COUNTRY/TOWN: Burkina Faso / Ouagadougou
LENGTH: 2012 onwards
This project aims to provide schooling and training for 400 girls between the ages of 8 and 19 in extreme need in the Rimkieta neighborhood, one of the most disadvantaged in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. In addition to training, the program includes daily food and medication for the girls to prevent endemic diseases in the area.
Through this program we accompany girls and young women in primary and secondary school. Since 2015 we also accompany them in university, where two students from Rimkieta have enrolled. Those who did not continue to university received professional training to prepare them for the workforce.
Getting these girls into school has required mediation with their families to explain to them that school is a safe environment that will offer them opportunities for the future. Most of the girls come from a situation of total or partial orphanhood. It takes a lot of effort for these girls to go to school every day since from a very young age they usually take on the hardest domestic chores.
The project has been carried out since 2012 in collaboration with Fundación Amigos de Rimkieta and under the management of María Vázquez-Dodero.