Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings from Africa! As many of you know, we’ve been volunteering with the Peace Corps since June. We’re settling into our small village, which is located in the lush southwestern region of Burkina Faso, and getting to know our community’s challenges and needs.
The most obvious aspect of village life is how difficult it is to survive. More than 80% of Burkina Faso’s population relies on sustenance farming, and education provides one of the few opportunities to break the hand-to-mouth cycle. When children learn how to read, write, and perform basic math, they manage money better, have fewer children, and are more involved in their communities.
Our village has a primary school, but through an unfortunate series of events, it remains partially completed. Three rooms lack a roof, floor, and desks, thus limiting class size, and students do not have access to latrines or a library. Without a fully functioning school, some children simply cannot attend.
Education is essential to economic development and one of our projects is to help our village of Karfiguela finish its primary school. The village is currently raising money for more desks and is ready to donate labor, sand, tools, and transportation of materials. The cost to complete the school is approximately $8,000, which is an astronomical amount in a community where a large family survives on less than $500 a year.
We appreciate all of your help and support!
James Megivern and Julie Ryan
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