[:nl]Only one week in Burkina left for this trip. Actually not very much to report about the past week. We did not make any trips to the villages. Time was spent in the office and a one-day trip to Ouagadougou.
The house was full the whole week with the 5 children of our African family. Eugenie is busy preparing bed sheets for the foyer of the LAP, preparing the mosquito nets needed for the new dormitories and making mango jam (17kg of jam made today).

Small businesses

With Eugenie we were calculating the costs of the jam she was making. The mango costs 3 euro, the sugar costs 5 euro, the jellifying stuff 3,6 euro. With this Eugenie made 30 pots of jam or 0,4 euro per pot. With a pot at 0,5 euro, the costs of a pot of jam is 0,9 euro. I miss to include the gas used and the labor cost. The pot sells in the supermarket in Burkina for 3 euro.

Do not worry we are not starting a jam factory, but why don’t local people do it???
blog 2014-07-20 1
Thorny bush nursery at the LAP to make a green fence around the school.

New rules for NGO’s in Burkina

In the past year Emmanuel (our local director) has been busy registering ASAP in Burkina since the previous registration had been invalidated. From the 700 previously registered NGO only 12 (including ASAP) have completed all the requirements. Some have decided that it was not worth it (we had to file documents with 7 ministries, each of them with specific requirements and formats) some others are waiting until they will need this registration. It is useful for the import of goods without duties and to avoid the VAT on the constructions for example.
The new registration format came in because of abuses and personal gains through importations.

When the funds providers make up the rules

I have written already about situation in the education and health systems in Burkina, where through “stupid” criteria made up in offices in Washington and/or Brussels, the result of the help is completely the opposite of the original objectives.
This is a different case. Burkina is linked with the republic of Taiwan (not main land China). They have decided to help Burkina in getting more professionals by helping schools for plumbers, cooks, electrician, and mechanic… very good objective. Instead of working with the ministry of education, they are working with the ministry for youth. So the ministry of youth has started to support professional schools which are following their criteria, which means that the student gets at the end of 3 years study a diploma called CQP (Certificat de Qualification Professionel). Still very good since the school takes kids with a lower entry level than the ones managed by the ministry of Education. The ministry of Education does not have enough funds for its professional schools which prepare for the exam called CAP (Certificat d’Aptitude Professionel). The CAP has a much higher educational and entry level than the CQP.
It looks a bit complicated, but the consequence of this is that all the schools which were preparing students for the CAP, are thinking to go for the CQP (there is money there). The CAP will slowly disappear and the students who have got it will not be able to use it properly to find a job or to continue their study.
At the LAP, we had started the program to prepare the students for the CAP, 3 years ago. Luckily, we have changed our program to pass another exam (BEPC) which has much more value. The CAP will be optional in the 5th year.
When I am re-reading what I wrote, I have problem to understand it, but I do not have other way to explain it. Sorry!
blog 2014-07-20 2
Expressive faces of villagers in Bona

Shoes in the village of Bona

When we went to Bona last week, I took pictures of the shoes of the villagers at the meeting. Just fun!

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Proverbs of the week

“If you bump your head against a jug and it sounds hollow, it does not necessarily infer that it is the jug that is empty.”- Togo
«Si tu te tapes la tête contre une cruche et que ça sonne creux, n’en déduis pas forcément que c’est la cruche qui est vide.» — Togo
“The grain of corn is always wrong in front of a hen.” – Benin
«Le grain de maïs a toujours tort devant une poule.» — Bénin
“The shadow of the zebra has no stripes.”
«L’ombre du zèbre n’a pas de rayures.»
No bird again this week!!!
Take care.
Hervé[:en]

Only one week in Burkina left for this trip. Actually not very much to report about the past week. We did not make any trips to the villages. Time was spent in the office and a one-day trip to Ouagadougou.

The house was full the whole week with the 5 children of our African family. Eugenie is busy preparing bed sheets for the foyer of the LAP, preparing the mosquito nets needed for the new dormitories and making mango jam (17kg of jam made today).

Small businesses

With Eugenie we were calculating the costs of the jam she was making. The mango costs 3 euro, the sugar costs 5 euro, the jellifying stuff 3,6 euro. With this Eugenie made 30 pots of jam or 0,4 euro per pot. With a pot at 0,5 euro, the costs of a pot of jam is 0,9 euro. I miss to include the gas used and the labor cost. The pot sells in the supermarket in Burkina for 3 euro.

Do not worry we are not starting a jam factory, but why don’t local people do it???

blog 2014-07-20 1

Thorny bush nursery at the LAP to make a green fence around the school.

New rules for NGO’s in Burkina

In the past year Emmanuel (our local director) has been busy registering ASAP in Burkina since the previous registration had been invalidated. From the 700 previously registered NGO only 12 (including ASAP) have completed all the requirements. Some have decided that it was not worth it (we had to file documents with 7 ministries, each of them with specific requirements and formats) some others are waiting until they will need this registration. It is useful for the import of goods without duties and to avoid the VAT on the constructions for example.

The new registration format came in because of abuses and personal gains through importations.

When the funds providers make up the rules

I have written already about situation in the education and health systems in Burkina, where through “stupid” criteria made up in offices in Washington and/or Brussels, the result of the help is completely the opposite of the original objectives.

This is a different case. Burkina is linked with the republic of Taiwan (not main land China). They have decided to help Burkina in getting more professionals by helping schools for plumbers, cooks, electrician, and mechanic… very good objective. Instead of working with the ministry of education, they are working with the ministry for youth. So the ministry of youth has started to support professional schools which are following their criteria, which means that the student gets at the end of 3 years study a diploma called CQP (Certificat de Qualification Professionel). Still very good since the school takes kids with a lower entry level than the ones managed by the ministry of Education. The ministry of Education does not have enough funds for its professional schools which prepare for the exam called CAP (Certificat d’Aptitude Professionel). The CAP has a much higher educational and entry level than the CQP.

It looks a bit complicated, but the consequence of this is that all the schools which were preparing students for the CAP, are thinking to go for the CQP (there is money there). The CAP will slowly disappear and the students who have got it will not be able to use it properly to find a job or to continue their study.

At the LAP, we had started the program to prepare the students for the CAP, 3 years ago. Luckily, we have changed our program to pass another exam (BEPC) which has much more value. The CAP will be optional in the 5th year.

When I am re-reading what I wrote, I have problem to understand it, but I do not have other way to explain it. Sorry!

blog 2014-07-20 2

Expressive faces of villagers in Bona

Shoes in the village of Bona

When we went to Bona last week, I took pictures of the shoes of the villagers at the meeting. Just fun!

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blog 2014-07-20 9 blog 2014-07-20 10
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Proverbs of the week

“If you bump your head against a jug and it sounds hollow, it does not necessarily infer that it is the jug that is empty.”- Togo
«Si tu te tapes la tête contre une cruche et que ça sonne creux, n’en déduis pas forcément que c’est la cruche qui est vide.» — Togo

“The grain of corn is always wrong in front of a hen.” – Benin
«Le grain de maïs a toujours tort devant une poule.» — Bénin

“The shadow of the zebra has no stripes.”
«L’ombre du zèbre n’a pas de rayures.»

No bird again this week!!!

Take care.

Hervé

[:fr]

Only one week in Burkina left for this trip. Actually not very much to report about the past week. We did not make any trips to the villages. Time was spent in the office and a one-day trip to Ouagadougou.

The house was full the whole week with the 5 children of our African family. Eugenie is busy preparing bed sheets for the foyer of the LAP, preparing the mosquito nets needed for the new dormitories and making mango jam (17kg of jam made today).

Small businesses

With Eugenie we were calculating the costs of the jam she was making. The mango costs 3 euro, the sugar costs 5 euro, the jellifying stuff 3,6 euro. With this Eugenie made 30 pots of jam or 0,4 euro per pot. With a pot at 0,5 euro, the costs of a pot of jam is 0,9 euro. I miss to include the gas used and the labor cost. The pot sells in the supermarket in Burkina for 3 euro.

Do not worry we are not starting a jam factory, but why don’t local people do it???

blog 2014-07-20 1

Thorny bush nursery at the LAP to make a green fence around the school.

New rules for NGO’s in Burkina

In the past year Emmanuel (our local director) has been busy registering ASAP in Burkina since the previous registration had been invalidated. From the
700 previously registered NGO only 12 (including ASAP) have completed all the requirements. Some have decided that it was not worth it (we had to file documents with 7 ministries, each of them with specific requirements and formats) some others are waiting until they will need this registration. It is useful for the import of goods without duties and to avoid the VAT on the constructions for example.

The new registration format came in because of abuses and personal gains through importations.

When the funds providers make up the rules

I have written already about situation in the education and health systems in Burkina, where through “stupid” criteria made up in offices in Washington and/or Brussels, the result of the help is completely the opposite of the original objectives.

This is a different case. Burkina is linked with the republic of Taiwan (not main land China). They have decided to help Burkina in getting more professionals by helping schools for plumbers, cooks, electrician, and mechanic… very good objective. Instead of working with the ministry of education, they are working with the ministry for youth. So the ministry of youth has started to support professional schools which are following their criteria, which means that the student gets at the end of 3 years study a diploma called CQP (Certificat de Qualification Professionel). Still very good since the school takes kids with a lower entry level than the ones managed by the ministry of Education. The ministry of Education does not have enough funds for its professional schools which prepare for the exam called CAP (Certificat d’Aptitude Professionel). The CAP has a much higher educational and entry level than the CQP.

It looks a bit complicated, but the consequence of this is that all the schools which were preparing students for the CAP, are thinking to go for the CQP (there is money there). The CAP will slowly disappear and the students who have got it will not be able to use it properly to find a job or to continue their study.

At the LAP, we had started the program to prepare the students for the CAP, 3 years ago. Luckily, we have changed our program to pass another exam (BEPC) which has much more value. The CAP will be optional in the 5th year.

When I am re-reading what I wrote, I have problem to understand it, but I do not have other way to explain it. Sorry!

blog 2014-07-20 2

Expressive faces of villagers in Bona

Shoes in the village of Bona

When we went to Bona last week, I took pictures of the shoes of the villagers at the meeting. Just fun!

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blog 2014-07-20 5 blog 2014-07-20 6
blog 2014-07-20 7 blog 2014-07-20 8
blog 2014-07-20 9 blog 2014-07-20 10
blog 2014-07-20 11  

Proverbs of the week

“If you bump your head against a jug and it sounds hollow, it does not necessarily infer that it is the jug that is empty.”- Togo
«Si tu te tapes la tête contre une cruche et que ça sonne creux, n’en déduis pas forcément que c’est la cruche qui est vide.» — Togo

“The grain of corn is always wrong in front of a hen.” – Benin
«Le grain de maïs a toujours tort devant une poule.» — Bénin

“The shadow of the zebra has no stripes.”
«L’ombre du zèbre n’a pas de rayures.»

No bird again this week!!!

Take care.

Hervé

[:de]

Only one week in Burkina left for this trip. Actually not very much to report about the past week. We did not make any trips to the villages. Time was spent in the office and a one-day trip to Ouagadougou.

The house was full the whole week with the 5 children of our African family. Eugenie is busy preparing bed sheets for the foyer of the LAP, preparing the mosquito nets needed for the new dormitories and making mango jam (17kg of jam made today).

Small businesses

With Eugenie we were calculating the costs of the jam she was making. The mango costs 3 euro, the sugar costs 5 euro, the jellifying stuff 3,6 euro. With this Eugenie made 30 pots of jam or 0,4 euro per pot. With a pot at 0,5 euro, the costs of a pot of jam is 0,9 euro. I miss to include the gas used and the labor cost. The pot sells in the supermarket in Burkina for 3 euro.

Do not worry we are not starting a jam factory, but why don’t local people do it???

blog 2014-07-20 1

Thorny bush nursery at the LAP to make a green fence around the school.

New rules for NGO’s in Burkina

In the past year Emmanuel (our local director) has been busy registering ASAP in Burkina since the previous registration had been invalidated. From the 700 previously registered NGO only 12 (including ASAP) have completed all the requirements. Some have decided that it was not worth it (we had to file documents with 7 ministries, each of them with specific requirements and formats) some others are waiting until they will need this registration. It is useful for the import of goods without duties and to avoid the VAT on the constructions for example.

The new registration format came in because of abuses and personal gains through importations.

When the funds providers make up the rules

I have written already about situation in the education and health systems in Burkina, where through “stupid” criteria made up in offices in Washington and/or Brussels, the result of the help is completely the opposite of the original objectives.

This is a different case. Burkina is linked with the republic of Taiwan (not main land China). They have decided to help Burkina in getting more professionals by helping schools for plumbers, cooks, electrician, and mechanic… very good objective. Instead of working with the ministry of education, they are working with the ministry for youth. So the ministry of youth has started to support professional schools which are following their criteria, which means that the student gets at the end of 3 years study a diploma called CQP (Certificat de Qualification Professionel). Still very good since the school takes kids with a lower
entry level than the ones managed by the ministry of Education. The ministry of Education does not have enough funds for its professional schools which prepare for the exam called CAP (Certificat d’Aptitude Professionel). The CAP has a much higher educational and entry level than the CQP.

It looks a bit complicated, but the consequence of this is that all the schools which were preparing students for the CAP, are thinking to go for the CQP (there is money there). The CAP will slowly disappear and the students who have got it will not be able to use it properly to find a job or to continue their study.

At the LAP, we had started the program to prepare the students for the CAP, 3 years ago. Luckily, we have changed our program to pass another exam (BEPC) which has much more value. The CAP will be optional in the 5th year.

When I am re-reading what I wrote, I have problem to understand it, but I do not have other way to explain it. Sorry!

blog 2014-07-20 2

Expressive faces of villagers in Bona

Shoes in the village of Bona

When we went to Bona last week, I took pictures of the shoes of the villagers at the meeting. Just fun!

blog 2014-07-20 3 blog 2014-07-20 4
blog 2014-07-20 5 blog 2014-07-20 6
blog 2014-07-20 7 blog 2014-07-20 8
blog 2014-07-20 9 blog 2014-07-20 10
blog 2014-07-20 11  

Proverbs of the week

“If you bump your head against a jug and it sounds hollow, it does not necessarily infer that it is the jug that is empty.”- Togo
«Si tu te tapes la tête contre une cruche et que ça sonne creux, n’en déduis pas forcément que c’est la cruche qui est vide.» — Togo

“The grain of corn is always wrong in front of a hen.” – Benin
«Le grain de maïs a toujours tort devant une poule.» — Bénin

“The shadow of the zebra has no stripes.”
«L’ombre du zèbre n’a pas de rayures.»

No bird again this week!!!

Take care.

Hervé

[:]

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