What we do

From our very beginnings, and thanks to the constant collaboration of the Friends of Rimkieta,  FAR's projects have helped benefit many people in need.

Beneficiaries of the projects 

  • 2.700 children have attended the maternelle (nursery school).
  • 110 children have been reintegrated into schools and vocational skill workshops.
  • 103 orphan grils or living in adoptive families have been reintegrated into schools and vocational skill workshops.
  • 501 nursery school students’ mothers have been trained in literacy, hygiene, health and nutrition sessions
  • 2.925 children have received scholarships
  • 8  adolescents have received university scholarships
  • 808 children have received extra-curricular education through sports activity
  • 26 women and their families benefited from the vegetable garden
  • 2.475 bicycles social price provided
  • More than 882 women have been able to start a new business with the aid of microcredits
  • 1.289.500 cereal rations  have been provided through the cereal bank
  • 439.500 milled rations have been provided through the cereal mill 
  • 163.500 office services provided through the cyberoffice
  • Around 72.600 people have been seen at the Primary Health Care Center
  • More than 18.500 liters of water extracted daily from the four wells
  • 7.833 trees have been planted with protection, watering and maintenance daily

Monitoring and Follow-Up

FAR evaluates and follows up on all of its ongoing projects and receives periodic reports for each one, which are analyzed by the Foundation's President, the Patrons and collaborators for this purpose.

The person responsible for each Project sends a weekly email report to Barcelona, using the available internet access at the Foundation offices in Rimkieta. The Barcelona team replies promptly to those in charge in Rimkieta, with relevant comments.

 

The Education Project

It is estimated that Rimkieta is about 40km2 with around 65.000 inhabitants, the majority of whom are younger than 16. Regarding education, besides FAR's "Maternelle Valencia," Rimkieta has only 5 nursery schools, all of them private, and 4 state primary schools. Only 4% of children between the ages of 3 and 6 are schooled and many children and adolescents wander the streets daily because they have nowhere to go.

 

FAR's aim in this area is to promote schooling and/or professional training, especially among children and young people.

Projects underway

Maternelle “Valencia” (2008- )

Construction and start up of a nursery school for 300 children. It is equipped with 3 classrooms, a lunchroom, a playground, a teachers' meeting room, the Foundation's offices and guard's house.

The nursery school takes in children between 3 and 5 in three grades: P3, P4 and P5 and provides an educational, nutritional and medical care program for the 300 children.

 

The program includes preschool teaching in french, complete breakfast (chocolate milk with cereal, rice, eggs, fruit and bread), growth monitoring and vitamin and mineral supplementation, as well as anti-parasitics. It also includes yearly education for 40 mothers of the children attending the school, with nutrition and hygiene courses, as well as basic instruction of letters and numbers in French.

Educational, profesional and sports reintegration project (2007- )

This project was designed as a means of education to prevent children from hanging around the streets with nothing to do and with the consequent risk of getting into different circuits of drugs, addictions, violence, serious illnesses, prostitution and social isolation, which are very difficult to escape. The project has two areas: the "Street children project", for children in serious family difficulties, and the "Education through Sports training project".

Street children project

It is aimed at  8 to 12 year-old boys who do not go to school and who, despite having a home and family, wander the streets daily with nothing to do, in a high risk situation. The program has as its objective the training, education and orientation of the children so that they get off the streets. Every year, 15 new children attend FAR Monday to Friday from 9AM to 5PM and are given classes in education, sports activities, nutrition and health, so that they might return to school or learn a skill. In the first case, FAR facilitates everything necessary for their return to school (in most cases, they need financial assistance to pay for registration and materials); and in the second case, FAR facilitates their access (payment of 4 to 7 years’ training) to workshops for mechanics, carpenters, tailors, electricians, etc. according to each child’s characteristics.

 

 

Education through sports training project

It is aimed at 80 youngsters from 10 to 18 years old and is an after-school activity, three days a week. The sports training has as its objective to work with the children on the values implicit in sports, such as teamwork, companionship, respect, tolerance, following rules, perseverance, overcoming obstacles, self-discipline, responsibility, co-operation, honesty, loyalty and achievement. We want to train and form athletes with values!

Education for unschooled grils girls (2012- )

This project is designed for girls who are either orphans or from highly unstructured environments, these girls live with foster families, and just like “Cinderella”, they are forced to do house chores. To assure them a future, we take in 20 new girls each year, in order to give them basic primary school training and get them back into school or into vocational training workshops.esión que les asegure su futuro. 

 


School and University Scholarships (2009 - )

Education is a basic tool to help Burkina develop. After the terrible floods of September 2009 that left some 350.000 people homeless and without anything, we created the “Scholarships” project in order to give the necessary help to thousands of Rimkieta's children so they could continue with their studies in the local state schools. At the moment, we provide schooling for an average of 500 children every year and 8 University Schoolarships.

 

Help for the Badenya School of La Salle (2007 and 2008)

Specific help for the construction of new classrooms and a nursery at the Badenya School of La Salle (more than 1.000 students) with the aim of increasing the schooling capacity.

Development Project

Includes all the initiatives and activities aimed at improving economic growth and improving the living conditions of the inhabitants of Rimkieta.

Projects underway

Microcredit for entrepreneurial women (2007-2011; 2017- )

The Foundation, with the purpose of favoring the professional development of women, and the equal opportunity, has conceded more than 800 microcredits of 75€ each. It is directed at entrepreneurial women, to give them the necessary help to start a business or improve their runing small business. This initiative allows them to achieve the personal benefits of overcoming challenges and obstacles and to gain the social status necessary to decide the fate of their childrens’ lives and of their own should they become widowed.

 

 

Planting and protection of trees (2008- )

The tree planting project's aim is to bring the population the countless advantages of regenerating local vegetation. This is even more important in a suburb like Rimkieta, with its harsh living conditions; a climate that is dry and arid for eight months a year and unable to manage the excessive rains during the other four. Both rains and temperatures are more extreme in both their highs and lows due to lack of vegetation. We have planted more than 7.500 trees, with their respective protective fencing, reinforced by an awaerness-raising program so that the local people respect and care for the trees.

 

 

Cereal Bank (2008- )

The construction and start up of a Cereal Bank to sell cornThe project consists of buying maize at harvest prices to provide some 500 daily rations, a ration being considered the individual daily portion of 500 grams of cereal.

Cereal Mill (2011- )

The construction and start up of a Cereal Mill next to the cereal bank. This improves the quality of women's lives by providing the milling service next to the bank and saving them long journeys to the nearest mill, as well as from manual grinding at home, which can take hours and cost them great physical expenditure. The project has consisted in the construction of 3 mills:  the "decortiqueuse" to husk the grain; the "lino 400" for flour, and the "condiment" for preparing traditional sauces and beverages (bissap, zom-kom, etc). By means of this project we have created two new jobs for two Rimkieta women.

 

Cereal Mill (2011-2015)

FAR built a Cyber in 2011, due to a strong demand and necessity of access to the new technologies: internet connection, computers to preparer documents, as well as basic office services as photocopies and impression of documents. The “Cyber FAR” was the only one in Rimkieta. It was ventilated and equipped with 6 computers, internet, photocopying and printer machines, scanner and typing documents service. In 2015, with the arrival of 3G to Burkina, and the opening of similar initiatives in the neighborhood, the “Cyber FAR” was no longer needed in Rimkieta, reason why, we closed the project.

 

Economic help for the construction of a Chapel (2011- )

After the floods that devasted Rimkieta in september 2009, many of the "buildings" were seriously damaged and the little chapel of the Saint Joseph CBC (Christian Base Community) was rendered completely useless. FAR has contributed by covering the expenses of the roof and enclosures of a new chapel.

 

Mini "pig farming" family project (2009-2011)

A project for a potential mini "pig farming' initiative aimed at helping neighborhood widows. The project, which does not need much infrastructure or resources, involves providing the necessary means to establish pig-raising in the women's houses, accompanying them through the first years of farming in order to help them with whatever they need.

The Health Project

One of our biggest challenges is to reduce the infant mortality rate and raise the hope for a better quality of life for the residents of Rimkieta. Malnutrition, the scarcity of medical resources and lack of preventative medicine favor the spread of fatal diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, typhoid fever, etc.

As of today, Rimkieta has only the Foundation's Primary Health Care center, which is insufficient for the population. FAR develops projects oriented towards preventing or alleviating the neighborhood’s health problems.

Projects underway

Primary Health Care Center (2007-)

The project consists of the construction, start up and running of a Primary Health Care Center at the Saint Augustine Parish in Bissighin.

The center now receives as many as 15 to 20 daily visits and, although we continue to assist them with the donation of medicines, it is self-sufficient and directly managed by the parish.

The “mosquito net” project (2009- )

Malaria is the principal cause of infant mortality in Africa, affecting more than 300 million people a year and causing over 2 million deaths annually, half of whom are children under 5 years of age.

The project consists, on the one hand, in making the people of Rimkieta aware of the necessity and advantages of the use of mosquito nets to prevent the illness.

On the other hand, FAR sells mosquito nets at a price that is within the reach of people with few resources.

Medical Facilities (2010-)

This project is aimed at increasing the equipment and sanitary resources currently available in Rimkieta to better the quality and effectiveness of the medical service. 

The first initiative in this area has been the purchase of two motorcycle-ambulances to facilitate the transportation of patients

TheWater Project

58% of Rimkieta’s population has no access to drinking water.

The distances in Rimkieta are great, there are no means of transport, and the residents - usually women or young girls - have to walk many miles carrying water containers.

Our water-related projects respond to the necessity of providing drinking water to Rimkieta's and Zongo's residents.

Projects running

“Jeanología 1” well (2011-)

Building of a drinking-water well with an Indian pump in Zongo, a neighborhood adjacent to Rimkieta.

The well "Jeanologia 1" with an approximate capacity of 2.200 liters per hour, supplies drinking water to a population of approximately 3.000 people.

 

 

“Jeanología 2” well (2011-)


Restoration of the one drinking water well with an Indian pump in Zongo.

The "Jeanología 2" well has a capacity of approximately 3.200 liters per hour.

“Jeanología 3” well (2011-)

Restoration of the second drinking water well with an Indian pump in Zongo.

The "Jeanología 3" well has a capacity of approximately 4.000 liters per hour.

“Emshi” well (2009-)

Building of a drinking-water well in the Maternelle “Valencia” equipped with solar panels and a water tank.

The "Emshi" well has a capacity of approximately 500 liters per hour and supplies water to all FAR's projects and the daily watering of the planted trees.

“Luis” well (2005-)

Building of a drinking-water well in one of the neediest sections of Rimkieta.

With a Volanta pump and an approximate capacity of 1.200 liters per hour, it supplies drinking water to a population of approximately 2.000 people.

Upcoming Projects

Our commitment and desire for permanence in Rimkieta drive us to go the extra mile, to identify the difficulties and future needs of the neighborhood and to design new projects to meet them.

In this way, we hope to continue to count on your collaboration to realize the next goals:

  1. Covering the monthly fixed costs from the operation of the ongoing projects in Rimkieta (Nursery School, Literacy mothers; Street children; Unschooled girls; School and University scholarships; Education through sports; Microcredits; Planting trees; Cereal Mill and Bank; Vegetarl garden for woman; Bicycles; Opthalmological treatments; Medical assistance; Drinking water wells) in order to persevere in Rimkieta.
  2. Increasing the trees project with a new plantation of 500 trees yearly
  3. Constructing a second Nursery School  in Zongo
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