Part of the villages’ economic activities – such as the mills, the soap workshop and cultivations for school canteens – are reinvested in order to ensure sustainability. The village committees are essential to this method of working.
• Launch of two community centres complete with libraries• Scholarships for the middle school, currently given to 80 students • Grain mills • Equipment for training courses in sewing and mending cars for young people • Soccer to boys and girls, including tournaments • Restoration of wells • Sponsorships for three women's groups producing textiles and soap • Solar panels on schools • Launch of a project of conservation agriculture to address consequences of climate change • Long distance adoption for the children of single mothers in the capital Ouagadougou
In the first months of 2015 we have repaired 30 forage (closed wells with pumps) in several villages of the two Districts. These add to the four repaired in 2014. The funds were for 29 wells, but the technician has been so good to save money for an extra one. We also organized formation courses for the maintenance and gave out kits of tools. Each village has put a committee in place to keep the pumps in good condition and the area around them clean... There is a run off of water from each well which allows the lifestock to drink from a concrete pool.
Total funds € 14.909
For the school year 2014-2015, we have granted 8 scholarships for the middle school to students from several villages.
Total funds € 680
Mill in Perkoa, which also serves 7 neighbouring villages.
Total funds € 3.080
Reparation of two wells in Kordié, neithbourhoods of Koly and Boulkuiyo.
Total funds € 1.155
For the school year 2014-2015, we have granted 8 scholarships for the middle school to students from several villages. Total funds € 680
Mill in Thébo, which also serves 10 neighbouring villages.Total funds € 3.086
Reparation of two wells in Samba, neighbourhoods of Pella and Kossana.Total funds € 1.054
The village is located at 40 km from the capital Ouagadougou, populated by 800 inhabitants of Mossi ethnic group.
MillTotal funds € 3.490
In the Northern Region, at about 180 km from the capital Ouagadougou, we started a microcredito project with family Savadogo.
Chicken farmTotal funds € 824
Eight child sponsorships were active by end of 2013.
Funds dispensed € 2.880
The SCHOLARSHIP programme for primary school children to attend the four-year course of the middle school continues in Kordié and Samba. The diploma allows access to state employment or to further studies. For girls, is also a tool to avoid early marriages. 37 scholarships have been awarded for the school-year 2013-2014.
Funds dispensed: € 3.145
Additional funds have been destined to the LITERACY FOR ADULT WOMEN programme launched in 2012.
Funds dispensed € 1.257
Additional funds have been destined to the SPORT FOR GIRLS programme launched in 2012.
Funds dispensed € 1.573
Fourth year of the LONG DISTANCE ADOPTION programme launched in January 2009 and aimed at the children of single mothers in the city of Ouagadougou.
Eight child sponsorships were active by end of 2013. Funds dispensed € 2.550
Every afternoon across the wall from our office/house, we can hear the enthusiastic cries of a group of young men playing football in the wide dusty street. Recently they came and asked us to sponsor their team. So now there is a SOCCER TEAM with an Italian logo and FITIL written on their shirts. They haven’t won a game yet, but just wait…Total funds € 157
Fourth year of the SCHOLARSHIP programme, which allows five primary school children of each village to access middle school. Annual fee is 85 Euros. Funds dispensed € 5.850 (for 78 students, two unfortunately died during the meningitis epidemic).
After the severe drought of 2011 and consequent food shortage, in the spring of 2012, Fitil completed the emergency project started the year before, providing FOOD SUPPLIES to 230 families of the four villages.Funds dispensed € 4.000
In the same period, a serious meningitis epidemic has spread through the area, Fitil did not have funds for mass vaccination, so it financed an AWARENESS CAMPAIGN and EMERGENCY AID in collaboration with local health authorities in Niou.Funds dispensed € 2.226
In the fall, we started a LITERACY PROJECT FOR ADULT WOMEN (Reflect method), much solicited since our very first meetings with the communities. The 3-year programme is addressed to 125 women of the four villages, subject to the training of appropriate personnel.Funds dispensed € 15.562
Another project started by Fitil is raising great interest and approval from other associatios, local authorities and the Ministry of Sport: a SPORTS PROGRAMME FOR THE GIRLS of the villages, who will train to play soccer and volley.Funds dispensed € 4.920
In the spring, Fitil has financed a project in a Bedouin community in Palestine. Working together with the NGO Vento di Terra and with additional funds from UNICEF, we have provided Early Childhood Training for ten Bedouin women from the local community who will then work in the pre schools in the Jahalin communities around Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Funds dispensed: € 1.600
Scholarships for 60 students to attend middle school, 15 from each village, third year of the program – € 4.500
Workshop on reproductive health for 150 women and 70 men of the four villages. The basic principle of the project has been aimed at developing their ability to intervene in this field and study the correct behaviour in: family planning, pregnancy and breastfeeding, diseases linked to reproduction, prevention of AIDS and sexual infections, behaviour during the menopause, identification of herbs and medicinal plants, preparation of natural remedies, planting and protection of plants used in natural remedies. – € 2.827
Emergency food assistance after severe drought and consequent famine. Beneficiaries: children under 5, pregnant women, elderly people belonging to 230 families of the four villages. – € 7.046
Special funding of school canteens for the primary schools of the four villages (total 1,600 students) after sever drought and damages to crops. School canteens are otherwise self-sufficient, with parents growing crops started by Fitil and preparing meals. – € 6.814
Additional solar panels for primary schools, after those installed in 2010. – € 1.611
Survey on the use of mosquito nets, carried out by the students who have scholarships to the middle school. Both the students and the villagers have shown great interest in the survey and thanks to their work the local health authority was able to register a decrease of 25% in malaria cases - € 0
Third year of the LONG DISTANCE ADOPTION programme.
Solar panels for primary schools in the four villages. Thanks to this project, students of all ages can study after sunset and villagers can recharge their mobile phones… € 5.928
Grain mill in Goagba – € 3.000
Vaccinations against meningitis in the four villages. – Quantity: 260. € 3.000
Soccer teams in the four villages. Since then, there have been tournaments and trophies! – € 2.200
Contribution for reforestation project in Goagba – € 150
Scholarships to middle school for 40 students, second year of the programme. € 3.000
Repair of two wells in Tangseghin – € 1.667
Second year of the LONG DISTANCE ADOPTION programme.
Crops for school canteens in the four villages. In the collective fields villagers grow beans and sorgho, the funding includes 4 carts, 8 donkeys and cooking utensils. The school canteens cater for 1.600 students. – € 5.000
Workshop on communal crops in the four villages aimed to optimized the activity. – € 332
School tables for elementary school in Goagba. 30 tables, accomodating 82 students. € 1.375
Scholarships for the first year of middle school to students of the four villages. The diploma makes young people eligible for public employment and further education. For girls, is also a mean to avoid early marriages. – € 1.500
Vaccination against meningitis in Tangseghin (182 doses) – € 2.087
54 latrines in Goagba, Kouka and Tangseghin – € 5.068
Irrigation canals in Sakouli – € 1.273
Bycicle and plastic materials for soap production in Sakouli – € 106
Training workshop for the Village Committees of the four Villages. 36 participants, 5 days – € 900
Repair of buldings damaged by the violent summer rains in Sakouli (soap factory, grain mill, French-Arab school) – € 707
First year of the LONG DISTANCE ADOPTION programme.
Fitil’s projects in 2008 have involved activities in the village of Sakouli as well as in three nearby villages – Tangseghin, Kouka and Goagba. The projects carried out resulted from meeting with the local communities who expressed their priorities: grain mills, mosquito nets, reforestation and housing for teachers and school rooms at the elementary school of Goagba. In June, we also decided a 30% increase of local salaries in line with the higher cost of living in Burkina Faso.
Meningites vaccines in Sakouli. Quantity: 400 – € 3.446
Repair and cleaning of three wells in Sakouli. – € 4.756
Acquisition of 5 carts for farmers in Sakouli. The villagers use them in turn. – € 1.46
Shea nuts for soap making in Sakouli. – € 860
Additional materials for soap production. – € 537
Acquisition of a bicycle for women who manage the grain mill in Sakouli (mainly for getting the fuel, available 7 km away from the village. – € 61
Mosquito nets for children under 5 and pregnant women in Goabga. Quantity: 510 – € 1.565
Construction of lodgings for 2 teachers at the elementary school of Goabga. – € 1.145
Contribution to reforestation in Goagba. The village began to plant trees on an area of 5 hectares in 2003. Fitil contributed to the project for 2009 with 1.500 trees. – € 577
Mosquito nets for children under 5 and pregnant women Kouka. Quantity:150 – € 460
Grain mill in Kouka. – € 3.315
Mosquito nets for for children under 5 and pregnant women in Tangseghin. Quantity:140 – € 430
Grain mill in Tangseghin. – € 3.315
School lunches at primary school in Sakouli for 300 students. € 2.287
School rooms at Goagba. – € 1.725
In 2007, Fitil’s projects were all in the village of Sakouli. Main initiatives ranged from socio-economic field to education, health and environment. The most important project was building and equipping a soap making workshop. In health there was an informative campaign about avian flu and the mosquito nets were re-impregnated. The school canteen run by the mothers of the students was resupplied. A special donation was given for supplying 150 women with birth certificates and for a more advanced management training course for the village steering committee.
Total funds € 9.869.
In 2006, Fitil’s projects were all in the village of Sakouli. Main initiatives ranged from socio-economic field to education, health and environment. The most important project was starting the school canteen in the primary school of the village, after which attendance rose from 40 to 60%. Then we funded vaccinations against meningitis, costruction of compost pits, other contributions to agriculture and reforestation of an area of the village. There where also programs of information and awareness on various subjects such as the prevention of meningitis and the benefits of using latrines. Fitil worked with a group of Theatre Forum and the local authorities to disseminate information.
Total funds € 10.644.
Associazione Fitil Onlus started working in the village of Sakouli in the fall of 2005. The first projets proposed by the community were a grain mill, which created a job for 15 women, the costruction of forty latrines, which contributed to the reduction of intestinal diseases, the distribution of mosquito nets to children under 5 and pregnant women.
Total funds: € 5.071.
With the sum of € 9.448 we opened an office in the capital Ouagadougou, in a cottage that also serves as a home when we visit. We also bought three motocycles for our Burkinabè collaborators and financed the first training course of the village steering committee.