News from 2020 projects
In 2020, at the start of the coronavirus epidemic, the ADVK funded hand washing facilities and soap to allow 1 500 elementary school students to wash their hands regularly.
At the same time, a classroom for CM1 students was rehabilitated with the financial support of Unither.
After one year, students in primary schools in the Kou Valley can wash their hands before returning to class and thus avoid Coronavirus infections as well as diarrheal and respiratory diseases.
General Meeting 2020
This year again, the general assembly of the ADVK is dematerialized. You can learn about the activities carried out in 2020 and judge the management of
the association by following this link.
Since 2016, the village association Benkadi has been in charge of the management of the installations (study room, drilling, photovoltaic pack) in the fishing village of the Kou valley.
La vente d'eau fraiche et la recharge de téléphone portable permet de générer des recettes pour l'entretien et le renouvellement des équipements. After around fifty homes lighting in 2018 with the extension of the photovoltaic pack, a monthly subscription for a light bulb completes these recipes.
The funds collected since 2016 have made it possible to renew eight batteries and one inverter of the photovoltaic pack in 2020.
The ADVK and Benkadi show that it is economically possible to enlighten durably isolated villages of 150 to 200 people.
Jeff de Bruges chocolates
As the end of year celebrations approach, the ADVK offers chocolates for sale to raise funds for the association.
These funds allow us to participate in the financing of projects and to face the running costs of the association. You can order by following the link below. Order
Primary school classroom renovation
Renovation of a classroom at the Kou Valley primary school continues. This additional class will allow the next school year relieve the size of the 20 classes that accommodate 1,500 students.
These students are mostly from modest farming families who sometimes have trouble paying the children's school fees..
Since 2016, the ADVK offers to support these schoolchildren and their families through a sponsorship of 84 $ per year. This sponsorship makes it possible to cover school fees, school supplies and basic necessities for the family.
Education despite the Covid-19
In response to the Coronavirus epidemic, the ADVK mobilized and responded to a special Covid-19 call for projects to Agence Micro Projet.
The project obtained a grant of $ 1,600 which supplemented the funds mobilized by the association. The budget of $ 2,800 made it possible to provide 3 schools in the Kou valley, 25 handwashes, 200 blocks of soap and a donation of food for the school canteen.
Renovation of a primary school class in the Kou Valley
Despite the rains that have just started, renovations to a class in primary school have just started.
The availability of this class at the next school year will reduce the number of students per class. The primary school will have 20 classes for 1,500 students, i.e. on average 75 students per class.
The ADVK in partnership with the educational team, has offered to sponsor a schoolchild since 2016. Thanks to these sponsorships, 27 schoolchildren benefit each year from the support of their schooling, an endowment of school supplies and basic necessities (rice, mosquito net, solar lights,...).
General meeting 2019
In the context of the Coronavirus epidemic, the ADVK office decided to organize a digital general meeting.
By following this link, you can read about the association's activities in 2019 and vote for the renewal of the office.
Renewal of the office of the Benkadi association
Create in 2016, it brings together the men and women of the village in order to manage community facilities (photovoltaic and drilling).
The photovoltaic pack installed in 2016 can supply a fridge allowing the sale of fresh water, bissap and cell phone charging. These receipts ($ 45/month on average) allow to compensate the saleswoman and to maintain and renew the equipment. The extension of the pack in 2018, which made it possible to light up around thirty homes, also generates monthly subscription revenues ($ 0.80 for one bulb).
These resources enabled the Benkadi association to replace the battery pack in January 2019.
Congratulations to Marie MILLOGO the new president (vice-president, Josué ZONON), Ardjata SANOU the new secretary (vice-secretary, Oumar SABO) and Mariam MANALGUÉ the new treasurer (vice-treasurer, Adama SANFO).
25 hand-wash basin for the Bama school
As in France, Burkinabé students are about to return to school.
As part of a class renovation project the ADVK had planned to equip around twenty classes with handwashers for the start of the school year in September 2020. Faced with the Coronavirus epidemic and the inability of the Burkinabé government to mobilize resources, the ADVK is working to equip these classes for the resumption of classes scheduled for the month of May. These hand-wash basin will allow the 2 000 pupils of these 3 schools to wash their hands regularly.
Canisters fitted with taps have been purchased and Issouf, Bama's welder, is in the process of producing the metal structure. It is also planned to supply 100 blocks of soap.
The Coronavirus has arrived in Burkina Faso. As in all African countries, containment has a very high social and economic cost.
In countries where 80% of the population lives in the informal sector and where savings are non-existent, the populations are obliged on a daily basis to carry out
economic activities. Each days, there is a trade-off between the survival imperative and the virus protection imperative.
In this context, hand washing seems to be the best solution to prevent the spread of the virus. Without running water, hand-made hand washes facilitate hand washing, especially for children.
After twenty days at sea, and a month and a half of formalities at the port of Abidjan, the container of the library has finally arrived in Bama.
The equipment was unloaded in a room in the town hall while waiting for its installation. For a good management, a long work of inventory of 3 500 works is to be carried out before the opening of the library to the public.
Like every year, the delivery of school supplies to sponsored children is a moment awaited by children and families.
A bag of rice, a mosquito net and an improved stove as well as school suppliess (school bag, notebooks, pencil case, pencils) were given to the 25 sponsored children.
This support is a source of motivation for the children and a source of pride for the families, making it possible to support children in his schooling.
Bama biblio container loading
After a year of preparation, a 30 m3 container with 7 000 books, 25 computers and furniture left on December 19, 2019 for Burkina.
The container should arrive in Bama at the end of January 2020 to equip a 100 m2 room with a library and computer space.
This room will contribute to the improvement of educational resources available to teachers and students of Bama. It can also accommodate residents of the town.
Bama multimedia library
The multimedia library project in partnership with the town of Bama is taking shape.
Next December 19 a container, loaded with 7000 novels and textbooks, 25 computer stations and office furniture, will leave for Burkina Faso.
The library will be opened to students and residents of Bama commune during 2020.
ADPVK change his name
ADPVK started its actions in favor of development in 2014 in a fishing village in the Kou Valley.
Today the actions of the association extend to the municipality of Bama which covers most of this natural region crossed by the Kou river.
So that the name of the association reflects its actions and the region in which it leads them, the ADPVK becomes ADVK (Development Association of the Kou Valley).
General meeting 2018
The General Assembly of the ADPVK was held on February 22, 2019 at the home of its treasurer.
The office of the ADPVK has made the moral balance of the association by recalling the values carried by its members.
The reminder of the actions carried out in 2018 made it possible to compare these actions with the objectives we had set ourselves and to measure the financial resources put into action.
The projects for the year 2019 and 2020 were presented in particular the equipment of a multimedia room.
The nights of the Kou valley light up
The installation of solar panels and batteries at the end of October doubled the power of the existing pack. 52 bulbs are powered by these solar panels and an electrical network. Almost all the houses in the village are now lit.
This lighting allows women to continue their economic activities in the freshness of evenings and children to revise their lessons.
The trip of 3 members of the association allowed to train in electricity 2 young people of the village and to initiate a management of the installations by the village association Benkadi.
Flea market in Rouffiac
The office of the ADPVK mobilized on 9 September to participate in a flea market in Rouffiac.
This day raised funds for the various projects of the association in Burkina Faso. It was also an opportunity to discuss the last adjustments before leaving in October in Burkina Faso for the launch of the project of electrification of the village.
See you next year at the same time.
Foundation of electric poles
The 9 IPN poles modified by Issouf the welder of Bama were poured to cover the surface of the village. These poles will bring current to the nearest homes to provide enough power
to power a bulb per home.
The section of the electric cables was chosen in order to make possible the evolution of the power of the system.
The installation of the electric cables and the first houses equipped with a light bulb are planned at the beginning of November.
Modification IPN bars
The ipn were sent from Bobo Dioulasso to Bama at Issouf the welder to be modified.
At the top end of the IPN, the welding of 4 iron cylinders facilitates the fixing of cables. Below, a metal plate allowing the fixing and the protection of the boxes of diversion. At the lower end, the welding of a double lattice to consolidate the foundations.
Lighting the village houses
The work to lighting the village houses with solar panels began. The IPN bars that will serve as electrical poles were bought in Bobo Dioulasso,
cut to 5 meters and transported to the welder of Bama for some modifications.
In September the foundations will be prepared to pour the 9 poles in the village to carry current in each house.
The sun illuminates the nights of the Kou Valley
The project of lighting the houses of the village by solar panels network managed by the Benkadi village association
got a grant from Agence Micro Projet. It is part of the 23 projects of the 2018 spring session (out of 211) selected by a jury of experts.
This grant of 4 & nbsp; 500 & nbsp; € has made it possible to complete the budget of 6 & nbsp; 000 & nbsp; € dedicated to this project and is an acknowledgment of the merits of our actions.
Work is scheduled to begin in early September 2018 and should be completed by the end of November. You will be able to follow all the steps on the page ADPVK facebook.
Bama School drilling water
Access to groundwater through a human powered pump and a drilled well makes it possible to reach the phreatic water and to have a drinking
water point. This type of installation makes it possible to avoid the particular diseases diarrheal which affect the children.
The development of this drilling makes it possible to sustain the drinking water resource for the 600 pupils of the primary school.
General meeting 2017
The general meeting of the ADPVK took place on 01 March 2018 (Télécharger le PV).
This meeting was an opportunity to do the activity report of the association by recalling the origin and objectives of our action.
The reminder of the actions carried out since the association's creation in January 2014 made it possible to compare these actions with the objectives we had set ourselves and to measure the financial means implemented.
Future projects to upgrade the facilities put in place were presented as well as new projects for education.
The meeting ended with the renewal of the association's office.
Solar lights illuminate the evenings of schoolchildren in the Kou Valley
The school sponsorship launched by the ADPVK in 2017 was a great success.
Sponsors' contribution helped to cover fees for 20 primary and secondary school children, a 25 kg rice bag for each family, school supplies and solar lights Lagazel.
These lamps made in Burkina Faso will allow children to review their lessons in the evening after school.
Each sponsor has a web page where he finds photos and videos of the sponsored child as well as the report cards.
The population of Africa is expected to double by 2050
In 2100, 40% of humanity will be African. In 1980 the United Nations announced 10.5 billion human beings on the planet. Latest projections released in 2017 announce 11.2 billion (Le Monde).
Africa's population is growing because of the excess of births over deaths. Even though fertility has declined, women give birth to 4.5 children in 2017 (1.6 in Europe), compared to 6.5 in the 1970s, and it is falling more slowly than the decline observed a few decades ago in the 1970s. Asia (2.1 in 2017) and Latin America (2 in 2017).
What is happening in Africa ?
Economic development often goes hand in hand with declining fertility and is often a consequence of literacy. Many studies have shown that educating women is a key factor in the process of declining fertility (Le rendez-vous des civilisations - Todd & Courbage) : Those who went to school had fewer children than those who did not go to school.
In a world of limited resources, Africa's development through education concerns us all.
Created at the end of 2016 by the people of the fishing village of the Kou valley, the Benkadi association (harmony in Dioula) brings together the men and women of the village in order to manage the installations set up (homework classroom, solar panels and drilling).
The elected office is composed of three women and the deputy bureau of three men. The association is responsible for the proper use of the facilities and the collection of revenue from the sale of ice, fresh water, telephone charging, ... to ensure the maintenance and renewal of the facilities.
A first assessment after 6 months
The homework classroom put into service in November 2016, welcomes the children of the village in the evening for their revisions.
Léontine, who is in charge of the management of the installations by the Benkadi association, ensures the proper functioning and takes care of the sale of ice and fresh water.
Benkadi is an association grouping the inhabitants of the village which aims to manage the different installations (drilling, classroom, solar panels). The sale of ice, fresh water, mobile recharging must generate revenues for the maintenance and renewal of equipments.
After 6 months, the average monthly profit is 38 € (25 000 FCFA). The cost of the renewal of the installations calculated over the lifespan of the equipment is 43 € per month to which must be added the salary of Léontine (45 € per month).
A first assessment will be carried out after 1 year of operation in order to smooth the seasonal effects (winter and warm season) that can influence the recipes.
AVN wins the World Habitat Award
The problem of housing has impacts on the economy, social development, greenhouse gas emissions and affects the living conditions of millions of people.
To make their roofs, the use of wood (disappearing or missing wood resources) and sheet metal and concrete (unsuitable) locks them into a real vicious circle of poverty.
The Association la Voûte Nubienne (AVN) adapted and validated a constructive technique made entirely of local materials (earth and stones for the foundations). This technique allows the realization of solid and comfortable buildings, adapted to the local economies and therefore to the expectations and demands of the populations.
General meeting 2016
The general meeting was held in the reception room of the Labastide de Lévis winery in the presence of some thirty members. This meeting was an opportunity to review the actions taken since the creation of the association in 2014, to take stock and consider the future.
You can consult the 2016 report for more details.
Burkina Faso says no to Monsanto's cotton
In 2009, Burkina Faso, one of the largest cotton producers in Africa, was the first country to test GM GM cotton, to eliminate a pest, in partnership with Monsanto.
But seven years later, Burkinabe producers do not find themselves there. In question, the quality of GM cotton whose fiber is too short.
Learn more ...
Stay in Burkina Faso 2016
Five members of the association left for 15 days in Burkina Faso to finalize the works of the homework room, install the solar panels and initiate the organization allowing the management of the installations.
Flea market in Rouffiac
This last empty loft of the season allowed to collect 130 €.
He gave the opportunity to make contacts for future projects and prepare the trip for the 5 members of the association who will fly on October 21 to install the photovoltaic panels on the room of revision.
Fundraising on KissKissBankBank
This collection will contribute to the financing of the photovoltaic pack that will illuminate the village.
Thanks to the generosity of 23 contributors we reached our target of € 2 000 € in 40 days.
General meeting 2015
The general meeting of the ADPVK was held on November 14, 2015 at the home of its treasurer in Rouffiac.
After the presentation of the moral, activity and financial report for the year 2015, the budget estimate for the year 2016 has been approved.
The office has been renewed with Philippe RACAUD as president (vice president Alfred Millogo) , treasurer Pascal BARJOU (Assistant Treasurer Vincent BUSOLIN) and as secretary Pascal JOURDAN (Assistant Secretary Benoit CELARIES).
Purchase of 275 kilos of rice for the village women's association
Following the unrest that destabilized the country (failed coup of September 16), economic activities were disrupted and weakened people who live on the wire.
The ADPVK has financed the purchase of 375 kilos of rice for the village women's association which will be responsible for the distribution in order to relieve the empty stomachs.
The merchandise was sent by Alfred MILLOGO the representative of the association in Burkina Faso.
Participation at Ekiden Albi
The ADPVK has hired two teams at Ekiden Albi.
The distance of a marathon traveled in 6 relays by each team allowed to communicate on the actions of the association.
Flea market in Graulhet
This day with friends under the sun of Graulhet has raised 400 €.
Thanks to the members of the ADPVK who have devoted time to the organization of this demonstration.
Flaa market in Puygouzon
Despite a wet early morning, the vacuum loft Puygouzon was once again a success.
The sale of trinkets, books, ... have raised more than 350 €.
Flaa market in Cambon d'Albi
The ADPVK participated in the garage sale in Cambon d'Albi for the benefit of the association.
Thanks to the dynamism of its members and the generosity of the donors, this day has raised more than 400 €.
General meeting 2014
The AGM of the ADPVK took place at the home of its treasurer, in the presence of 9 members out of 13 of the association.
Creation of the ADPVK in 2014
The president of the ADPVK worked for 3 years in Burkina Faso as part of a development project.
On the occasion of a trip 14 years later to see his friends and seeing that the living conditions in the rural villages had not changed he decided to mobilize to provide these populations with decent living conditions.