Burkina Faso 2011

Introduction to the work in Burkina Faso

Connecting Deou’s 28,000 Inhabitants to Medical Care

Since 1986, AMURT has held a presence in Deou and its surrounding territory, engaging in forestation and the development of hospitals, wells, cooperatives and cereal banks. The organization and its volunteers were first assigned to this incredibly rural and disconnected part of Burkina Faso by the country’s Ministry of Health and has been helping to improve the lives of the area’s inhabitants with ever since. In 2001, health education became the program’s primary focus. AMURT’s general objectives include:

  • Further training the 33 community-based TBAs (Traditional Birth Attendants)
  • Improve the health care provided to mothers of the Sahel region
  • Organize educational activities through theatre and meetings
  • Find efficient ways to reduce the scarcity of water during the dry season.

In remote communities of the Moussi and Peuhl tribes, as many as 60 % the girls have their genitals cut at the age of 12-14. This Peuhl girl is from the Ndiawe village, a nomad community.

AMURT’s activities are spread within a radius of about 50 kilometers of the Sahel region, comprising more than 35 villages and a population of over 28,000 inhabitants. The Sahel is a particularly poor and environmentally damaged region of Africa south of the Sahara that became infamous in the 1970’s when almost 200,000 people died as a result of drought and famine.

Most villages have nothing resembling a medical center, and the only things that can get a person in danger to a government clinic are the donkey cart ambulances provided by AMURT. These clinics are around 50 kilometers away and are poorly equipped, often lacking doctors to care for patients. Pregnancies are can be especially dangerous as women rarely receive medical checkups and are exposed to heightened risk of anemia and malaria in addition to the normal difficulties encountered in childbearing.

Accessing clean water is a daily struggle in Deou. During the long dry season, people line up day and night in often distant places to fetch just enough water for their daily needs. Many wells and bore holes have dried up as the underground water table is consumed faster than it regenerates. Cattle are forced to move greater and greater distances between water points and grazing areas. This places great stress on them and several die from the trek.

Our trainer Madame Oubda takes time to answer questions personally after her class on breastfeeding Fanta from Boulekessi Soum was trained in 2005 and has established herself well in her community

Village midwives

The AVs are earning the respect of their communities. They are assuming a position of leadership that has been unavailable to women due to the traditional separation of the sexes. The AV’s effectively fulfill the role of the health promoter for mothers and babies. Their training has also brought them to the frontline to raise awareness in this conservative society about concerns crucial to the welfare of women. For example, they are advising women in their communities about family planning and the threat of HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is brought to the area by men who travel to find work in the dry season.

The Peuhl AV at Ndiawe village gets help from visiting UK midwife Suniiti Crowther to understand how to better use the instruments in her midwife kit
The AV from Bungelday gets read to practice oral resuscitation. The use of teaching aids (visuals and dolls to demonstrate/practice on) are particularly important when teaching the illiterate, who find it difficult to follow theoretical classes
Before the program started, virtually no women of the Bella tribe would come for pre-natal consultation or deliveries at the medical centers. With the efforts of the AV´s (village midwives) these attitudes have started to change, and the Bella tribe no longer remain aloof from the health infrastructure of the country.



Staff at Seva Clinic get expert training from Italian volunteers

The Altri Bar in Italy raised money to give water to the Kpevekor community. This is first time they get piped water in their village!

Construction of a new larger filter with assistance of Engineers Without Borders

First Kekeli (village health promoter) training, Seva village, Ghana, JAugust 2007. Kekeli means "brightness" in Ewe, the local language.

First Kekeli (village health promoter) training, Seva village, Ghana, July 2007. Kekeli means "brightness" in Ewe, the local language.

Second Kekeli (women's health promoters) training, Somekpe village, Ghana, September 2007

AMURT Ghana Update April 2008




Villages in Ghana receive running water for the first time through AMURT’s community owned water project. The existing projects expand to 6 more villages and get a new roughing filter. The Seva Clinic gets a laboratory.


Mafi Zongo Water Project: New Roughing Filter Smoothens Drinking Water Access


We are excited that we have finally started the construction of a new larger filter with assistance of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). The new filter is close to eight times larger than our current roughing filter. When completed in May this year, it will ensure a better water quality year round, and prevent the clogging of the filters that has made it difficult for the project to meet the high demand for water during the dry season. Two engineers from EWB in Tucson, Arizona supervise the construction.


Construction crew with engineer from EWB


The water project was planned in three phases. In September 2008 we connected three communities of phase 3, bringing the total number of communities served to 26. The communities of Mankukope, Avlavikope and Avukope did all the hard labor of digging the trenches. With the help of AMURT Italy, and community groups in Casalmaggiore we were able to connect three more communities to the Mafi-Kumase Water Project. The communities are Kpevekor, Dekpoe and Kpokukope.


We started to nurse tree seedlings to be planted around the dam and the catchment area. With the inspiration and guidance of volunteers from New York City, a group of school children has started a tree nursery near the Zongo dam. We intend to plant 3000 seedlings around the catchment area to protect the dam and reduce silting.


KEKELI PROGRAM – Focus on Maternal Health


Twenty-five traditional birth attendants (TBA’s) trained by volunteer Lisa Dalporto graduated in a ceremony at the Seva Clinic in 2008. Four representatives from the District Health Department and six assembly men graced the occasion and inspired the TBA’s in their work.


We are confident that our ongoing maternal health campaign will make a difference in maternal and infant health in the project area which extends to forty communities, and a population close to fifteen thousand.


Mafi-Seva Clinic – New Laboratory


In March, a team from AMURT Italy came to install a laboratory at Seva Clinic. Gideon from the Seva Clinic had spent two months as an apprentice at the Adidome Hospital and was well trained. The clinic lab at Seva can now do diagnostic tests for the most common diseases in the area, including malaria, typhoid, HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, giardia, e.coli, strep, etc. They can also do complete urine test, hemoglobin and blood sugar tests. AMURT intends to continue to support the improvement of the clinic’sfacilities and services so as to serve the community better.

Ghana and Burkina Faso News July 2008

Warm greetings from rainy Accra. As always, deep thanks to all of you who contributed your time, talents and resources to help move our project work forward in the first half of 2008.

Spending time in the African village with the water project, we gradually start to think like the villagers. We feel closer to the earth, and experience our dependence on nature in a very real sense. Like farmers, we are always studying the clouds. We are always asking God, why He can’t get it right with the rains. We join the farmers, as they complain about too much or too little rain, then we stop, catch ourselves and laugh as we let the mystery be, He knows best, He is doing everything very well.

This year the rains have been steady since early May. The dam is filling up. Our main challenge is to maintain the filtration system as the dam water quality falls with the constant run off into the dam. We are looking ahead to make the improvements with the help of Engineers Without Borders and Rotary International. With the help of AMURT Italy one new community has already got new water, and three more are still digging trenches for their connections. The water project made strides towards a genuinely sustainable project by tightening the management of the finances and cutting water losses.

The volunteers share the love of dancing with the villagers, Torun & Ingrid at Adiekpe Seva Clinic staff demonstrating at the TBA training session Village midwives in training in Deou.

The Seva Clinic has been in transition as long time staff moved on and their places taken by new faces, all from the local communities. The role of homeopathy at the clinic and in the out reach work continues to expand. A new kitchen and storage building has been constructed.

The Kekeli women movement is growing, both in numbers and scope. It has been wonderful to see the full participation in every meeting and the creativity and confidence of the women grow as they become more established in their roles as health educators.

Since 2005 we have been working with Traditional Birth Attendants in the area. This summer, with the help of Lisa, an experienced mid-wife from West Virginia in the US, we are again turning our focus to maternal health, and the response has been great.

The Safe Motherhood program in Deou, Burkina Faso is in transition. We are very happy to welcome Dada Purusottama in June who has taken over responsibility for AMURT Burkina Faso. After three years of funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development, we are now studying which direction to take. Still we were able to initiate the program of supplying donkey carts for transport of pregnant women, construct a maternity room and health post in Gorolbay, and conduct training sessions for all the village midwives and village health agents.

The project areas in Ghana and Burkina Faso continue to provide fantastic opportunities for AMURT to shine. By charting a progressive course for the work, it’s our hope that our presence in these areas will be a catalyst for genuine change and development. Our long presence in the project areas has taught us much. The people welcome us and accept us, and have understood that AMURT’s only goal is the upliftment of the communities. It’s our realization that, just as we need to be vigilant as individuals to ward against selfish intentions, as an organization we need to maintain the same purity of purpose. That’s the key.

Brotherly yours,

Dada Daneshananda, AMURT coordinator
25 July 2008

ECOLE AUBE NOUVELLE, meaning “New dawn school”

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Author’s Name
Dada Dayashiilananda Avt
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Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Sanskrit:Aniruddha / Legal:André Diafouka
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country Village: -, Sub-district: -, District: Brazzaville, Province: Brazzaville, Country:Congo-Brazzaville, AM Sector:Nairobi
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Development Project
Project accomplishments 1.No need of advertising anymore for enrolment of the school children. 2.Very much improvement in the payment of the school fees by parents. 3. Success in purchasing premises for Aube Nouvelle; renovation of house in progress.
Project lessons learned 1.School canteens in poor neighborhoods are essential for success of school projects. 2.School project has to take into account the welfare of the adults too. 3.The welfare of the people is a great means for communicating Baba’s Ideology to them
Project needs currently: human, in-kind, cash Human: 1 informatician, 1 english teacher. In-kind: 5 computers, 1 printer. Cash:a)7200 Euros for the feeding program of this school year. b)Renovation of the house purchased: 10,835 Euros
Project support sources Amurt Germany, Amurt Italy, AILE Universelle (France), Dada Vishvarupananda
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) Mobile: +2425497358, no email yet.
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Education
Project starting date October 2003
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) Paid:7, Volunteer:4
Project expenses (yearly) 9713,29 Euros
Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:13 pm
Aube Nouvelle school started end of 2003 as a primary school in a rented house.It was opened in order to help parents most of whom are very poor to educate their children at low cost(5,3 euros per month) with free distribution of food twice a week .

Kekeli Health Education Program – GHANA

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Dada Daneshananda
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Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Dada Daneshananda / Tor Bjornsen
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country Village: Mafi – Seva and surrounding communities, about 28 communities so far, Sub-district: -, District: North Tongu, Province: Volta Region, Country: Ghana, AM Sector: Nairo
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Development Project
Project accomplishments 1. Training of 28 women as Kekeli women, village health promoters. 2. 100 page health education manual compiled and translated into local language
Project lessons learned 1. Necessary to train local people to do the education. 2. Best to focus on women while doing health education. 3. health education is effective and low budget
Project needs currently: human, in-kind, cash Human: trainers able to give women’s leadership classes, that is adopted to the African village. In-kind: education materials, visuals. Cash: minimal
Project support sources Private donations, volunteers through Kids Worldwide and other sources
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) Email:,, Phone: +233-21-666-746, Mobile: +233-24-518-9086
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Health Education
Project starting date Feb 2005
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) Paid: -, Volunteer: Emperor and Bernice.
Project expenses (yearly) Low budget, 2007, we have spent less than USD 2,000
Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:42 am
Community health education – Main component training of women as village health promoters, they are known as Kekeli women, other component training of TBA’s (Traditional Birth Attendants), sex education in the secondary schools, hygiene and sanitat

Safe Motherhood and Midwifery – BURKINA FASO

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Dada Daneshananda
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Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Sanskrit: Dada Daneshananda / Legal: Tor Bjoernsen
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country Village: All villages of Deou Department; Sub-district: – ; District: – ; Country: Burkina Faso ; AM Sector: NAIROBI
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Development Project
Project accomplishments 1. Training of 38 village midwives in remote tribal villages. 2. Bella tribe women seeking pre-natal consultation.
Project lessons learned 1. Follow and supervision is the key. 2. Partnerships with govt. can be good. 3. Patience, if things don’t work immediately, it might work if you give it some time.
Project needs currently: human, in-kind, cash Human: volunteers possible. In-kind: – . Cash: funding for program runs out at the end of 2007, we need a new funder.
Project support sources Main donor is NORAD, Norwegian Agency for Development, through AMURT Norway
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) Email:, Phone: +226-50343455. Mobile: + 226-70067601
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Health education, women.
Project starting date Feb 2002
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) Paid: 3, i.e: Rasa–Ouaga coordinator, Ibrahim–driver, Numero Une-Deou coordinator. Volunteer: –
Project expenses (yearly) About USD 35,000
Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:02 am
Partnership program with Burkina Faso Department of Health to reduce maternal mortality, Components, training of village midwives, health education of women in the villages, campaign against FGM, pre-natal consultation for pregnant women, follow up, supe

Mafi Zongo Water Project – GHANA

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Dada Daneshananda
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Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Dada Daneshananda / Tor Bjoernsen
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country Village: 23 communities, center is Mafi Zongo; Sub-district: – ; District: North Tongu ; Province: Volta Region ; Country: Ghana; AM Sector: Nairobi
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Development Project
Project accomplishments 1. Safe water to the communities. 2. Communities working together and taking responsibility. 3. Leading to other developments, health education, clinics, electrification.
Project lessons learned 1. Local leadership is the most important factor to make project successful. 2. The devil is in the detail, thorough attention to technical details in planning and implementation is needed, serious problems will occur. 3. Good communications,
Project needs currently: human, in-kind, cash Human: Help to strengthen and stabilize the management, engineers. In-kind: – . Cash: approximately USD 30,000 for new roughing filter and drainage construction
Project support sources AMURT Italy and Amici Nel Mondo, Italy has been the source of main funding. Engineers without Borders, Tucson, Arizona is main source of technical support, AMURT Italy Manavendra has also provided technical support.
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) Email: or Phone: 233-21-666-746. Mobile: 233-24-518-9086.
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Water & Sanitation
Project starting date 1994
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) Paid: 1 paid by AMURT (Bholanath); Volunteer: many.
Project expenses (yearly) 2004 : USD 56,114, 2005 : USD 35,075, 2006 : 70,256, 2007 (January 1 to June 30) : USD 17,922
Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:44 am
Potable water to 23 communities, 9,000 people. Community owned, community managed. Components: dam, water treatment plant, distribution reservoir, 47 kilometer PVC network, 42 standpipes