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Wishing you a beautiful summer
We wish all our friends, supporters, mentors, followers and employees a brilliant summer! In Nakamtenga, the schools are now on summer vacation. The summer months are our only rainy season and most of our activities are slowing down, to focus all efforts on agriculture, for both our experimental farm and the majority of the population, for whom their own farms are an important part of the family's livelihood. From the Yennenga team, we thank you for another season of support and cheers in the work for a sustainable future.
When the pandemic struck in March 2020, Burkina Faso shut down all schools. In a country like Burkina Faso, there is no possibility of internet-based home education for the majority of the population. Most parents of the students in our schools have not been to school themselves. Being able to receive home tuition is therefore not possible. At Yennenga's schools, we tried to solve it as best we could by having the children come in small groups to pick up assignments, read books at home, and get some food.
One thing is how things work during periods of success. Another how they work in times of adversity. We see this in most areas of work, but above all, when it comes to democracy and equality, we see it in rich countries like Sweden, and in poorer countries like Burkina Faso. It is easy to invite to conversations and participation when there is peace and stability. However, when security is threatened in various ways, it is easy to fall back into old patterns, but also into protectionism and accusations. How then do we build strong structures so that they maintain democracy even in more difficult times? This is a question for Yennenga Progress, but also for anyone who wants to call themselves democracies.
Mammorna sa: Världen står inför stor förändring. Vad kan våra barn göra i framtiden om de inte har grundläggande utbildning? I Nakamtenga var det mammorna som samlades och tog initiativet att starta förskolan, för nu 20 år sedan. Det var samma gäng kvinnor som sedan drev frågan om att bygga skolan. Vi har nu nått ända till 9:an med klasser och börjat planera för gymnasiet! Låt din morsdagspresent bli ett stöd för framtiden!
Even this dry soil will improve people lives – with new knowledge
The light Sahara sand dust creates a haze almost blocking the early morning sun. It is already approaching 40 degrees when Susanne, Jari and Noël arrive at their plots and start working the soil, adding another cloud of fine gravel to the air.
Sill and surströmming and kräftor, snapsånger, Midnatt råder and Små grodorna. That is, respectively: Raw herring, rotten herring, sweet water crayfish party, drinking songs, Lucia celebration in white robes and dunce hats plus weird bouncing around the Midsummer pole. Behold this mix of Swedish contribution to global cultural exchange.
Day and night, the sun is running the health centre
Corona made it even more clear: resilience in a society is about not being dependent on the state or other actors, when it comes to the most basic human needs! Even if we are cut-off from the world in another lock down, we will be self-reliant when it comes to energy so that we can keep the health centre functioning and charge our phones so that we can communicate and receive important information.
What Yennenga has accomplished – has really put us on an exciting journey towards a self-reliant and sustainable society, on the countryside in one of the poorest countries in the world! Lifelong education, holistic care and important infrastructure is put into place. Gradually, the level of local financing was increasing. A year ago, one third of the programme budget came from its own local revenue.
Something that nearly all women experience. Do we need to talk about that? YES! Everyone experiences their first-time, everyone experiences messy moments, maybe embarrassing moments, maybe worries? So definitively we MUST talk about it!
We find it a privilege to host interns, to share knowledge about our work, but also to get new perspectives and insights from the students. I believe that the strength of working in a small organization, means that trainees get a deep insight into the projects, as all parts from planning, implementation and evaluation become available. This also means that the trainees really can contribute and make a difference.