For the past four years, the Good Factory has been working to provide equal opportunities for the poorest people in the village of Gourcy in northern Burkina Faso. We train them in agriculture, run tailoring workshops and teach adults how to read and write. But that is not all. We also help the youngest residents to acquire knowledge.
The level of education in Burkina Faso as well as access to it are in a woeful state. The youth literacy rate here is only 52% and remains one of the lowest in the world. Less than 38% of people over the age of 15 can read and write! Compulsory education supposedly exists, but no one controls it. Education is still a luxury for many and far behind work and domestic responsibilities on the list of priorities. These shameful statistics are made worse by the fact that in the north of the country, an area plagued by terrorist attacks, schools are closed and thousands of children and young people have once again not been able to attend classes this year.
This is not the case in Gourcy. You made sure that the children not only started school, but that they went to school well equipped. We thank you for your support, and to the young students, we wish you good luck! May their books, notebooks and study aids enable them to write a better history of their country.
If today you would like to give someone in our care a chance for a better tomorrow, visit GoodWorks 24/7 and donate a day’s worth of tailoring, literacy and reading lessons for one of the ladies for just 40 PLN.