COUNTRY/TOWN: Burkina Faso / Ouagadougou
LENGTH: 2012 onwards
This project involves schooling and training for 400 girls from 8 to 19 years of age in dire need in the Rimkieta neighbourhood—one of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. In addition to training, the programme includes their daily meals and medication to prevent diseases endemic to the zone.
Via this programme, we accompany the girls and young ladies through primary and secondary education, and also university since 2015, where we now have two students who were educated in Rimkieta. Other less able students are given training to be able to enter a profession.
Achieving schooling for these girls has required mediation with their families to explain to them that school is a safe environment that will provide them with opportunities for the future. Most of the girls have a background as complete or partial orphans and they make a very great effort every day to go to school, since as of a very young age they usually help in the toughest household chores.
The project has been carried out since 2012 in collaboration with the “Friends of Rimkieta Foundation” under the management of María Vázquez-Dodero.