Project completed

Palogo: Lighting for the pupils

Burkina Faso

  • Population: 18105570 people
    30% urban - 70% rural
  • Life expectancy: 59 years
  • Adult literacy rate, population 15+ years: 29%
  • Population with access to electricity:
    49% urban - 1% rural
  • Population with access to Improved water source:
    98% urban - 76% rural
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

The need

The Palogo village committee asked Electriciens sans frontières to provide lighting for the lighting of classrooms in the village school, located in the province of Boulkiemdé, which is under the authority of the communal council of Koudougou.. The school has 600 pupils in five buildings.

The response

There is a power line close to Palogo. The Electriciens sans frontières volunteers chose the solution of connecting to this network in consultation with the local authorities. Since the village has very little income, a multifunctional platform has been set up to create some. This includes tools to grind millet and shea but also a mobile phone charging station. This platform is managed by the Women’s Committee and any person wishing to access it is required to pay a fee to the Women’s Committee. This generates income to finance the cost of electricity consumption in the school and the school canteen.

The impact

This project made it possible to improve the educational conditions by increasing the opening hours of the schools. The creation of the multifunctional facility generates income to finance the cost of electricity consumption and contributes to the creation of jobs, which promotes an economic driver in the heart of the village of Palogo. This also reduces the women’s workload since agricultural materials can be processed mechanically rather than manually. Finally, the power supply allowed the opening of a school canteen to accommodate pupils who sometimes live up to 7 km away and who come on foot and therefore cannot return home at lunchtime

Good practices

 Electrical risk training was given to pupils, parents and the local population; simultaneous translation in the Moré language was provided by a villager

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