach 100 latrines to date. The main interest for the villagers is not to have to go in the bush at night to go relieve themselves. It also gives some safety for the women.

blog 2014-04-17 2

A happy family in front of their latrine

blog 2014-04-17 3

Another family posing in front of their latrine

blog 2014-04-17 4

Unhappy?

blog 2014-04-17 5

A large family in Oualana (latrine is behind)

Appropriation by the villages of the preschools

On Thursday, we have met in Bobo with the members of the board of the associations managing the preschools we have in 5 villages.

We have asked those associations for many years to take responsibility for the schools and consider ASAP as a partner. Until now we have been leading those nursery schools and the associations were very happy about it.

In some villages we have also seen a decrease of the number of children attending pre schooling. We have tried to understand the reasons behind this lack of motivation of the parents to send children to preschool, but without much success. They say that it is the costs of the preschool adding to all the other obligations for the other children (primary, secondary school…). I believe that there is a lot to do with the quality of primary school and secondary school in rural areas. The lack of results demotivates the parents to send them to school.

blog 2014-04-17 6

Members of the board of the women association controlling the preschool in some villages.

To see if the villages can appropriate the school, we will discuss a quota of children for the preschool. We also have asked the board of the association to come back to us before end of April with a plan of activities which can bring funds or goods for the preschool: fair, growing crop for the preschool, work in the fields of the men…Based on this quota, the parents fees and the funds collected by themselves, we will provide the funds to complete the budget. If they do not have enough children, they will be short of fund and will have to find a way or to cut down expenses or to find the missing funds.

This is a big challenge for the associations of women. We will need a lot of training and explanation.

blog 2014-04-17 7 blog 2014-04-17 8

Laughing and serious

Rural medical center of Bona

As mentioned in one of my earlier blog of this trip, we have got the funds to build a medical center in the village of Bona.

We went on location to implement the various buildings (medical dispensary, maternity clinic, pharmaceutical depot, 2 houses). We will first drill the water well (financed by the Nederland Albert Schweitzer Foundation) which will help for the construction.

blog 2014-04-17 9

Odile and villagers of Bona in front of one of the selected site for the water well

Fruits picking by the women

blog 2014-04-17 10There are 2 wild fruits trees creating opportunities for the women: the shea tree (karité) and the néré tree. The néré tree has red round flowers which transforms in a type of bean. When ripe, it has little black seeds in the middle of a yellow powder. The powder is used to feed the animals (the human too if it has been a bad year in the fields) and the seeds are transformed in what they called “sumbala”.

It is used to make a sauce which goes with the main dish here the “to” (corn paste). Sumbala stinks, I least this is my feeling, but it has a lot of proteins.

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blog 2014-04-17 13 blog 2014-04-17 18

Adult Calao bir
d

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Young calao bird

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The African mahogany (Khaya Senegalis) has creeping roots. A combination of rain (softening the ground) and wind (it is a huge tree) has for result what you see on the picture above. This one fell just on the side of a house.

Proverbs of the week

One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others. ~African Proverb
Celui qui mange seul ne peut pas discuter le goût de la nourriture avec les autres. ~ Proverbe africain

You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
Vous ne pouvez pas dire à un enfant affamé que vous lui avez donné hier à manger. ~ Proverbe zimbabwéen

Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. ~Ethiopian Proverb
Mangez quand la nourriture est prête; parlez quand c’est le bon moment. ~ Proverbe éthiopien

Take care, every day is a new life.

Hervé

[:fr]

Here we are. This is my last blog for this trip. Tuesday (april 15)  I will be taking a plane back to The Netherlands. Eugenie has arrived safely in the Netherlands and already left for Arizona to give some support to Thomas (son) whos girlfriend is waiting for a little girl.

blog 2014-04-17 1

Aigrettes on the move

This trip is I think the longest I ever had in Burkina: 9 weeks. Back in Europe, we will need to prepare and load a container with equipment for the LAP (Private Agricultural Secondary School) and for other projects. Then it will be time to go to the USA for the graduation of Claire as Naturopath.

Emmanuel (our local director) had a trip planned to attend a conference on child education in Toronto (Canada). He is Burkinabé and he needed visa for the USA and for Canada. The embassy of Canada in Burkina do not deliver visa. Passport and forms are sent via the Embassy to Dakar in Senegal. It should take 10 days for the process. It is now almost a month that Emmanuel deposited his documents and he still do not know when he will get it back (if ever). Emmanuel missed the conference and he is back in Bobo Dioulasso…

Latrines project

We started a latrine project in 2013 for individual families. The family has to dig the hole, bring the bricks for the wall and we pay for the cement, the bottom slab and the mason. We have almost reach 100 latrines to date. The main interest for the villagers is not to have to go in the bush at night to go relieve themselves. It also gives some safety for the women.

blog 2014-04-17 2

A happy family in front of their latrine

blog 2014-04-17 3

Another family posing in front of their latrine

blog 2014-04-17 4

Unhappy?

blog 2014-04-17 5

A large family in Oualana (latrine is behind)

Appropriation by the villages of the preschools

On Thursday, we have met in Bobo with the members of the board of the associations managing the preschools we have in 5 villages.

We have asked those associations for many years to take responsibility for the schools and consider ASAP as a partner. Until now we have been leading those nursery schools and the associations were very happy about it.

In some villages we have also seen a decrease of the number of children attending pre schooling. We have tried to understand the reasons behind this lack of motivation of the parents to send children to preschool, but without much success. They say that it is the costs of the preschool adding to all the other obligations for the other children (primary, secondary school…). I believe that there is a lot to do with the quality of primary school and secondary school in rural areas. The lack of results demotivates the parents to send them to school.

blog 2014-04-17 6

Members of the board of the women association controlling the preschool in some villages.

To see if the villages can appropriate the school, we will discuss a quota of children for the preschool. We also have asked the board of the association to come back to us before end of April with a plan of activities which can bring funds or goods for the preschool: fair, growing crop for the preschool, work in the fields of the men…Based on this quota, the parents fees and the funds collected by themselves, we will provide the funds to complete the budget. If they do not have enough children, they will be short of fund and will have to find a way or to cut down expenses or to find the missing funds.

This is a big challenge for the associations of women. We will need a lot of training and explanation.

blog 2014-04-17 7 blog 2014-04-17 8

Laughing and serious

Rural medical center of Bona

As mentioned in one of my earlier blog of this trip, we have got the funds to build a medical center in the village of Bona.

We went on location to implement the various buildings (medical dispensary, maternity clinic, pharmaceutical depot, 2 houses). We will first drill the water well (financed by the Nederland Albert Schweitzer Foundation) which will help for the construction.

blog 2014-04-17 9

Odi
le and villagers of Bona in front of one of the selected site for the water well

Fruits picking by the women

blog 2014-04-17 10There are 2 wild fruits trees creating opportunities for the women: the shea tree (karité) and the néré tree. The néré tree has red round flowers which transforms in a type of bean. When ripe, it has little black seeds in the middle of a yellow powder. The powder is used to feed the animals (the human too if it has been a bad year in the fields) and the seeds are transformed in what they called “sumbala”.

It is used to make a sauce which goes with the main dish here the “to” (corn paste). Sumbala stinks, I least this is my feeling, but it has a lot of proteins.

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blog 2014-04-17 12

blog 2014-04-17 13 blog 2014-04-17 18

Adult Calao bird

blog 2014-04-17 19 blog 2014-04-17 20

Young calao bird

blog 2014-04-17 22

The African mahogany (Khaya Senegalis) has creeping roots. A combination of rain (softening the ground) and wind (it is a huge tree) has for result what you see on the picture above. This one fell just on the side of a house.

Proverbs of the week

One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others. ~African Proverb
Celui qui mange seul ne peut pas discuter le goût de la nourriture avec les autres. ~ Proverbe africain

You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
Vous ne pouvez pas dire à un enfant affamé que vous lui avez donné hier à manger. ~ Proverbe zimbabwéen

Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. ~Ethiopian Proverb
Mangez quand la nourriture est prête; parlez quand c’est le bon moment. ~ Proverbe éthiopien

Take care, every day is a new life.

Hervé

[:de]

Here we are. This is my last blog for this trip. Tuesday (april 15)  I will be taking a plane back to The Netherlands. Eugenie has arrived safely in the Netherlands and already left for Arizona to give some support to Thomas (son) whos girlfriend is waiting for a little girl.

blog 2014-04-17 1

Aigrettes on the move

This trip is I think the longest I ever had in Burkina: 9 weeks. Back in Europe, we will need to prepare and load a container with equipment for the LAP (Private Agricultural Secondary School) and for other projects. Then it will be time to go to the USA for the graduation of Claire as Naturopath.

Emmanuel (our local director) had a trip planned to attend a conference on child education in Toronto (Canada). He is Burkinabé and he needed visa for the USA and for Canada. The embassy of Canada in Burkina do not deliver visa. Passport and forms are sent via the Embassy to Dakar in Senegal. It should take 10 days for the process. It is now almost a month that Emmanuel deposited his documents and he still do not know when he will get it back (if ever). Emmanuel missed the conference and he is back in Bobo Dioulasso…

Latrines project

We started a latrine project in 2013 for individual families. The family has to dig the hole, bring the bricks for the wall and we pay for the cement, the bottom slab and the mason. We have almost reach 100 latrines to date. The main interest for the villagers is not to have to go in the bush at night to go relieve themselves. It also gives some safety for the women.

blog 2014-04-17 2

A happy family in front of their latrine

blog 2014-04-17 3

Another family posing in front of their latrine

blog 2014-04-17 4

Unhappy?

blog 2014-04-17 5

A large family in Oualana (latrine is behind)

Appropriation by the villages of the preschools

On Thursday, we have met in Bobo with the members of the board of the associations managing the preschools we have in 5 villages.

We have asked those associations for many years to take responsibility for the schools and consider ASAP as a partner. Until now we have been leading those nursery schools and the associations were very happy about it.

In some villages we have also seen a decrease of the number of children attending pre schooling. We have tried to understand the reasons behind this lack of motivation of the parents to send children to preschool, but without much success. They say that it is the costs of the preschool adding to all the other obligations for the other children (primary, secondary school…). I believe that there is a lot to do with the quality of primary school and secondary school in rural areas. The lack of results demotivates the parents to send them to school.

blog 2014-04-17 6

Members of the board of the women association controlling the preschool in some villages.

To see if the villages can appropriate the school, we will discuss a quota of children for the preschool. We also have asked the board of the association to come back to us before end of April with a pl
an of activities which can bring funds or goods for the preschool: fair, growing crop for the preschool, work in the fields of the men…Based on this quota, the parents fees and the funds collected by themselves, we will provide the funds to complete the budget. If they do not have enough children, they will be short of fund and will have to find a way or to cut down expenses or to find the missing funds.

This is a big challenge for the associations of women. We will need a lot of training and explanation.

blog 2014-04-17 7 blog 2014-04-17 8

Laughing and serious

Rural medical center of Bona

As mentioned in one of my earlier blog of this trip, we have got the funds to build a medical center in the village of Bona.

We went on location to implement the various buildings (medical dispensary, maternity clinic, pharmaceutical depot, 2 houses). We will first drill the water well (financed by the Nederland Albert Schweitzer Foundation) which will help for the construction.

blog 2014-04-17 9

Odile and villagers of Bona in front of one of the selected site for the water well

Fruits picking by the women

blog 2014-04-17 10There are 2 wild fruits trees creating opportunities for the women: the shea tree (karité) and the néré tree. The néré tree has red round flowers which transforms in a type of bean. When ripe, it has little black seeds in the middle of a yellow powder. The powder is used to feed the animals (the human too if it has been a bad year in the fields) and the seeds are transformed in what they called “sumbala”.

It is used to make a sauce which goes with the main dish here the “to” (corn paste). Sumbala stinks, I least this is my feeling, but it has a lot of proteins.

blog 2014-04-17 11

blog 2014-04-17 12

blog 2014-04-17 13 blog 2014-04-17 18

Adult Calao bird

blog 2014-04-17 19 blog 2014-04-17 20

Young calao bird

blog 2014-04-17 22

The African mahogany (Khaya Senegalis) has creeping roots. A combination of rain (softening the ground) and wind (it is a huge tree) has for result what you see on the picture above. This one fell just on the side of a house.

Proverbs of the week

One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others. ~African Proverb
Celui qui mange seul ne peut pas discuter le goût de la nourriture avec les autres. ~ Proverbe africain

You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
Vous ne pouvez pas dire à un enfant affamé que vous lui avez donné hier à manger. ~ Proverbe zimbabwéen

Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. ~Ethiopian Proverb
Mangez quand la nourriture est prête; parlez quand c’est le bon moment. ~ Proverbe éthiopien

Take care, every day is a new life.

Hervé

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