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During the week the girls from the orphanage are busy with school and training activities like sewing and hairdressing. At weekends they are free to do what they like best. Especially the AMPO girls are very particular about their appearance, their hairstyles, a dazzling smile, and of course a generous nature. Our girls are the best at braiding hair and it can take up to an hour. Sometimes they queue to have their hair done by those with the best braiding techniques.

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The 19th of December was a special day:  Kadiguétou Kabore, one of our former girls married Albert Ouédraogo. Kadiguétou completed her training at the state school for Water Affairs and Forestry in 2018.

Katharina Fegebank the new patron for AMPO microcredits

In October 2020 Katrin Rohde had yet another important meeting at the Hamburg City Hall. The Deputy Mayor of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Katharina Fegebank (Green Party), received Katrin Rohde to discuss the situation in Burkina Faso and at AMPO in particular.
The country is struggling with many problems including terrorist activities, poverty and Corona. Food supplies are short and the UN is warning against catastrophic famine in the Sahel region. Many people, especially women, can no longer work independently. Street markets have been partially closed and it is now almost impossible to sell home-grown produce.

This new situation has had a major impact on AMPO where every day hundreds of women with their infants queue outside the gates asking for food, medicine or clothing.
We are so glad that Katharina Fegebank realises the urgency of the situation and has become patron of the AMPO project to finance microcredits. The project offers groups of women start-up capital for them to work independently in various areas and thus provide for their families. A microcredit for one woman costs around €40 per year. Should one of the women drop out, the other women in the group step in. Empowerment, solidarity and increased self-esteem is what microcredits can do.

Photo: Senate Press Office of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Busy hands knit for refugees

To all our wool lovers and busy knitters:

Once again we were delighted to receive another container in Ouagadougou, a third of which was full of beautifully knitted baby blankets, hats, jackets and underwear in lovely colours.

You can imagine how long it took us to sort everything out:

Most of the contents went to the victims of terrorism – more than one million. They were forced to flee their villages, many of them live in camps, having lost the land they once farmed and have no food. The nights are now cold and all of them are suffering.

Your blankets are a blessing!

Some of the products are given to other orphanages, particularly state-run institutions who have no money and no blankets. And then we also provide the other hospitals with blankets and hats to hand out. You can see from the photos how welcome these gifts are. The video shows distribution in the refugee camps.

Please keep on knitting. All of us here are so grateful.

Yours, Katrin Rohde in Ouagadougou

Lovely fundraiser from Lucia

Lucia from the Rudolf Steiner school in Mannheim came up with a brilliant idea:

In a small grocery store “Speisekammer“ (larder) she sold her homemade oilcloth. The shop supported her initiative, displaying AMPO International brochures. They collected a tidy sum just in time for Christmas.

Katrin Rohde is planning to visit the school this year to give first-hand information about AMPO. We can only hope that Corona does not put paid to that. If things work out, a visit to the larder is guaranteed.

Thanks, Lucia for your great initiative!


AMPO receives donations

Towards the end of summer 2020 the Volkssolidarität and Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft Berolina eG associations launched an appeal once more in support of AMPO. They bought new pencil cases, volleyballs, baseball caps and a volleyball net as part of a team effort and then started packing. The two associations also added a very welcome financial donation on top. Thank you!

The container arrived at AMPO in Ouagadougou in time for Christmas and the children set about unpacking.

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All’s well that ends well

Bibata is a young girl who is the victim of forced marriage. She ran away from a family court to stay with her friend. Some time later she returned to her family hoping that they had given up on the idea of marrying her off against her will. Sadly that was not the case. She refused to marry once again and was then banished by her father. She found refuge with the social services in Koubri. The social-work department asked AMPO to take her in to MIA/ALMA while they were making further attempts to reconcile her with her family. A few months after she arrived at MIA/ALMA she discovered she was pregnant. The social services were informed and contact was made to the alleged father. Two weeks after the baby was born the father came to MIA/ALMA and (fortunately) accepted paternity of his son.  

Siamese twins in the AMPO Rehab Unit

They are 3 months old and require nursing care until they are 6 months old when the doctors will decide if an operation is possible. Until then they will remain at AMPO. Their mother who suffers from mental illness unfortunately cannot look after them.

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The current situation has been exacerbated by the security crisis with hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring in to the capital, the scarcity of food between mid-July and late September, not to mention the increase in food prices. Our plan is to provide food for families who are victims of this crisis.

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In April we received a letter with a cry for help from Michel Ziba

”My name is Michel, I’m married and have 4 children. I used to work as a bricklayer. One day I was working on the support structure of a two-storey building when one of the beams came into contact with a power cable. I got an electric shock and lost both arms. I spent 6 months in hospital, 2 of them in a coma. I’ve been living with this disability now for 5 years. I was abandoned by friends and acquaintances, but thank God I’m still alive.

10 years AMPO Danmark

It is a beautiful summer’s day in the lovely garden of a small villa on the outskirts of Aarhus in Denmark. There is a marquee to provide shade, cakes and refreshments are on offer and lots of happy faces are here to welcome me. AMPO Danmark is ten years old today.

This month's diary from AMPO

Two years after the birth of her first son, Fatoumata gave birth to twins three weeks ago. Fatoumata’s husband lost his job on account of the Covid-19 pandemic and she herself is a housewife, which in this country means the same as unemployed. The couple was confronted by difficulties on two counts, Fatouma sufferered from untreated anaemia after the birth of the twins and, because her husband had lost his job, they were unable to afford care and treatment.