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 ...
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.
The new AMPO year always starts in August after a summer break. Many new activities started in September and the new orphans moved into AMPO.
A lot has happened this past month in terms of personal stories, summer events and support activities and … the AMPO kids have also produced their own song!
Fatimata was full of hope when she and Ibrahim got to know each other one day. At the age of 23 she was rejected by her family and had been living on her own since then. This is not unusual among many women in Burkina Faso, and they all have one thing in common – they are HIV-positive. Despite her fears that Ibrahim would also reject her because of her condition, she decided to tell him. He was HIV-negative, she HIV-positive. Nevertheless they still wanted to have a family. Soon the couple were expecting their first child, but Fatimata as before was very afraid. Neither she nor Ibrahim had any earnings. How were they to afford food, clothing and a roof over their heads?
More micro-credits have been given to women. Every month, P.P.Filles staff visit the women at their workplaces and are available to answer questions and give advice to them.
In the middle of March Katrin Rohde visited the Paspanga solidarity centre. The centre houses 70 elderly women accused of witchcraft without reason – one of the surest ways of getting rid of women in Burkina Faso. They are alone, with no medical assistance.
On 27th February the AMPO Clinic in cooperation with Lafia Care, an association of young Burkina doctors, launched an awareness campaign concerning Hepatitis B. This is an infectious disease of the liver, occurring in nearly one third of the world’s population and for which however there is a
No presents please!
Heike Kimm from Bad Emstal in Germany celebrated her 50th birthday on 20th February 2020.
It was a great party with lots of lovely people.
At that time nobody had even heard of corona ....
The invitation read: “No presents please, I have everything I want, so I’d rather you donate to AMPO in Ouagadougou.” She raised €2,000 in donations for wheelchairs.
This was the third birthday that Heike raised lots of money for AMPO.
There’s more to come. My name is Christine Labudda and I’ve been selling waffles, cakes, coffee, punch and mulled wine in my lovely flower shop for the past 15 years. But it is Heike who pays for all the ingredients. Every year we raise between €600 and €800.
Thank you, Heike.