Pastor Joel Zongo and his wife will oversee the project. He is also a leader in a youth organization there in Burkina Faso.
NEW PROJECT FUNDRAISING -
The School for Young Women and Teens in Niangaloko, Burkina Faso -
This project will include housing for teen girls to allow them to complete their schooling and have a place to call home and people to call family. It will include teaching responsibility, accountability and good family values. This will also include an education center for skills training such as sewing, weaving and soap making to empower these girls to earn an income and support themselves. Village women will assist in teaching classes and also attend classes to empower them as needed.
Project Milestones: UPDATE!! 11/2/2017 - The first milestone is accomplished!! We have purchased land in Burkina Faso!
Next, we will raise funding to begin the first phase improving the property in Niangaloko and drill a well, build an initial housing building and begin sewing and small business practices classes. Initial start up costs are approximately $40,000 for the first phase.
Second phase will add a training center to expand program offerings to include additional skill training and services such as computers, weaving, gardening and animal care
Future goals: Research additional partnership facility options for training and education out in the village of Kimini and begin scholarship and higher education support for the women and children served.
Three hectares of land outside the village of Niangaloko will be acquired for the project.
LIGHTING THE PATH
Empowering People, Changing Lives
Research shows that girls in poverty face a future of little hope.
Globally more than 62 million school age girls are not in school.
Statistics show that in certain areas of the world up to 85% of the girls are never educated and remain illiterate.
Girls are twice as likely to be malnourished and over 15 million girls under the age of 18 are forced into marriage annually. Girls who are in school are often forced into marriage upon finishing primary school and never receive additional education. For every additional year of school a girl receives her income earning potential is increased 10 to 20%.
Girl are more likely to be subject to violence and sexual assault on the long walk to and from school and even at school.
It also shows that educating girls and women is one of the most beneficial things to improving the poverty level, health and future of a family.
Girls are often not sent to school because of the cost and the idea that they do not need to be educated to work in the fields and care for the family.
We plan to open an education center in Niangaloko, Burkina Faso for those girls who are not sent to school by their family and are often sent out of the house to survive on their own at age twelve or forced into marriage. They often end up on the streets with no one to care for them and no where to go.