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Burkina Day 10

Bobo and Juliette 20 January 2014   We left at 9:00 for what I thought would be a five-hour drive to Bobo Dioulasso. But thanks to the European Union’s splendid resurfacing of the road, we made it in a little more than four hours. Gilberte called Catherine,

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Burkina Day 9

Koudougou—Laure Estelle, General Meeting 19 January 2014   Laure Estelle’s current situation was a total mystery to us. We had approved two versions of her budget—one if she passed the civil service exam and then did a teaching internship somewhere in the Bush, the other if she

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Burkina Day 8

18 January 2014 Koudougou—Jacqueline, Léocadie, Edwige, Naba My son was very concerned about this day, when demonstrations against the President were scheduled in the major cities. Blaise Compaoré has been in power some 27 years. The Constitution says he may not run again in 2015, but many

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Burkina Day 7

17 January 2014 Koudougou—Brigitte, Noëlie For the third year in a row, I hired Mr. Nana’s Mercedes with his trusted driver and mechanic, Marcel. Marcel drove over from Koudougou to pick us up. I checked the mileage on the car—it was getting up there. The European Union

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Burkina Day 6

Burkina Day 6 Thursday 16 January 2014 1. Father Didier Father Didier showed up on time for breakfast at 8:00 a.m.  He is Father Albert’s nephew. He and Fred spoke mainly about Marie, and he seemed as puzzled as we are. She told him she had problems

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Burkina Day 5

Pélagie 15 January 2014 1. Pélagie The International Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering goes by the acronym 2iE. It is one of Africa’s finest engineering schools and attracts students from all over the world. One of our girls, Pélagie, is in her third year in hydrology.

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Burkina Day 4

Dada 14 January 2014 Today is the birthday of the Prophet, the date of which is difficult to calculate in advance. So it was sprung on us as something of a surprise. Our appointments at universities had to be rescheduled, but it also afforded us the opportunity

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Burkina Day 3

Marie, Rita, Inès Laurencia, Josiane Monday 3 January 2014 Most of our students are in class from early morning to early evening. It’s not easy to visit them at their universities. But this morning, Marie had a 30-minute break at 9:30 and Rita at 10:30. Each is

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Burkina Day 2

General Meeting 12 January 2014 Today is the day of our general meeting. We support 12 girls in Ouagadougou, and they’ve all been invited to the offices of Christiane Toé, whose management consulting business is in a new quarter of town called Ouaga 2000. In 10 years,

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Burkina Day 1, part 3

Haoua 11 January 2014 It was time for our last appointment of the day with Haoua. How do we get around Ouaga so effortlessly? Christian Toé, the management consultant who handles our finances here, loaned us her car and driver, Abdulai. Abdulai drove us last year and

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