Burkina Faso

Projects in Burkina Faso

Community Economic Development

The CED project, initiated in October 2013, evolved out of the Developing Agriculture, Environment and Business Abilities (DABA) project. After conducting needs assessment with stakeholders at all levels (community members, government partners, NGOs), it became evident that the project needed to be refocused on small scale income generating activities and improved business management which will lead to gains in household incomes and therefore increased food security. The CED project was developed to support rural, small scale farming groups and individuals in improving and sustaining their agriculture-based enterprises and, ultimately, improving community food security and livelihoods.

Goals

  • Improve business efficiencies and profitability for agricultural-based organizations
  • Increase smallholder farmer household income

Education

The Project was developed in 1997, responding to a request for assistance from the Burkinabè government, and aligns with the educational priorities of the country. In 2012, the government of Burkina Faso established a ten-year education strategy designed to improve access to and quality of education, increase the number of pre-schools, and to promote bilingual education with a focus on local language in the earlier school years, and progressive implementation of English teaching in primary schools. As a result, the Education Project refocused its activities in 2013 to include early childhood education, childhood literacy, and TEFL. Math and Science teaching have been phased out in 2015.

Goals

  • Increase student success
  • Improve teaching
  • Improve the school community

Health

The Project was most recently revised in 2013, with active participation of stakeholders from the Ministry of Health, regional and local health officials, community representatives, NGO partners, and Peace Corps Volunteers. The project is designed to respond to the country’s health needs and priorities, including HIV/AIDS prevention; reduction of teen pregnancies; nutrition promotion; water sanitation and hygiene improvement; promotion of family planning; malaria prevention. The sustainability of project activities is enhanced through capacity building of health care providers to improve the health status of the population, particularly among mothers and children under five years old.

Goals
  • Promote sustainability
  • Foster improved maternal, neonatal, and child health
  • Promote healthy living

Let Girls Learn

On March 3, 2015 the Peace Corps and Office of the First Lady launched Let Girls Learn, a powerful collaboration to address the constraints that girls face globally in completing their education and achieving their potential.

Goals
  • Improve opportunities for girls to attain quality education
  • Increase girls’ leadership and overall perceived sense of agency
  • Increase community engagement in support of positive, gender-equitable norms that facilitate girls’ education and full participation in economic and community life

All Volunteers regardless of their sector are working with individuals, organizations, and communities through Core Activities such as promoting Camps to Clubs Continuum, Student Friendly Schools, Promoting Menstrual Hygiene Management, Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality, Promoting Youth Sexual Reproductive Health, etc.