"Access to good health should not depend on where you live."

- Victoria Beckham

"Only once you have carried your own water, will you learn the value of every drop."

- David Avocado Wolfe

"Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world."

- Nelson Mandela

Education

Key to Success

At Konkourona Primary School, children were crammed into multigrade classrooms in poor condition. There was no office for the School Director and teachers. KAFO supported community efforts to build 3 new classrooms and an office. This will enable lesson preparation for single grade instruction and a reduction in the number of students in each class. Our goal is to improve the quality of the education such that the number of children who pass the annual Certificate of Primary and Elementary Studies (CEPE) increases beyond 1-2/year.

​KAFO was able to support building lodging for teachers, students pursuing education beyond elementary school, computers and monitors for classrooms, and purchasing textbooks, notebooks, pens and other school materials for each student. Additional plans to support community improvements to education include:

• Renovating existing classrooms
• Constructing a pavilion for outdoor instruction
• Constructing a library
• Supporting training for teachers

Water/Sanitation

Every Drop Counts

The climate in the village of Konkourona in Burkina Faso, West Africa is tropical, with two main seasons: a rainy season from May or June until September, and a dry season from September through May or June. Temperatures range from approximately 82 to 108°F (28 to 42°C) during the day and can be even higher in the village classrooms, as the sun warms the metal roof, which radiates heat.

​There is no running water in Konkourona and villagers collect water every day in buckets, basins, and other containers from crudely constructed wells for drinking, cooking, washing, and bathing. There is no sanitation available, so open-air defecation is practiced, which can contribute to the spread of infectious diseases. KAFO plans to increase the water supply by drilling wells and installing pumps. Latrines will be built to improve sanitation.

Healthcare

Access Limited

Traditional healing practices are used in Konkourona, Burkina Faso, in West Africa, but sometimes villagers need additional help. The nearest doctor or hospital is approximately 50 miles away from Konkourona. Many children die of preventable illnesses and adults have among the lowest life expectancies in the world (~61 years). KAFO plans to build a primary healthcare center to provide access to basic health services such as first aid, medicines and vaccines, and maternal care.

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