AMPO (Managré Nooma Association for the Protection of Orphans)

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AMPO (Managré Nooma Association for the Protection of Orphans)

Burkina Faso
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Katrin has created a farm school that offers uneducated or insufficiently educated rural boys –those having no professional qualifications, often tempted by the adventures of city life in which they generally fail to adapt– more attractive perspectives on life and wages in their own villages by giving them the opportunity to receive education and suitable professional training that will aid in transforming agriculture and raising livestock into more efficient, profitable, and dignified trades.

About Project

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Katrin is combating rural exodus, and more specifically, the streetboy phenomenon, by creating a viable alternative to city life in rural communities. Katrin realized that to get young boys truly excited about staying in their rural communities, it would be crucial to provide a real and empowering economic opportunity for them to plug into in their teenage years. To achieve this, she has created the Tond Tenga Center, a boarding school where the most vulnerable boys –orphans and sons of the poorest families– from rural areas are trained for two years in new farming techniques. Each detail of this initiative 1) serves to reinforce the sense that the economic opportunity is real and 2) enforces a strong sense of empowerment along each step of the process. In terms of empowerment, Katrin has created a unique selection process that involves the entire community, and thus, elevates the status of the opportunity throughout the community. Having been chosen after long deliberation by a group of elders, parents, and peers, the boys often feel a new sense of pride about their own self-worth and see themselves as important in the eyes of their community, often for the first time in their lives. The very fact that the school is a boarding school, is located near the capital, and is made up boys from various villages around the country, also adds to the prestige of the opportunity, as the formerly “unimportant” boys feel like they have been selected to do something truly important. Katrin nurtures this new self-confidence during the years in boarding school with courses and conversations that push the boys to explore who they are as individuals, and ultimately, how to work together. Equally key in Katrin’s initiative is creating an economic opportunity that is truly real. To accomplish this, Katrin gets elders to sign a contract which commits them to providing land to the graduates of the program on which they can practice what they learned during home visits, and eventually launch their agribusiness upon graduation. Katrin also makes sure to provide an education that is comprehensive (discussing all aspects of the value chain) and intensely practical (2 years in classroom, 2 years in the field; provision of production materials; development of wells; etc.). Even the choice of focusing on organic production in particular is partially rooted in the very real markets and possibility for income generation that is attached to this growing industry. Lastly, Katrin chooses villages very carefully, paying close attention to their ready access to transportation along major roads to the capital and access to water. So in essence, long before anyone gets on a bus, she has pre-negotiated the village transformation process.