New Classrooms at La Bonne Nouvelle School 2022

New Classrooms at La Bonne Nouvelle School 2022

First of all – we would like to extend our immense gratitude to all our supporters for contributing to the growth of La Bonne Nouvelle school.

Classrooms for Refugees Project Update – May

Preparations for the second story of Classrooms at La Bonne Nouvelle School

Total Raised So Far:

£26,000 out of the needed £84,169 has already been raised!

Construction is in full swing. The roof is off as it must be reinforced to support the second story of the four new classrooms!

The roof is off!

Please get in touch with us by calling 01883 331332 or email Danny Morris on If you would like to know more to support the work in Burkina Faso.  

Classrooms for Refugees Project Update – April 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards the building of a second story of new classrooms for refugees at the La Bonne Nouvelle school.

We are excited to have raised almost half of the needed funds and continue to appeal for more funds to complete the classrooms before the end of this year.

Preparations to commence the expansion work are fully underway with concrete iron and cement purchased to reinforce the foundations on which the new classrooms will be built.

IN Burkina Faso and IN UK are very thankful for your support! 

Want to learn more or find other ways to get involved? please get in touch with National Director Danny Morris at

Or please donate here.

Cement at the ready

The school continues to be a pillar of hope

La Bonne Nouvelle delivers a high standard of education in the Colma district of Bobo Dioulasso. A new block of four classrooms were built back in March 2018 to provide more learning spaces for children. Particularly after a shutdown of unlicensed schools by the Burkina Faso Ministry of Education, these classrooms came at a time of great need. The block was built with the potential for adding a second storey in the future.

Students at La Bonne Nouvelle

We now need this expansion following the current influx of internally displaced persons into Bobo Dioulasso as a result of the recent political crisis in Burkina Faso. This crisis reached boiling point at the start of 2022; all of which has ignited volatility and violence in many parts of the country. It also saw the former president overthrown by the military. It adds to an already fragile context of ongoing conflict leading to a dramatic downturn in security and rocketing displacement. Many people in Burkina Faso are currently struggling to find food, water, shelter and medical care.

The refugee children need to be enrolled in school. But Bobo Dioulasso’s infrastructure has not matched the steady rise of its population growth over the years. The city’s population is now 1,074,309 growing by an average of 5.16% every year – an annual increase of around 49,000 people.

There is immense need to expand the infrastructure and give children access to good education. The Burkina Faso Government continues to support funding for 140 children, however the growing numbers requires further expansions of classroom space for them to learn. To do this we need to raise £84,169 to build an additional four class rooms on top of the current ones.

Can you help? Donate here.

So far, Bobo-Dioulasso is stable from chaos and continues to be a place of refuge. Families are therefore fleeing to Bobo, families like Kadidiatou’s: (content warning – distressing story).



“My name is Kadidiatou [pictured above], I am in grade eight and I am 16 years old. I come from a family of five children. My village is located at 30 km from Banfora. A few months ago, my father was murdered by armed men while he was cultivating the field. He was simply executed by his men without any valid reason. With my mother and brothers, we fled to Bobo-Dioulasso. Thanks to the Group Sponsorship Programme of IN Burkina Faso, I have just started going to school again and I have hope for the future.”

It is devastating to hear of these stories. We are shocked by what these young people are going through and want to help create a safe place for them to continue their education. We hope you will join us to expand this school for these children.

To summarise, there are three main reasons we need to expand this school:

  1. The local population is growing as families move from rural parts of the country to more urban areas in search of employment and better livelihoods
  2. The Burkina Faso government closed the large number of unregistered schools in 2018 to ensure they could monitor standards. This meant thousands of children across the country needed to find new school places.
  3. The refugee situation in Bobo is getting worse, families are fleeing areas of conflict and looking to resettle in Bobo.

We need to raise £84,169 can you help?

  • £19.50 will fund a square foot of the classrooms
  • £312 will fund 16 square feet
  • £1,248 will fund 64 square feet
  • £10,605 will furnish the classrooms with desks and chairs
  • £21,042 will build one classroom

If you would like to find out more about this project and other ways you can get involved, please get in touch with National Director Danny Morris at or please donate here.

This project was completed in February 2023

Burkina Faso


Key facts
  • The city of Bobo Dioulasso’s population is now 1,074,309, with a growth rate of around 49,000 additional people, annually.
  • Infrastructure has not matched this steady rise in population growth.
  • Violence, conflict and displacement are drastically increasing, with the former president overthrown by the military at the start of 2022.
  • The rapidly growing population calls for an urgent expansion of classroom space to allow children to learn.
  • To do this we need to raise a total of £84,169 to build an additional four classrooms.

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project updates

March 15th, 2024

Healing through the Lens: Trauma Care Support

The students from La Bonne Nouvelle who have been part of the Trauma Care Programme have been delighted to show off their produce…

(Directly above) the beauty of organic vegetables can be seen in their unusual shapes! The tomato harvest was a great success!

(Above) Melons, salad and cauliflowers are just a few of the vegetables harvested by students on the Trauma Care Support programme.

(Above) Students who are part of the Trauma Care Programme were excited to see the progress of their onions

(Above) Lots of Aubergines were harvested by the refugee students

(Directly above, left) Bitter tomato, also known as Ethiopian Eggplant

(Directly above: one of the juicy homegrown cucumbers)

One of the young women joyfully tasting a tomato, a tasty result from hard work!

25 internally displaced children attend woodworking sessions.

In a heartening display of healing and hope, we have seen a transformative journey unfold for displaced children in our care. Trauma counselling support by a psychologist and prayer sessions led by a pastor have given children a safe space to heal. Remarkably, 50 of these children now claim to be completely healed from their traumas, a testament to the power of compassionate care. Additionally, some youngsters have embraced Jesus as their personal saviour, and have found solace in regularly attending church services. We continue to foster healing, faith, and resilience in the lives of those we serve.

January 1st, 2023

Happy New Year, and a massive International Needs UK welcome to 2023!

While, of course, there is much uncertainty as we take our first tentative steps into the new year, we are excited about the prospects and what God has in store for us in his kindness and provision.
As we prepare to return to work, college or school in the next few days, please spare a thought and a prayer for those who are in ‘learning poverty’. That’s a term which describes the reality of children and young people who are unable to read and understand simple text. According to analysis by the World Bank, as many as 70% of 10-year-old children in low- and middle-income countries are in this position.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. For just £20 per month at today’s rates, you can directly support the education of one eager pupil through our Child Sponsorship scheme. It’s a really great way of making a tangible, practical difference in a young person’s life, and research shows that completing an education can break the cycle of financial poverty too.
You could also support Group Sponsorship, which – as the name suggests – helps a group or class of children access education, providing benefits to the whole community. The monthly gift goes towards school fees, supplies, a nutritious lunchtime meal and mental wellbeing support.

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Above: Children from Burkina Faso receiving gifts through our child sponsorship programme.

We realise times are hard and finances are stretched, but we need to act urgently. Could you commit to sponsor a child (or, if you’re already giving in this way, add another child)? Perhaps you could join with others in your church, small group or social circle if its beyond your means alone. Or could you increase your regular giving to support a larger group of children keen to learn? Or maybe you might help us recruit sponsors by spreading the word, telling people about the important needs. One easy way to do that is to simply hit ‘share’ on this post and add your personal endorsement.
To help us get more kids Back to School, email Kim – our ever-helpful Donor Services Manager – at
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May 26th, 2022

IN Burkina Faso is Making Great Strides!

Students at the La Bonne Nouvelle School

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.

Motorbike for INGAP Visits supported by IN US

Miss Tabita Kone Coordinator of INCAP Using New Computer Supported by IN US

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.

Preparations for the second story of Classrooms 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.

Widows receiving food support

Pastor Jean Kone of IN Burkina Faso with group of trainee Evangelists

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 If you would like to know more to support the work in Burkina Faso.

May 26th 2022

Project launched