A baby eats nutritious porridge at the health care center
Department of Koubri is a rural community, 25km away from the capital city of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. HFW is working with a departmental health center and the surrounding villages to improve nutrition and income of the local population. We give assistance to nutrition and medical treatments for infants under the age of five to support their further development. We provide school lunch at elementary school, enabling students to concentrate on study. Also HFW supports mothers to start small-scale business and gain stable income. In doing so, we try to outreach our support to the children indirectly through their mothers.
Wasted farm due to rain shortage
Unshelling peanuts business implemented by the cooperative association
Making diagnosis of growth by measuring weight at the health center
Burkina Faso is ranked seventh in under five mortality rate (2009, UNICEF). About one out of three children in the HFW activity area dies before the age of five due to malnutrition or curable diseases.
The department of Koubri, water-source is very scarce and farming rely on rain, making each year’s harvest unstable and unreliable. In addition, weather is becoming unpredictable in recent years, and rainy season become shorter due to climate change. With a lack of opportunity to earn cash in the village, purchasing food is not easy either. There is a potential market for small-scale business as the region is relatively close to cities. However, the problem is that there is no seed money.
In 2006, HFW Burkina Faso started nutrition improvement for babies in this community where infant mortality rate is high. A few years before HFW started this activity, the national government had been operating the nutrition improvement center which was operated within the local health center. However, the nutrition improvement center was closed due to a lack of funding. Therefore, HFW utilized a vacant building and re-employed experienced staffs to reopen the nutrition improvement project for infants. Since then, the nutrition improvement center has been working to improve nutrition condition of more than 300 children in three years working together with the health center.
HFW also work with women’s cooperatives in the poorest four villages among the 11 villages (the population of about 24,000) which use this health center. For example, HFW provided agricultural tools to one of the cooperatives to help improve the productivity of their farming, and earn income by renting the tools to neighboring villages. After a good harvest, this cooperative donated grains to the local school where HFW supports school-lunch project. Spirit of cooperation is spreading.
All the income generating projects supported by HFW are designed with the ideas coming from the people concerned. Most of the projects started from discussions with women. In 2008, micro credit scheme started for the members of the cooperative in Wedbila village. At that time, members were full of ideas for small-scale businesses using the offered fund. As women members knew well the needs, they came up with ideas such as purchasing rice with rice hull and fumigate to give flavor before selling them or processing fruits as the material for local brew. They are also intent on gathering price information of the neighboring three markets, to make the best use of the HFW funds.
Three male members are working hard, led by the country director who assumed the post in 2008. They are also working together with local and Japanese NGOs.
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