is never lost
Give everything every day.
For children in need.
July is the one month in the year at AMPO when the project phases come to an end and we develop new strategies for the coming year. It is also the start of the summer holiday programme for the staff and the children.
These monthly stories clearly show how much AMPO can change the lives of individuals. We should take this as an opportunity to perceive the small (and big) successes and to be happy about them.
This year both Christian and Muslim fasting periods overlapped for a few days. The girls at the orphanage were competing with each other when it came to observing the principles of fasting, like sharing, penance, praying, avoiding insulting language.
... Katrin Rohde used these words to describe the happiness she experienced in Ouaga shortly before her return journey to Hamburg ...
There are many everyday stories to report from February. The girls went to a radio station, the boys did their spring cleaning and the CINÉMOBIL team talked to lots of people.
Despite the uncertain circumstances in Burkina Faso, there is once again positive news to report in January. AMPO has had new children, more than 100 women received help and the children were able to really let off steam.
Every year on the 24th of December we celebrate Christmas at AMPO along with millions of others across the world. In the runup to the holidays the AMPO kids play an active part in the preparations for the festival. The girls and boys clean their huts and the educators take them to the market to buy new shoes and clothes they choose themselves.
October is a very special month for the Clinic. As part of a WHO initiative, 4 weeks every year are devoted to breast cancer awareness. Of course the AMPO Clinic also took part in the "Octobre rose" scheme.
In spite of soaring temperatures the pupils of the Freie Waldorfschule in Heidelberg held a sponsored run for a good cause. They had already started contactjng sponsors for the run and they succeeded for the most part. Those unable to offer financial support were able to assist in other ways …
Despite the tropical heat, the flea market in Darmstadt went very well. Our AMPO supporter, Elena Onken, was there selling articles from our shop and other hand-knitted products. The proceeds went to AMPO. Thank you so much, Elena Onken. We really admire your creativity and your commitment.
The Whitsun charity concert held during a flea market in Pfingstberg near Plön was a huge success! The BroCross family band raised enough for two wheelchairs for children in Burkina Faso. Fans who had travelled specially from Emsland and Hanover joined the band in a traditional laola wave when each contribution was announced. There are eleven members of the band, two brothers with their families from Plön and Melle near Osnabrück. The youngest is only ten years old. With brilliant weather and a constant supply of cold drinks, coffee, cakes, skewers of meat and sausages, about 1,000 participants had a great time at Hof Schlossblick, home of the Rothfos family. Thanks to all our helpers we had an unforgettable day.
It was our great pleasure to meet the Director General of AMPO in Ouagadougou, Dénis Yameogo, and the Director of the Clinic, Léontine Samandoulougou
We held an online meeting with the DEVELOPmed.Aid organisation on the 20th of May. Two of the founders, Katrin Rohde and Dr. Lena Katharina Müller, spoke about the cooperation between the two organisations and how that came about. We also talked about the challenges facing development work in Ouagadougou. But there were exchanges on a happier note as well. All of us are in admiration of the commitment of these young people who founded this relief organisation when they were still students. Thanks to the cooperation between AMPO and DEVELOPmed.Aid it has been possible to carry out major medical interventions on nearly 1,400 children so far.
For a summary of the online meeting click on the Link.
On Saturday we held a jumble sale for a good cause in Berlin at the Berolina eG Housing Association on Jakobs-Inseln. We were not put off by the poor weather forecast and lo and behold it was all in all a huge success for AMPO. There were lots of visitors and everyone was in good spirits in spite of the wind. Katrin’s presentation was very well received with standing room only towards the end. Katrin spoke in detail about the AMPO facilities and the work being done in Burkina Faso, highlighting this with the success stories of young people who started at the AMPO orphanages. The audience had the opportunity to raise some very interesting questions later and so we had a very positive exchange. We are already looking forward to the next jumble sale and other events with our valuable partner, Berolina eG Housing Association.