At the end of January an association, whose aim is to contribute to the development of young people in the Sahel Region, organised a joint dinner for the children. The meal provided the members with an opportunity to show solidarity and support for the children. The menu included seasoned rice with fish, a traditional local dish, and bissap juice. The hosts also brought along soap for the children and promised to come back again with more gifts in the future.
Travel diary Burkina Faso 2023
We set off for the airport at 3 a.m. on the start of our journey to AMPO in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. We flew to Brussels, arriving in the wind and the rain, but it didn’t matter we weren’t going outside. At Brussels airport we met the other three members of our group who flew in from Frankfurt.
December brought some lovely gifts to AMPO. The good Christmas action of a group of artists was to offer a storytelling evening to our AMPO protégés.
In the month of October, 140 women received help through the granting of micro-credits in the AMPO project P.P.Filles. Many of them are widows and are in difficult situations. Some are internally displaced persons who had to leave their villages behind because of terror.
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50 boys returned to the orphanage on the 22nd of September after spending 8 weeks with their families or guardians. During this time the team of educators were busy with enrolment in school, procuring school material and making school uniforms.
After discussions and applying the means test criteria, five new boys joined the orphanage. For them of course it was all new and took a bit of getting used to. But everyone was enroled, kitted out and ready to start school on time on the 3rd of October.
The young women at our MIA/ALMA refuge took a break from their normal daily activities this month. This meant they had more time to play various board games like Ludo or to play cards.
Some projects are currently on summer break, but we can report on the MIA-ALMA women's shelter. New activities are always being carried out there to prepare the women for independence.
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.
There’s an angel on our roof
... Katrin Rohde used these words to describe the happiness she experienced in Ouaga shortly before her return journey to Hamburg ...