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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 Day 17 & 18

2017 Day 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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2017 Day 11

2017 Day 11

Day 11 Friday 20 January 2017 Dr. Traore and I started our day at the Catholic University of West Africa, where we have two first year law students, Pelagie and Therese. The administration is in a handsome colonial-era building. The girls showed up with one of their

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2017 Day 10

2017 Day 10

Day 10 Thursday 19 January 2017 Dr. Traore picked me up; we then went to the bus station to get Lambert, who came up from Banfora (80 km/50 mi away), where he works as an agricultural engineer. (He went to university with Christiane.) I recruited Lambert to

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2017 Days 8 & 9

2017 Days 8 & 9

Days 8 and 9 Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January 2017 Abdoulaye returned to Ouaga with Christiane’s car, and I took the bus to Bobo Dioulasso. As usual, I was the only non-African on the bus. Bobo is 282 km (175 miles) west of Koudougou; the ride

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2017 Day 7

2017 Day 7

Day 7 Monday 16 January 2017   In the French department of Co?tes d’Armor, where we live, we must have a half-dozen humanitarian associations dealing with Burkina Faso, although ours is the only one supporting higher education. I try to stay in touch with these other groups,

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