The isolated village of Bourepota, The House of Peace, welcomed emissaries of the VISSIN Foundation from May 7 to 9, 2019, for the pilot phase of the project « Empower a Woman, Strengthen a Home » in the township of Cobly. The aim of this mission, as previously discussed, is to equip eligible women with a creative income-generating activity by supporting them financially.

However, in the field, the Foundation delegation has identified an urgent need for adequate living conditions for the population in the area. Many of the residents’ needs have previously been discussed, but when Executive Director Gloria Teka visited the public school of Bourepota, she found children from kindergarten through second grade lumped together in one classroom. In other words, there is a lack of school infrastructure and teaching staff.

The Fulani community of Bourepota also has no electricity. To address the situation, a young native has designed a lighting project using solar panels, which would greatly benefit the community, but he lacks the financial means to start the project.

One goal is to give residents homes for shelter, while another is to equip the village’s immediate environment to ensure better living conditions. Bourepota needs electricity, school infrastructure, sanitation, and places for recreation. We salute the efforts made by various institutions and organizations to enable the thousands of displaced people on this new home site to live better. But as the saying goes, “As long as anything remains to be done, nothing has been done.”

We believe there is much more to be done. That’s why we’re bringing these essential needs to the attention of benefactors, social and humanitarian organizations, as well as technical and financial partners. Let’s come together to help these people, especially the women and children.

Charity also includes helping with the construction of health and recreation centers as well as energy infrastructures for the well-being of the population.

We can be poor and help those poorer than ourselves. Let’s come to the aid of the Fulani community of Bourepota.

Translation: Akouélé Rolande G. 

Publication Director: Wilfried AGOUNDJEKPO 

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