April 2008: Update to the Global Board (Burkina Faso)

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Below is a table outlining the detailed achievements that took place in each epicenter during the period October 2007-March 2008. This report was submitted to the Global Board of Directors in preparation for the April 2008 meeting. The report refers to the four phases of the Epicenter Strategy. Learn more about the phases of the Epicenter Strategy and how it works.

Zincko Epicenter

Start Year: 1998

Phase: 4

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the National Advisory Council and 1998 Africa Prize Laureate, Aisseta Nagbila, received two trainings on participatory action research, based on shared responsibility for the eradication of hunger and poverty in The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso epicenters.
  • In 2008, the Epicenter Committee, in partnership with other organizations, opened 25 literacy centers for 750 partners of whom two-thirds are women. Classes include: reading, writing, arithmetic, and local national languages.
  • The Food Bank Committee mobilized eight tons of grain and they are working to increase their stock.
  • Construction has begun for a preschool. Materials and furniture have been secured.

Nagréongo Epicenter

Start Year: 1998

Phase: 4

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • Partners have begun to implement the best practices of microdose (the application of small quantities of fertilizer placed directly into the seedbed, which dramatically increases crop yields) and warrantage (a credit system that grants farmers access to cash credits that enables them to purchases farming inputs and store crops more effectively so that they can sell them for higher pricer during the off-season) during the rainy season.
  • Construction has begun on an eating area, modern toilets, and a fence surrounding the epicenter.
Nongfaïré Epicenter

Start Year: 2000

Phase: 4

Major Accomplishments

  • Two Vision, Commitment and Action (VCA) workshops were organized with a total of 70 people, including 40 people trained to be animators.
  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • Twenty-five literacy centers have been opened. In total, 750 people, of whom 500 are women, have take classes in reading, writing, arithmetic and national language.
  • Sensitization activities on HIV/AIDS were conducted for 74 young women who work near Taparko.
  • The food bank has been stocked with seven tons of grain.
Loaga Epicenter

Start Year: 2000

Phase: 4

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • Two VCA workshops were conducted for 70 people so they can play a strong role in fighting hunger and poverty.

  • Twenty-five literacy centers, one French language center, and one technical training center were opened thanks to a partnership with the Burkinabé State. 750 partners, of whom 500 are women, have enrolled. The French language center has trained 30 people while the technical training center has welcomed 40 partners.

  • Twelve tons of grain have been stocked in the food bank.

  • An intensive audit of the Revolving Loan Fund was conducted.

Toulfé Epicenter

Start Year: 2001

Phase: 4

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • VCA trainings were conducted, with 30 male and female partners participating.
  • A training in preventative health was conducted for 180 partners, of whom 100 were women.
  • An HIV/AIDS training was also conducted for 190 partners, of whom 70 were women.
  • An intensive audit of the Revolving Loan Fund was conducted.
  • The food bank was stocked with seven tons of grain.
Fétombaga Epicenter

Start Year: 2001

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • A three-day VCA workshop was conducted for members of the Epicenter Committee and local animators. In total, 60 partners participated, of whom 25 were women.
  • Ten literacy centers, one French language center, and one center for technical training have opened, permitting 300 partners to be trained.
  • A training on animal fattening was conducted for 40 partners.
  • 18 traditional birth attendants (TBAs) were trained by a midwife.
  • 200 partners took part in a training on reproductive health and protection against HIV/AIDS.
  • The women of the epicenter took part in a massive ceremony celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th.
  • The food bank was stocked with ten tons of grain.
Bissiga Epicenter

Start year: 2003

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • 14 literacy centers, of which one is reserved exclusively for the members of the Epicenter and Loan Committees, were opened. These centers have since enrolled 420 partners, of which 280 are women, in local language training.
  • A total of 150 women and 50 men have taken part in sensitization activities and trainings on HIV/AIDS.
  • The food bank has been stocked with six tons of cereal.
  • A delegation of 25 women from the epicenter took part in the national celebration of International Women's Day in Tenkodogo, in the presence of the First Lady of Brukina Faso.

Kouy Epicenter

Start Year: 2003

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • A VCA workshop was conducted for the members of the Epicenter Committee, the Epicenter Loan Committee and the Village Loan Committee. A total of 48 members attended, of whom 50% were women.
  • A total of 90 partners, of whom 60 were women, enrolled in literacy classes in three centers opened by The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso.
  • A massive festival commemorating International Women's Day took place at the epicenter.
  • The food bank was stocked with 12 tons of cereal.

Bougué Epicenter

Start Year: 2003

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • A three-day VCA workshop was conducted for 60 people.
  • A workshop on preventative health and protection against HIV/AIDS was conducted for 210 partners, of whom 120 are women.
  • The food bank was stocked with eight tons of grain.

Yéguéresso Epicenter

Start Year: 2004

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • VCA workshops were conducted for roughly 800 people, 50% of whom were women, allowing partners to create their own vision for sustainable development and to take action to make this vision a reality.
  • 60 people enrolled in literacy classes in three centers opened by The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso.
  • Sensitization workshops in preventative health and protection against HIV/AIDS were conducted for 435 partners.
  • The Canadian non-governmental organization (NGO) Out Off helped provide the preschool with games, dolls and toys as well as support to young mothers -- these services are estimated at 500,000 FCFA.
  • The NGO Images d'Ailleurs offered games to the preschool in Yéguéresso.
  • The NGO Equilibre Nord-Sud gave over 50 books to the library at Yéguéresso for primary school children.
  • An exhaustive audit of the Revolving Loan Fund was conducted by The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso staff.
  • The food bank was stocked with 20 tons of grain.

Diapangou Epicenter

Start Year: 2005

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • A VCA workshop was conducted for 290 partners.
  • The food bank was stocked with 17 tons of grain.

Vy Epicenter

Start Year: 2006

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • 15 VCA workshops were conducted for roughly 1,200 partners.
  • 260 partners were trained on HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • The food bank was stocked with 17 tons of grain.

Sapouy Epicenter

Start Year: 2007

Phase: 2

Major Accomplishments

  • The leaders of the epicenter, including the President of the Epicenter and the President of the Loan Committee received two trainings on participatory action research.
  • A VCA workshop was conducted for 150 partners.
  • 250 partners were trained on HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • The food bank was stocked with 12 tons of grain.

Vowodogo Epicenter

Start Year: 2008

Phase: 1

Major Accomplishments

  • 200 people attended VCA workshops conducted during the third week of February.
  • An in-depth training was conducted for members of the village-level committee.
  • Preparations for construction of the epicenter have occurred, including training for partners to ensure effective participation in the construction.

Boulkon Epicenter

Start Year: 2008

Phase: 1

Major Accomplishments

  • A VCA workshop was conducted for 158 men and women in addition to other workshops conducted for the construction of an epicenter in Phase 2 (2009).

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