Impact Burkina Faso – Village of Hope

July-December 2018

Lauren+ Date Archive, January-June 2018, Village of Hope

Overview

The Village of Hope School, which has educated thousands of students since opening in 2002, began out of compassion for impoverished and orphaned children living in Burkina Faso’s isolated rural communities. Situated just outside of the capital city of Ouagadougou, it has grown to provide quality education, healthcare, and nutritious food to over 500 children each year.

Many of Burkina Faso’s rural villages are so remote they have no public schools, and in some cases school infrastructure has been built but not opened due to a shortage of teachers willing to relocate to the village. Founders Michel and Lydia Ouedraogo work together with a team of dedicated local Burkinabe to provide a better future for children from rural villages who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend school.

Please continue to pray for peace and stability in Burkina Faso due to insecurity within the country. Some schools in the north of our country have closed due to instability, leaving many children unable to get an education.

Detailed Implementation Plan

We thank God for His protection and grace throughout this past 6 months. By His grace, none of our children, teachers, or staff have had any problems. Our 2018-2019 school year started in October. The 47 children from the primary school who passed their final exam in June 2018 are now in high school. What a great joy for those kids!

This school year, 307 students are enrolled in the primary school with 68 new children and 39 children in CM2, the last class of primary school.

As the school year began in October, Sarah, the nurse at the medical clinic was very busy working with many of the children. After two months at home many of the children come back to VoH with malaria, coughs, and colds. It’s a busy time in our clinic, and we are thankful for Sarah, but supplies often get low as she treats all our students.

We are very thankful for our primary school director, Pastor Enoch, and the staff for their hard work and involvement in the children life. They work with us toward our mission of not only training the children academically but also spiritually to develop leaders who will grow to serve the Lord.

In the primary school and high school, through the leadership of Pastor Enoch, 42 children gave their life to Jesus Christ. Outside of the regular morning devotions and Sunday service, Pastor Enoch conducted midweek Bible studies to encourage discipleship for the students. We praise God for the spiritual growth in the children.

In October Samuel attended the PACE Leadership Summit in Nyahururu, Kenya. It was a great time to connect with other African leaders from five of iTeams’ partners in Kenya, Zambia, South Sudan, and Rwanda. The summit’s vision is to encourage and develop African leadership within the local church and community. This year’s theme was “Partnering for High-Impact Leadership”. Over 40 people participated from many different countries. Samuel had a great time and enjoyed learning from others who are leading Christian primary schools in their communities.

Looking Forward

Over the next six months we will continue to provide quality education to the children at Village of Hope. We have three priorities this year at Village of Hope. One is to reduce the electricity bill. It costs a lot of money and electricity to pump water to our water tank, so our goal is to replace this system with a more environmentally friendly solar panel and solar pump system. This will help us to save money in the long-term.

We also hope to install solar lights, to increase safety and visibility at night. Lastly, our cafeteria is well loved as our children eat all three meals there every day. It needs some work to repaint the walls and fix the tables and chairs.

Stories of Transformation

Pastor Enoch has been working at Village of Hope as the lead pastor for the primary school for six years. He says that his role is to teach the Word of God to the children in order to meet Jesus. Every term he works with a small committee to decide on a theme for the term. Some of his greatest successes are when he hears stories of the children going back to their villages and sharing stories about Jesus. Some children have started churches and host Christmas services in their communities during holidays.

When asked about transformation, he says that every year he is amazed at the behavioural changes in the children. Through their time at Village of Hope he sees the children develop deep kindness and respect for each other.

Partnership Community

There was a fundraising event held in Paris, Ontario in September where many members from previous teams came together for a BBQ. It was a great time to reconnect and hear an update from Village of Hope.