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Burkina Day 14

Ouagadougou–Christiane 24 January 2014   Two days with little to do but get ready to leave. I went to the arts and crafts center, where I found my friend Kalifa working in the courtyard making bronze statues by the lost wax method. His hands trembled slightly; he

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Burkina Days 12 & 13

Koudougou—Jacqueline, Ouaga 22 & 23 January 2014   We said good-bye to the Pagezys and, no, I didn’t go for a swim, which I regret. We drove past the train station one last time. We passed a simple mosque… …and stopped for a few cows. In four

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Burkina Day 11

Bobo–Natacha 21 January 2014   This morning we would visit Natacha, our 20th and last appointment with a beneficiary or potential beneficiary. We support 18 girls actually; the 19th, Sonya, is about to get her Master’s degree and the 20th, Edwige, is hoping for help next year.

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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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