From Roger and Chris Bast, Program Leaders
Progress on the construction of the new workshop/storage/office building at the CFPC vocational training school in the village of Nabrabogo is continuing and is due to be completed at the end of this year. The completion of the workshop will allow the students, coming to the end of the first year of the current two year masonry program, to be trained on equipment that they will need to use in the construction industry in Burkina Faso.
A Careforce team plans to be in Burkina to help put the finishing touches on the building in mid-January 2013. The team will be involved with painting the building and the second classroom, which acts as the current storage area. Completing the new building and freeing up the second classroom will enable the woodworking program to begin in the fall of 2013.
Training at the vocational school is free to students. As more programs are added, new teachers will be needed, resulting in a need for additional sponsors to help cover the cost of teacher salaries. If you are interested in supporting CFPC Vocational School and its programs, please contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities with Careforce.
Parts of Burkina Faso are suffering from the poor harvest caused by last year’s drought. This has resulted in a lack of food for many Burkinabe. With the help of Careforce and our generous donors, we have been able to purchase and distribute food — staples like corn, millet, and rice — to the needy through some of the churches in the Nabrabogo/Boussé region, Northwest of the capital city of Ouagadougou. They will continue to do this until this year’s harvest at the end of August.
It also became apparent in late spring that most of the students attending CFPC and workers on the construction site were suffering as a result of the drought. We have since begun to provide midday meals to the students and on-site construction workers. Three times a week we have rice with a sauce prepared from soup mix donated by Ontario Christian Gleaners. Tuesday we have pasta with tomato sauce and Thursday we have tô [maize porridge] with a local sauce.
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