COVID-19 in Burkina

Burkina Faso is also having an increase of the COVID-19 cases. The numbers do not compare with what we have, but from 10 to 20 cases per day, it is now more around 100 cases per day(320 on the 12th). Let us hope that those official numbers are true. The health care system is absolutely not able to take care of a pandemic.

Children of the nursery school of Nefrelaye

Vaccination / Pharmaceutical industry

Even before the Corona virus, there was controversy about vaccination. On the one side you have the believers who are taking all vaccinations available. On the other you have the people who do not believe in the benefits of vaccination. For the believers, it is like a dogma which cannot be discussed.

It is very difficult to find “a truth” among all the arguments for or against. Also the profit aspect of the pharmaceutical industry creates even more suspicion.

The future vaccines for the Corona Virus do not escape the debate. Will I get the vaccine so that I can travel again and meet people? My first instinct is to doubt a product which has been developed so fast. I understand that new technology has been used, cooperation between laboratories and huge amount of money made available. But…..

People in Burkina Faso do not believe that there is a pandemic, why should they get a vaccine?

The only sure thing is that pharmaceutical companies are making fortunes on the backs of people.

Refugee children at the LAP

At the start of the school year 2020-2021, we have welcomed 5 students coming from refugee families (4 boys and 1 girl).

The 5 students coming from refugee families

We were a bit worried about the integration of those children with children coming from poor rural families. Actually, it went very well. One of the differences we have seen is the motivation to take advantages of the opportunity given to them. Children from farmers families have been sent to the LAP and if they are not successful, they will go back to their villages. Girls getting married and boys working in the fields with their father. The children of refugee families have gone through more adverse conditions and they want to get out of those conditions.

The results is that the 5 students are at the top of the class. We have to find ways to increase the motivation of the other students. Hopefully the example of the refugee children will create a positive dynamic.

Bronze artists in Burkina Faso

The largest market for the bronze statues made in Burkina Faso is the export market. Expatriates, visitors are buying statues in Burkina and artists make regular visits to European countries to promote their work through demonstrations, workshops and expositions.

The COVID-19 virus has stopped the travelling of the artist, stopped visitors to come to Burkina and most expositions have been cancelled.

Until the artists develop new ways of promoting their work (social network) they will have a lot of difficulties.

ASAP has been working with some of them for more than 20 years. Part of the sale revenues of the statues also helps ASAP to support its organization and fund projects in the villages.

Elephant from Adama Gandema

For more statues go to: https://asap-foundation.org/nl/bronzen-beelden-van-burkinart/

Quotes of the week

“I am & have been for years a confirmed anti-vaccinationist. Anti-vaccination has no backing from the orthodox medical opinion. A medical man who expresses himself against vaccination loses caste (is shunned). Tremendous pecuniary interests too have grown around vaccination.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“Vaccines are extremely well tested; their safety is well understood. The false allegations about vaccines causing autism have been disproven. But there are still echoes out there confusing people.”    Bill Gates

Have a good week,

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