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2019 Day 3

Day 3: Ouaga-Koudougou, 11 January 2019 Breakfast at the Karité Bleu is always a pleasure. Anne busied herself translating my photo report of yesterday into French. The ride took about two hours. We approached Father Albert’s street—no names, no numbers, no garbage collection. Father Albert was welcoming

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2019 Day 2

Day 2: Thursday 10 January 2019 Ursula, Hélène, Roberte, Madeleine, Françoise, Adjarata Anne, being the good journalist that she is, scoured the local newspapers over breakfast. “Oh, look,” she said. “The US Embassy is advertising Fulbrights.” I quickly sent Ursula an e-mail with the information. The deadline

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2019 Day 1

Day 1: 9 January 2019 Christiane, Christine, Adissa, Josiane, Jeanne, Ursula, Haoua   It was comforting to return to Le Karite Bleu (Blue Shea Nut Tree) auberge. This is my eighth year, I think. The garden was so peaceful, dominated by the tall sculpture of a gold

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Séance de santé sexuelle et de planification familiale

In attendance from CFC/BWEF and to conduct the session were: Christiane, Safia, myself, Michel Komi (a nurse) and Christine – and Djeneba Ouedraogo, who spent 15 years working at ABBEF (similar to Planned Parenthood in Burkina Faso). The students present were: Josiane, Diane Kabore, Helene, Madeleine, Rita,

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2017 Day 20 & 21

2017 Day 20 & 21

Sunday 29 and Monday 30 January 2017 I would wrap up my visit in these last two days. Mariam, Chance for Change’s representative in Burkina Faso, joined me for a visit with Rajaa, whom she had proposed to us as a beneficiary. Rajaa is in her third

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2017 Day 19

2017 Day 19

Saturday 28 January We started the day with a visit to Josiane’s aunt’s house, where she lives during the school year. She borrowed her aunt’s motorbike to guide us to the spot. She invited is into a well-kept courtyard. We sat and chatted in a cosy living

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2017 Days 17 & 18

2017 Days 17 & 18

Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January 2017 This morning we headed off to a pilot school called Nonghen, where a member of Christian’s association of university women teaches. For five years now, we’ve facilitated an exchange between students in Burkina Faso and those in a middle school

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2017 Day 15 & 16: Ouagadougou

2017 Day 15 & 16: Ouagadougou

Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 January 2017 Abdoulaye made good time; we were back in Ouagadougou in under two hours. My favorite guesthouse, the Karite? Bleu, had been booked solid at the beginning of January, but I was able to get a room for the rest of

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2017 Day 14

2017 Day 14

Day 14 Monday 23 January 2017 We started the day by heading down Koudougou’s main road towards the university. We support four girls at the University of Koudougou, which was shut down for months last year after a fire in the administration building. Some students, none of

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2017 Day 12 & 13: Koudougou

2017 Day 12 & 13: Koudougou

Days 12 and 13 Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2017 The only bus to Koudougou leaves at 1:30, so I had the morning free. Looking out into Yves’ and Odile’s yard, there were huge cartons of aid items under a protective tarpaulin. The shed they built,

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