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 ...
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.