Bobo Dioulasso; the second largest city in Burkina Faso
Bobo is located in the south-west region of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in Western Africa. 10 years ago, Bobo had a population of 600,000, but due to rapid population growth and intense migration of people from rural areas to the city, its population now exceeds 1.5 million. When families reach the city, they find there is inadequate infrastructure to cope with the growing population. Schools are particularly affected. With so many children searching for places in schools, many are increasingly oversubscribed or have class sizes in excess of 100 pupils.
In 2005, International Needs opened La Bonne Nouvelle School in Colma, a northern district of Bobo. La Bonne Nouvelle is made up of both a primary and secondary school, which are currently attended by over 450 pupils. The school welcomes all children of all faiths but particularly focuses on encouraging Muslim girls to pursue education as they are often the most unlikely to get an opportunity to go to school due to economic and cultural reasons.
In 2017, the government shut down 71 unlicensed schools in Colma. These schools were taking advantage of poorer parents and children by taking money but having no interest in providing quality education; class sizes in these schools were up to 200 pupils. This has put pressure on the entire education system as thousands of children now need places in licensed schools. Due to the high demand for school places The Burkina Faso Ministry of Education has asked La Bonne Nouvelle School to create an additional 140 paid places and has committed to continue funding them for five years, starting in September 2018.
To do this, a new block of 4 classrooms were built on the La Bonne Nouvelle site. The building work began in March 2018 and was completed shortly before the start of the new school term in September 2018. To plan ahead for potential future expansion the foundations were built to allow for a second storey of classrooms to be added in the future.
With the incredible generosity of our supporters, we were able to raise the £70,000 needed to build and equip the classrooms ready for students. The high demand for school places meant that the additional places provided by these classrooms were quickly filled during the September intake.
How you can make a difference at La Bonne Nouvelle
One of the main barriers to education in Bobo Dioulasso is cost. By sponsoring a child living in Bobo Dioulasso, you can give the life-changing opportunity to go to school. Find out more about becoming a sponsor today here.
Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about this programme and other ways you can get involved, please get in touch with National Director Danny Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 26th, 2022
By Asmau Durnin– Programme and Partnerships Manager
IN Burkina Faso, with the support of its partners, has been helping children who have been victims of terrorism who have taken refuge in Bobo-Dioulasso. Since the beginning of 2021, 51 refugee and orphan children have been admitted into the International Needs Group Assistance Programme (INGAP) to make a total of 156 children. The programme has been successful so far in supporting the full integration of children back into academics and in restoring their hopes for a bright future. International Needs US has supported the team in Burkina Faso with a motorbike to aid the visitation of children under INGAP as well as office furniture to increase their capacity for reporting and archiving.
The International Needs team in Burkina Faso have been busy making great strides with evangelism and providing relief, education, and medical assistance to vulnerable families which have been distressed by violence and terrorism in the country.
To accommodate the new refugee students, a classroom expansion project costing £84,169 has also commenced with IN UK’s support to build additional classrooms which will take up to 200 new students at La Bonne Nouvelle school.
The team has also been busy with a feeding programme for the thousands of families who have fled into Bobo-Dioulasso from terrorism in other parts of the country. Many of those who were able to reach Bobo-Dioulasso are widows and orphans who lost their husbands and fathers during the attacks. IN Burkina Faso launched a food distribution programme to relieve the refugees with more than 100 households receiving a bag of rice. The initiative was well appreciated by the Burkina Faso government. In addition to the distribution of food, the team took the opportunity to share their Christian faith and distribute Bibles with those who were interested.
With the help of partners, the team in Burkina Faso are doing so much for local communities in crisis!
Please get in touch with us by calling 01883 331332 or email Danny Morris on email@example.com. If you would like to know more to support the work in Burkina Faso.