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AMURT Burkina Faso

  • With almost half of its population living with less than USD 1 per day and a literacy rate of only 21.8%, Burkina Faso is one of the world’s poorest and least developed countries. It ranks 134th of 137 according to the World Bank/United Nations Human Development Index.

    Approximately 80% of the 16 million inhabitants live in rural Burkina Faso, and 50% are children under 15 years old.

    AMURT’s activities currently focus on two locations:

    Bissiri : 40 km south of Ouagadougou

    Kiedpologo : 25 km west of Ouagadougou

Agro-ecology operation

At a glance

Three families cultivate 9 hectares;
1 to 2 agroecology training a year;
Arboriculture: 500 fruit tree orchards (tangelo, tangerine, papaya, grapefruit, lemon, cashew nut, sweet apple) and thousands of Moringa trees;
Vegetable cultivation: onion, eggplant, tomatoes, koumba (local type of eggplant), sorrel, zucchini, cucumber, ladies finger, etc;Subsistence crops (rainy season crops): corn, pea nut, millet, sorghum, bean, etc.

AMURT collaborates with local farmers and implements agro-ecological cultivation techniques for vegetables and trees. These are eco-friendly practices of agro production, such as using local compost and manure as fertilizers, neem-based products as pesticides and trees growing within cultivated areas which aim at:

  • regenerating the soil and decreasing harmful and costly inputs;
  • optimizing the infiltration of water and the productive potential of each crop;
  • generating resources in the short, middle and long term on each plot.

Water pumps and dripping irrigation systems increase productivity and save water for out-of-season farming. We now also have a water tower attached to our borehole to supplement it. Efforts continue to develop the infrastructures, set up a better organization and offer free agro-ecology training to local farmers.

Moringa

At a glance

20 families are guaranteed an income through the selling of moringa, hibiscus, lemon grass and mint leaves;
1 team of 22 women + 3 workers employed in processing operations;
6000 moringa trees cultivated at Bissiri in agroforestry;
2 tons of dry moringa leaves produced this year (plus over 700 kg of lemongrass, hibiscus and mint);
This year, 7500 moringa herbal tea and moringa powder bags were sold in Ouagadougou shops. Starting exportation of our moringa-based products.
In Addition, the production of handmade sesame and moringa seed oil (about 50 liter/year both)

Moringa is a fast-growing tree, highly resistant to drought and keeping its leaves throughout the year. Nutritional analysis showed that Moringa leaves contain, among others, 2 times more protein than yoghurt, three times more potassium than bananas, four times more calcium than milk, seven times more vitamin C than oranges, four times more vitamin A than carrots and eight essential amino acids.

Moringa leaves produce an extraordinary food supplement when dried and ground into powder. AMURT has worked for the last six years to develop a project that aims to produce, process, and distribute moringa-based products. This program has multiple benefits, including:

  • Promoting permaculture and agroforestry principles in the gardens, where moringa trees, lemon grass and hibiscus plants are produced;
  • Generating stable revenues for the cultivators, while inputs needed for this culture are very low;
  • Empowering and generating revenue for a group of Fulani women who process it;
  • Promoting local economy in an innovative way in one of the poorest rural areas in the world, hence setting a model of rural development;
  • Promoting general health by making available – and affordable – a local superfood that will particularly benefit pregnant women, children and numerous people who lack sufficient nutritious and balanced food.

Primary Health Care Center

At a Glance

2 nurses and a midwife employed;

600 patients consulted per month on average;

20 deliveries per month on average;

open 24/24 hours, 7/7 days ;

Essential free services are provided to patients with acute cases.

Since 2010, AMURT has subsidised a primary health care center. It operates under the Ministry of Health, and services are modelled on those of the CSPS (government primary health posts). Medicines are purchased at the regional district of health. This center treats malaria, diarrhoea, infection, wound, etc. Often, when families can’t afford treatments, AMURT takes responsibility for the patient as it can become a matter of life and death. In 2021, AMURT added a maternity ward to this health center to allow mothers of Bissiri and the surrounding area to deliver without having to walk, bicycle, or use a motorcycle over 7 km on very bad dirt roads to the next maternity ward. It officially opened in February 2022, and dozens of deliveries occur every month. It is a great life’s betterment for the hundreds of mothers and families of the local community.

Education: implementing a school in Bissiri

At a glance

14 classes + library/computer room + administration building + kitchen + sport ground + tree nursery set up;
340 students, 15 teachers and 5 administrators;
115 students sponsored;
School fees, noon meals and school books subsidized;
Medical support for the students whenever necessary;
Tree nursery training and reforestation programs;
Music, reading, drawing and yoga/meditation in the program for the students.

In Bissiri, many children discontinue education after primary school. AMURT constructed four classrooms in 2013 thanks to our Italian branch sponsor. AMURT then started Bissiri’s junior high school. In 2016, the school expanded, and AMURT built four more classrooms because of the growing number of students. In the primary public school, classes are overcrowded, and the standard of education is poor. Seeing how well AMURT cares for the students, the local community asked us to start with the primary school on our campus, a dream which became a reality in 2019 with the building of 6 classes and the opening of the primary term. AMURT subsidizes the school fees, uniforms, school books, and noon meals and initiates free annual medical checkups for the students. A program of sponsorship for the children in dire need has been arranged. Education extends its jurisdiction to drawing, music, yoga, meditation, tree nursing and reforestation programs.

Ko Nere Program

At a glance

12 wells (boreholes) equipped with manual pumps in Tanghin Dassouri and Kombissiri commune;
One well equipped with solar pump, water tower, and over 1 km pipeline delivering water to Kiedpologo, a 500-inhabitant village, and its gardens;
Eight trainings were given to existing women’s associations (vegetable organic cultivation, composting and tree nursery techniques);
One acre of land was fenced to cultivate vegetables for the Kiedplogo village’s association of women, one solar dryer was installed, and various trainings were offered in processing (drying) vegetables and fruit. Regular production of dry mangoes, tomatoes, okra, parsley, etc.

The aim of “Ko Nere” (“good water” in the local language) is to ease access to water and strengthen women’s associations in their endeavour to generate income. Our integrated Ko Neere approach results from a decade of diverse experience working in rural communities in Burkina Faso. The approach is simple: we begin by surveying village water access and community organisation level. Then, we meet with village-based associations and traditional leadership to exchange knowledge. From these surveys, we draw a step-by-step progressive implementation plan: a flexible plan that may adjust according to changes in place, people, the evolution of needs as time passes and available funds. We facilitate implementation while providing ongoing follow-up and training to associations based on need. Most follow-up modules center around community and family sustainability gardens, watershed management, and self-help methodologies. Ko Neere is an adaptable, low-input program with obvious, tangible benefits for rural communities!

 

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Child Friendly Spaces in Lebanon

Group games in Child Friendly Spaces help refugee children feel normal again
Group games in Child Friendly Spaces help refugee children feel normal again

2 Year Snapshot

  • Child Friendly Spaces model for kids out of school
  • School support for 600 children
  • 3,000 refugees kept warm
  • 15,000 refugees given food
  • Facilitated 1,000 families’ refugee status

Over 2 million Syrians fleeing the war have poured into Lebanon; more than to any other country. This generous nation of only four million people has limited capacity to deal with a refugee influx of this scale. Yet, as fighting in Syria intensifies, the number of innocent civilians affected continues to grow.

Since the early days of the Syrian crisis, AMURT Lebanon has been supporting refugees in the mountainous upper Chouf district with their basic needs; providing fuel, blankets and warm clothing to protect against the cold winters. AMURT’s current focus is on the wellbeing of the refugee children.

out of school
Refugee Children out of school

The Plight of Syrian Children

Up to half the refugee children have no access to education for a variety of reasons; and many have not seen a school classroom for two years. Even refugee children in school face difficulties: one in three are unable to function properly due to the psychological scars left by the traumatizing experiences of war.

AMURT is one of several NGOs working to bring a sense of normalcy back to the lives of these children. Wherever possible, AMURT works with parents and school directors to place Syrian children directly into local government schools, while also providing group or individual psychosocial therapy to help the children integrate into their new environment.

If school placements are unavailable, or if a child requires special preparation and psycho-social assistance before entering regular school life, then AMURT’s Child Friendly Space model is the best option.

Refugee child making his mark
Refugee child making his mark

Child Friendly Spaces

Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) are safe, nurturing and stimulating environments, which provide young refugees the chance to rediscover their innate innocence and positivity. Children usually spend their first three months in the CFS free from educational targets, benefiting from a structured routine full of stimulating activities. This initial period helps them re-enter society and prepare for learning.

After this initial period, the children start a basic numeracy and literacy program, which not only stimulates their desire for learning, but provides AMURT staff with a way to measure whether they are ready to join the public school system. Once a child is ready, the next step is either to join the Back to School program, or a longer intensive learning course, such as the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), to quickly reach a suitable school entry level. In this way AMURT is creating a pathway to education.

Psycho-social Support

The AMURT psycho-social team supports children in both the CFS and public schools. They conduct observations and assessments, often working with groups or individuals referred by a teacher.

Conditions most commonly observed in Syrian children include fear, trauma, ADHD / hyperactivity, loneliness, low self-esteem and aggressiveness.

Where needed, the psychologists may use cognitive, behavioural, and positive therapies as well as psychodrama and relaxation techniques; all aimed at helping children overcome psychological distress and restoring their normal healthy outlook and behaviour.

CFS trauma art
Art therapy provides children with an outlet for their trauma so they can move into a better future.

AMURT’s psycho-social team supports children in both the CFS and public schools. They conduct observations and assessments, often working with groups or individual children referred by a teacher. The conditions most commonly observed in Syrian children include fear, trauma, ADHD, loneliness, low self-esteem and aggressiveness.

The psychologists draw upon a variety of therapeutic approaches (cognitive, behavioral, and positive), as well as psychodrama and relaxation techniques; all aimed at helping children overcome psychological distress and restore their normal healthy outlook and behavior.

Every therapy session begins with psycho-education to help students better understand themselves. They discover that what they are going through is a normal and common response to intensely traumatic experiences.

Community Participation

When parents enroll their children, they are asked to volunteer at least once a week in the program, so now many mothers regularly support CFS activities, helping to build a sense of community.

Psychologists and outreach staff regularly work with parents on family issues. This brings many positive changes in parents’ relations with their children, and further enhances Syrian community involvement with the project.

 

Back to School

Innocent children are suffering most as a result of the Syrian war that began more than three years ago. Many have gone without education for a long period since the outbreak of fighting and the vast majority of refugees streaming into Lebanon remain outside the school system.

school-children_lebanon

AMURT pays school fees and arranges transport for the most vulnerable refugees spread throughout the mountains. It is a vital help to get these youngsters back into school, where they can experience social inclusion, stimulation and a stable routine to help soothe the horrors of war and dislocation. AMURT also engages psycho-social specialists to assist their healing process and conducts teacher training to provide children a broader support network.

The joy of not being left out: being able to wear a school uniform.

Education: Hope for the Future This young Syrian girl is seen receiving her first school uniform. The previous year, her parents were forced to choose which of their children to educate, as they couldn’t afford the expenses for all. Teachers recognised she was unusually gifted, and begged she be kept in school, helping as they could. She adapted quickly to the Lebanese curriculum and excelled in all her subjects. This year, due to AMURT’s intervention, she is fully registered in school along with all of her siblings. AMURT also provided them text books and school uniforms.

Blackboard

Help for Struggling Schools Many Lebanese schools were already struggling before the enormous wave of refugees. Now refugees fill 30% of the classes in some schools, which is becoming a considerable burden on resources. Upgrading essential equipment is one way AMURT helps schools cater for newly arrived Syrians.

Joy_of_belonging

The Joy of Belonging: Wearing a School Uniform Children affected by the trauma of war and being uprooted from their former life require quick re-establishment of an educational routine and psycho-social support to regain a normal development path.

German donor agency Kinder Not Hilfe has sponsored AMURT Lebanon’s Back to School and Child Friendly Space programs since October 2013.

Winter Relief

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To help vulnerable refugee families though the bitterly cold mountain winter, during 2013/14, AMURT distributed heating stoves and fuel on behalf of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

harsh_conditions

Harsh Conditions This family is smaller than most, but endures harsh conditions all too common. Referred to AMURT by the local municipality, they lived in a 10m2 section of a concrete shed used for farm machinery. There was no window glass, just holes, and no running water. They collected water from a spring 200m away; bathing and toilet were outdoors. The mother, when already 9 months pregnant with her second child, slipped and fell in the icy cold: the baby did not survive. The father worked long hours for the farmer, earning under $5 a day.

Winter_stoves

Winter Stoves Weather forecasters predicted an especially cold winter for Lebanon’s mountains, where snowfall of 2 meters occurs in higher areas. Fuel-burning stoves are essential items, particularly for the many families living in poor housing or caring for a relative with a medical condition.

Motherless children

Motherless Children Two girls now in their grandmother’s care, who explains how their mother died in a bombing just one hour after giving birth to the younger child. She points to the eldest. “She kept asking for her mother for one month; but after that she came close to me.” Their father remained in hospital in Syria.

 

Food_distribution

Food Distribution Refugees just arriving from Syria often lack even the most basic essentials. Between 2012-13 AMURT provided all who reached Chouf District with certain emergency assistance they required: ranging from food to blankets, mattresses, and special kits for hygiene or baby needs.

AMURT is the main international NGO based in upper Chouf and works with village coordinators, municipalities and local and international NGOs. In addition to international support personnel, AMURT Lebanon has a ready pool of dedicated local staff and volunteers: team members include Lebanese and displaced Syrians, who have a strong desire to ease the suffering of their country-folk. According to the UN, this is the worst refugee crisis for 20 years. More can and must be done. AMURT is uniquely positioned to make a difference. Your help will make that possible. Help expand services for Syrian refugees and refugee children: make a secure online donation now.

 

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Syria Crisis Response 2013 Report

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 1 Year Snapshot

  • School support for 550 kids
  • 3,000 refugees kept warm
  • 15,000 refugees given food
  • Facilitated 1,000 families’ refugee status

Over 1 million Syrians fleeing the war have poured into Lebanon so far: more than to any other country. This generous nation of only 4 million people has limited capacity to deal with a refugee influx of this scale. Yet, as fighting intensifies, the number of innocent civilians affected continues to grow.

AMURT Lebanon extends emergency relief to Syrian refugees and helps them to get their children back to school. Food, blankets, mattresses and hygiene kits are supplied from AMURT’s warehouse. The team also works to ensure families can weather the harsh mountain winter by providing and installing new heating stoves for the most needy and distributing fuel they can burn. Only 15% of refugee children in Lebanon are in school. So AMURT supports local schools to increase their capacity, then provides fees, bus transport and clothing to give the most vulnerable families access to education for their children.[one_half]

Back to School

Innocent children are suffering most as a result of the Syrian war that began more than two years ago. Many have gone without education for a long period since the outbreak of fighting and the vast majority of refugees streaming into Lebanon remain outside the school system.

school-children_lebanon

AMURT pays school fees and arranges transport for refugees spread throughout the mountains in a scheme sponsored by Kinder Not Hilfe (Germany). It is a vital help to get these youngsters back into school, where they can experience social inclusion, stimulation and a stable routine to help soothe the horrors of war and dislocation. AMURT also engages psycho-social specialists to assist their healing process and conducts teacher training to provide children a broader support network.

The joy of not being left out: being able to wear a school uniform.

Education: Hope for the Future

Last year, this Syrian girl’s parents had to choose which of their children to educate, as they couldn’t afford the expenses for all of them. Teachers recognised she was unusually gifted, and requested she stay in school, helping as they could. She adapted quickly to the Lebanese curriculum, which employs less Arabic, and proceeded to excel in all her subjects. This year, due to AMURT’s intervention, she is fully registered in school along with all of her siblings. AMURT also provided text books and their very first school uniforms.

Blackboard

Help for Struggling Schools

Many Lebanese schools were already struggling before the enormous wave of refugees. Now refugees fill 30% of the classes in some schools, which is becoming a considerable burden on resources. Upgrading essential equipment is one way AMURT helps schools cater for newly arrived Syrians.

Joy_of_belonging

The Joy of Belonging: Wearing a School Uniform

Children affected by the trauma of war and being uprooted from their former life require quick re-establishment of an educational routine and psycho-social support to regain a normal development path.

Winter Relief

Chouf_winter_freeze2

To help vulnerable refugee families though the bitterly cold mountain winter, AMURT is distributing heating stoves and fuel on behalf of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

harsh_conditions

Harsh Conditions

This family is smaller than most, but endures harsh conditions all too common. Referred to AMURT by the local municipality, they live in a 10m2 section of a concrete shed used for farm machinery. There is no window glass, just holes, and no running water. They collect water from a spring 200m away; bathing and toilet are outdoors. The mother, when already 9 months pregnant with her second child, slipped and fell in the icy cold: the baby did not survive. The father works long hours for the farmer, earning under $5 a day.

Winter_stoves

Winter Stoves

Weather forecasters predict an especially cold winter this year for Lebanon’s mountains, where snowfall of 2 meters occurs in some areas.

Fuel-burning stoves are essential items, particularly for the many families living in poor housing or caring for a relative with a medical condition.

Motherless children

Motherless Children

Two girls now in their grandmother’s care, who explains how their mother died in a bombing just one hour after giving birth to the younger child. She points to the eldest. “She kept asking for her mother for one month; but after that she came close to me.” Their father remains in hospital in Syria.

Food_distribution

Food Distribution

Refugees just arriving from Syria often lack even the most basic essentials. AMURT provides all who reach Chouf District with certain emergency assistance they may require: ranging from food to blankets, mattresses, and special kits for hygiene or baby needs.

AMURT is the main international NGO based in upper Chouf and works with village coordinators, municipalities and local and international NGOs. In addition to international support personnel, AMURT Lebanon has a ready pool of dedicated local staff and volunteers: team members include Lebanese and displaced Syrians, who have a strong desire to ease the suffering of their country-folk.

According to the UN, this is the worst refugee crisis for 20 years. More can and must be done. AMURT is uniquely positioned to make a difference. Your help will make that possible.

Help expand services for the flood of new refugees seeking assistance: make a secure online donation now.


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