[:nl]It has been now more than a week that we did not get any rains and farmers are starting to worry. While I am writing this message however, rain starts to fall.

No papaya for breakfast

I am used to have papaya with yoghurt for breakfast. This trip we cannot find papayas. When we ask why, the answer is that it is not the season. Since I always had papayas here whatever time of the year, we asked again and the words “white flies” come out. The flies are coming from the rural areas to the suburban areas. Is this an effect of the GMO again?

 
Since there are still some mangos available, I will have to settle for the mango jam of Eugenie in my yoghurt. Excellent also.

Construction of the Medical center in Bona

May be you remember that at the beginning of the year, we got funding from the Japanese embassy in Burkina Faso to build a medical center in the village of Bona.
Well, it is almost ready.

blog 2014-07-13 1 blog 2014-07-13 2
Maternity clinic Medical dispensary

blog 2014-07-13 3
2 houses for the personnel

blog 2014-07-13 4 blog 2014-07-13 5
Pharmaceutical depot Toilets /showers
blog 2014-07-13 6 blog 2014-07-13 7

Water well funded by NASF (Nederland Albert Schweitzer Foundation)
Normally it is the women who are taking care of bringing the water to the construction site. The men of Bona have decided that for this time they will do it. Why? The water well is very close to the site and the men can send their wife(s) to the fields to work while they have an easier time at the construction site.

Opening ceremony of a new realization

At the beginning of our work here we were asked to help for the opening ceremony of a nursery school. We did not know better and we provided some cash for the event. We realized then that the people invited were all the civil servants of the area. The food and drinks were for them and not for the population of the village. The ceremony was a long series of “meaningful” speeches.
After this experience, we decided not to participate anymore in this type of event. If the village wants to make an official opening, they have to find the resources for it.
It was and it is still our belief, that the pictures of the ASAP personnel with official people from the area are not needed to convince our partners that we are doing a proper job.
Now, sometime the funding partner wants to have this official opening because he needs the pictures. This is the case of the Japanese Embassy in Burkina Faso. They would like to have the television and the press when we will officially open the medical center in Bona. We do not have any funds for that and the village has limited resources. What would you do?

End of the school year at the LAP

Yesterday it was the end of the school year at the LAP. There was a parent meeting at this occasion.
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There were 118 parents available for this meeting (only 2 mothers, all others were men). It was time to answer some questions, to give the results of the past year and to talk about the coming year.
Evolution of the number of students:
blog 2014-07-13 15
blog 2014-07-13 9
Grades of the girls have improved a lot thanks to the foyer.

blog 2014-07-13 10 blog 2014-07-13 11

Funny to see that the boys are a lot shorter than the girls…. But they are catching up!!!
Only 4 students will not come back to the LAP next school year, this is also a major improvement over the past years.
blog 2014-07-13 12
Girls in front of their dormitory, ready to go home for vacation.
blog 2014-07-13 13
Eugenie watching one of the girls leaving the foyer: Clothes on the head, one hand with cleaning materials and the other with the “daba” (tool to work the land).
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Parents have come with their motorbike to take their children back home.

Do not forget that we are looking for sponsors for the new students starting in September 2014.
You can get more info on this by contacting Nicola at info@asap-foundation.org

I am a bit sad. No bird picture this blog… I will try to catch up next blog.
Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. ~Kenyan proverb
La paix est coûteuse, mais elle vaut la dépense. ~ Proverbe Kenyan
Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully.
Le lait et le miel ont des couleurs différentes, mais ils partagent la même maison pacifiquement.
He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb
Celui qui pense qu’il est un leader et n’a personne qui le suit est seulement en promenade. ~ Proverbe du Malawi[:en]

It has been now more than a week that we did not get any rains and farmers are starting to worry. While I am writing this message however, rain starts to fall.

No papaya for breakfast

I am used to have papaya with yoghurt for breakfast. This trip we cannot find papayas. When we ask why, the answer is that it is not the season. Since I always had papayas here whatever time of the year, we asked again and the words “white flies” come out. The flies are coming from the rural areas to the suburban areas. Is this an effect of the GMO again?

 

Since there are still some mangos available, I will have to settle for the mango jam of Eugenie in my yoghurt. Excellent also.

Construction of the Medical center in Bona

May be you remember that at the beginning of the year, we got funding from the Japanese embassy in Burkina Faso to build a medical center in the village of Bona.

Well, it is almost ready.

blog 2014-07-13 1 blog 2014-07-13 2
Maternity clinic Medical dispensary

blog 2014-07-13 3

2 houses for the personnel

blog 2014-07-13 4 blog 2014-07-13 5
Pharmaceutical depot Toilets /showers
blog 2014-07-13 6 blog 2014-07-13 7

Water well funded by NASF (Nederland Albert Schweitzer Foundation)

Normally it is the women who are taking care of bringing the water to the construction site. The men of Bona have decided that for this time they will do it. Why? The water well is very close to the site and the men can send their wife(s) to the fields to work while they have an easier time at the construction site.

Opening ceremony of a new realization

At the beginning of our work here we were asked to help for the opening ceremony of a nursery school. We did not know better and we provided some cash for the event. We realized then that the people invited were all the civil servants of the area. The food and drinks were for them and not for the population of the village. The ceremony was a long series of “meaningful” speeches.

After this experience, we decided not to participate anymore in this type of event. If the village wants to make an official opening, they have to find the resources for it.

It was and it is still our belief, that the pictures of the ASAP personnel with official people from the area are not needed to convince our partners that we are doing a proper job.

Now, sometime the funding partner wants to have this official opening because he needs the pictures. This is the case of the Japanese Embassy in Burkina Faso. They would like to have the television and the press when we will officially open the medical center in Bona. We do not have any funds for that and the village has limited resources. What would you do?

End of the school year at the LAP

Yesterday it was the end of the school year at the LAP. There was a parent meeting at this occasion.

blog 2014-07-13 8

There were 118 parents available for this meeting (only 2 mothers, all others were men). It was time to answer some questions, to give the results of the past year and to talk about the coming year.

Evolution of the number of students:

blog 2014-07-13 15

blog 2014-07-13 9

Grades of the girls have improved a lot thanks to the foyer.

blog 2014-07-13 10 blog 2014-07-13 11

Funny to see that the boys are a lot shorter than the girls…. But they are catching up!!!

Only 4 students will not come back to the LAP next school year, this is also a major improvement over the past years.

blog 2014-07-13 12

Girls in front of their dormitory, ready to go home for vacation.

blog 2014-07-13 13

Eugenie watching one of the girls leaving the foyer: Clothes on the head, one hand with cleaning materials and the other with the “daba” (tool to work the land).

blog 2014-07-13 14

Parents have come with their motorbike to take their children back home.

I am a bit sad. No bird picture this blog… I will try to catch up next blog.

Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. ~Kenyan proverb
La paix est coûteuse, mais elle vaut la dépense. ~ Proverbe Kenyan

Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully.
Le lait et le miel ont des couleurs différentes, mais ils partagent la même maison pacifiquement.

He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb
Celui qui pense qu’il est un leader et n’a personne qui le suit est seulement en promenade. ~ Proverbe du Malawi

[:fr]

It has been now more than a week that we did not get any rains and farmers are starting to worry. While I am writi
ng this message however, rain starts to fall.

No papaya for breakfast

I am used to have papaya with yoghurt for breakfast. This trip we cannot find papayas. When we ask why, the answer is that it is not the season. Since I always had papayas here whatever time of the year, we asked again and the words “white flies” come out. The flies are coming from the rural areas to the suburban areas. Is this an effect of the GMO again?

 

Since there are still some mangos available, I will have to settle for the mango jam of Eugenie in my yoghurt. Excellent also.

Construction of the Medical center in Bona

May be you remember that at the beginning of the year, we got funding from the Japanese embassy in Burkina Faso to build a medical center in the village of Bona.

Well, it is almost ready.

blog 2014-07-13 1 blog 2014-07-13 2
Maternity clinic Medical dispensary

blog 2014-07-13 3

2 houses for the personnel

blog 2014-07-13 4 blog 2014-07-13 5
Pharmaceutical depot Toilets /showers
blog 2014-07-13 6 blog 2014-07-13 7

Water well funded by NASF (Nederland Albert Schweitzer Foundation)

Normally it is the women who are taking care of bringing the water to the construction site. The men of Bona have decided that for this time they will do it. Why? The water well is very close to the site and the men can send their wife(s) to the fields to work while they have an easier time at the construction site.

Opening ceremony of a new realization

At the beginning of our work here we were asked to help for the opening ceremony of a nursery school. We did not know better and we provided some cash for the event. We realized then that the people invited were all the civil servants of the area. The food and drinks were for them and not for the population of the village. The ceremony was a long series of “meaningful” speeches.

After this experience, we decided not to participate anymore in this type of event. If the village wants to make an official opening, they have to find the resources for it.

It was and it is still our belief, that the pictures of the ASAP personnel with official people from the area are not needed to convince our partners that we are doing a proper job.

Now, sometime the funding partner wants to have this official opening because he needs the pictures. This is the case of the Japanese Embassy in Burkina Faso. They would like to have the television and the press when we will officially open the medical center in Bona. We do not have any funds for that and the village has limited resources. What would you do?

End of the school year at the LAP

Yesterday it was the end of the school year at the LAP. There was a parent meeting at this occasion.

blog 2014-07-13 8

There were 118 parents available for this meeting (only 2 mothers, all others were men). It was time to answer some questions, to give the results of the past year and to talk about the coming year.

Evolution of the number of students:

blog 2014-07-13 15

blog 2014-07-13 9

Grades of the girls have improved a lot thanks to the foyer.

blog 2014-07-13 10 blog 2014-07-13 11

Funny to see that the boys are a lot shorter than the girls…. But they are catching up!!!

Only 4 students will not come back to the LAP next school year, this is also a major improvement over the past years.

blog 2014-07-13 12

Girls in front of their dormitory, ready to go home for vacation.

blog 2014-07-13 13

Eugenie watching one of the girls leaving the foyer: Clothes on the head, one hand with cleaning materials and the other with the “daba” (tool to work the land).

blog 2014-07-13 14

Parents have come with their motorbike to take their children back home.

I am a bit sad. No bird picture this blog… I will try to catch up next blog.

Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. ~Kenyan proverb
La paix est coûteuse, mais elle vaut la dépense. ~ Proverbe Kenyan

Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully.
Le lait et le miel ont des couleurs différentes, mais ils partagent la même maison pacifiquement.

He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb
Celui qui pense qu’il est un leader et n’a personne qui le suit est seulement en promenade. ~ Proverbe du Malawi

[:de]

It has been now more than a week that we did not get any rains and farmers are starting to worry. While I am writing this message however, rain starts to fall.

No papaya for breakfast

I am used to have papaya with yoghurt for breakfast. This trip we cannot find papayas. When we ask why, the answer is that it is not the season. Sin
ce I always had papayas here whatever time of the year, we asked again and the words “white flies” come out. The flies are coming from the rural areas to the suburban areas. Is this an effect of the GMO again?

 

Since there are still some mangos available, I will have to settle for the mango jam of Eugenie in my yoghurt. Excellent also.

Construction of the Medical center in Bona

May be you remember that at the beginning of the year, we got funding from the Japanese embassy in Burkina Faso to build a medical center in the village of Bona.

Well, it is almost ready.

blog 2014-07-13 1 blog 2014-07-13 2
Maternity clinic Medical dispensary

blog 2014-07-13 3

2 houses for the personnel

blog 2014-07-13 4 blog 2014-07-13 5
Pharmaceutical depot Toilets /showers
blog 2014-07-13 6 blog 2014-07-13 7

Water well funded by NASF (Nederland Albert Schweitzer Foundation)

Normally it is the women who are taking care of bringing the water to the construction site. The men of Bona have decided that for this time they will do it. Why? The water well is very close to the site and the men can send their wife(s) to the fields to work while they have an easier time at the construction site.

Opening ceremony of a new realization

At the beginning of our work here we were asked to help for the opening ceremony of a nursery school. We did not know better and we provided some cash for the event. We realized then that the people invited were all the civil servants of the area. The food and drinks were for them and not for the population of the village. The ceremony was a long series of “meaningful” speeches.

After this experience, we decided not to participate anymore in this type of event. If the village wants to make an official opening, they have to find the resources for it.

It was and it is still our belief, that the pictures of the ASAP personnel with official people from the area are not needed to convince our partners that we are doing a proper job.

Now, sometime the funding partner wants to have this official opening because he needs the pictures. This is the case of the Japanese Embassy in Burkina Faso. They would like to have the television and the press when we will officially open the medical center in Bona. We do not have any funds for that and the village has limited resources. What would you do?

End of the school year at the LAP

Yesterday it was the end of the school year at the LAP. There was a parent meeting at this occasion.

blog 2014-07-13 8

There were 118 parents available for this meeting (only 2 mothers, all others were men). It was time to answer some questions, to give the results of the past year and to talk about the coming year.

Evolution of the number of students:

blog 2014-07-13 15

blog 2014-07-13 9

Grades of the girls have improved a lot thanks to the foyer.

blog 2014-07-13 10 blog 2014-07-13 11

Funny to see that the boys are a lot shorter than the girls…. But they are catching up!!!

Only 4 students will not come back to the LAP next school year, this is also a major improvement over the past years.

blog 2014-07-13 12

Girls in front of their dormitory, ready to go home for vacation.

blog 2014-07-13 13

Eugenie watching one of the girls leaving the foyer: Clothes on the head, one hand with cleaning materials and the other with the “daba” (tool to work the land).

blog 2014-07-13 14

Parents have come with their motorbike to take their children back home.

I am a bit sad. No bird picture this blog… I will try to catch up next blog.

Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. ~Kenyan proverb
La paix est coûteuse, mais elle vaut la dépense. ~ Proverbe Kenyan

Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully.
Le lait et le miel ont des couleurs différentes, mais ils partagent la même maison pacifiquement.

He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb
Celui qui pense qu’il est un leader et n’a personne qui le suit est seulement en promenade. ~ Proverbe du Malawi

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