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SAMBA: administrative center of a district in the province of Passoré formed by 26 villages, with a population of about 36,000 belonging mostly to Mossi ethnic group, along with Gourounssi and Peulh.

KORDIE: administratrive center of a district in the province of Sanguié formed by 16 villages, with a population of about 18,000 belonging mostly to Gourounssi ethnic group, along with Mossi e Peulh.

POUSSOUG-ZIGA, a village of about 800 inhabitants belonging to Mossi ethnic group in the province of Oubritenga, at about 30 km from the capital.

ZIGA, Yatenga province, Northern Region. GOAGBA (pop. about 5,000), KOUKA (pop. about 1,500), TANGSEGHIN (pop. about 1,200), SAKOULI (pop. about 2,800) in the Kourweogo province, populated by Mossi.


After working for eight years in the four villages in the province of Kourweogo, Fitil enlarged its area of activity to other communities at about 150 km from the capital Ouagadougou, in central-western Burkina: the districts of Kordié and Samba. The communities belonging to these districts are reached by leaving the main road on which are situated Kordié and Samba and taking small, uneaven tracks through the countryside, which are often impassable during the rainy season. Each village has a Chef du Village, the administrative chief and a chief de la Terre, the animist spiritual leader.



Each village has elected a committee, the CDV, which promotes projects and is our referent in the field. nd the CDVs have prepared a list of priorities to present to Fitil, among which there are grain mill, wells reparation, construction of school buildings, soap production and support to agriculture.



And the activity goes on...

In time we plan to expand our projects in the villages, always working with the same principles of participation and sustainability. Among them, the building of a community centre on a piece of land donated by the municipality of Kordié.

And the activity goes on...In this area there are several reservoirs of water which enable winter gardens, an important aspect of the economy, especially for women. We plan to provide equipment to facilitate their work.

Our first initiatives have been the granting of scholarships for the middle school. At the moment to 53 students from different villages - building of two grain mills and the reperation of several well.



Meeting with children and mothers.


Projects and workshops have contributed in stimulating community life by giving the villagers new ways to think about and find solutions for the problems which besiege them. The role of the village committees who act as our representatives, proposing and monitoring the projects has proven essential. Participation has been the first among the positive effects of cooperation, whether it has involves making bricks for the mills or spreading the knowledge gained from awareness campaigns or workshops on malaria, reproductive health, meningitis, building technique and management. The villagers have embraced our initiatives with great enthusiasm; from the 150 women who received birth certificates and now say they feel much more sure of themselves, to the 100 women who run the mills as well as a soap factory and have been contacted by the local bank with offers of credit.

EVALUATION OF FITIL'S PROJECTS in the communities of Goagba, Kouka, Sakouli, Tangseghin Province of Kourweogo, Burkina Faso 2005 - 2013


The 80 students who have scholarships to the middle school have done a survey on the use and benefits of mosquito nets and look forward to participating in other projects. Thanks to their work the local health authority has registered a decrease of 25% in malaria cases.The institution of school lunches in the elementary schools has caused an increase in students from 40 % to 60%. This project is the fruit of a collaboration of the village chief who has made land available, of Fitil which supplied the equipment for planting and cooking and the parents who both grow and cook the food, selling the surplus at the market for the school fund.There is an enormous interest in education. The literacy course for adult women has provoked almost a revolution among those (for reasons of our budget) were not admitted. A revolution which has been calmed by promising future projects for both men and women. And the innovative program for sports for girls in the elementary schools has not only been well received in the villages, but has caused much attention in other associations as well as the National Ministery of Sport.

Other positive results have come from the construction of latrines, in so far as the inhabitants of the villages realised their use has helped them to avoid contamination of water cisterns, with the result of reducing intestinal parasites and totally obliterating the guinea worm.

Malaria cases have decreased thanks to the use of mosquito nets and better harvests have been registered after using fertilizers from compost pits.