Chance For Change News

September 2023

Our national NGO, BWEF Faso is now up and running. The new association, which will help us carry out our work in Burkina, is currently reviewing requests for aid from over 45 young women for the school year 2023. Mariam Savadogo is BWEF Faso’s new president and Christiane Toé is treasurer. They have been representing Chance for Change and BWEF respectively since 2011.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

April 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Our thanks to The Hirschmann Stiftung Foundation for their generous grant of 10,000 CHF. The Swiss-based charitable foundation is active in supporting the education of talented young people and young adults. We are delighted that The Hirschmann Foundation is able to help support BWEF students too, like Zoulfadzou (pictured here), who is in her first year of agricultural studies.

March 2023

Our thanks to The Hirschmann Stiftung Foundation for their generous grant of 10,000 CHF. The Swiss-based charitable foundation is active in supporting the education of talented young people and young adults. We are delighted that The Hirschmann Foundation is able to help support BWEF students too, like Zoulfadzou (pictured here), who is in her first year of agricultural studies.

October 2022

Several new BWEF beneficiaries received used laptops that were donated to BWEF by UNOG as well as Symbiotics Group SA in Geneva. The laptops were sent to Burkina Faso and then distributed among new Burkinabé students starting university now, who will be supported by BWEF. During the BWEF orientation session at the end of September, these girls also benefited from a course on how to use a computer which was led by a locally recommended computer expert.

We think the joy of receiving the laptops is well reflected in their smiles

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

August 2022

BWEF has been supported 34 young girls in Burkina Faso in 2022, with tuition fees, supplies, lunch, transportation, housing, health and hygiene during their higher education. Colette is one of them, here in her house in Ouagadougou. Colette’s mother sells charcoal to feed her family. Her father died nine years ago. She has two brothers and two sisters; all four are unemployed. Colette studies communication and would like to be a radio or television presenter. Her mother is proud of her.that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Here is Colette’s modest family house in Ouagadougou.

April 2022

Haoua, the first of our students to successfully complete her master’s, told us she always wanted to do humanitarian work. In 2021, using her own savings, Haoua organized a group of volunteer women donors to help people in need in a dozen villages around Ouagadougou. The donors gave food as well as support to children to go to primary school. The association has an English name, “Just a Smile”. They now want to expand to work with orphanages to support orphaned children, so they are going to establish themselves officially.

Haoua wrote to us. “BWEF not only allowed me to have a degree and a job, but also instilled in me a humanitarian spirit that gives me such joy. Thank you so much!”

accept these responsibilities.

A volunteer from Haoua’s association “Just a Smile” helping out a community member.

February 2023

Christine, BWEF’s local representative, reports that although the north and east of the country remain violent, life is returning to normal in the capital following the coup. In Ouaga, she was able to distribute another anti-Covid aid package for our current beneficiaries. 18 girls received a sack of rice, a bottle of cooking oil and soap. These supplies will also be available for our beneficiaries in Koudougou and Bobo Dioulasso later this week.

January 2022

Fred Eckhard, the former spokesman of UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, has become a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in France’s 1st January 2022 honours list. The Legion of Honour, France’s highest order of merit, was created in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte to recognize special merit in the service of the country. It is Fred’s work setting up and running BWEF in Burkina over the last 11 years that is honoured. Congratulations Fred! Well deserved.

September 2021

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

APRIL 2023

Meet BWEF’s Consultative Group consisting of two generations of women; members of  Christiane Toé’s former association of university women and our graduates. The Group is a significant step in turning over our operations to our partners in Burkina Faso. For the school year 2023-24, this Group will nominate candidates for aid and propose budgets for them. We expect that in the course of 2023, a national NGO will be established that will officially accept these responsibilities.

Christiane Toé (left), Treasurer and Mariam Savadogo, (centre) President of the newly established BWEF Faso. Christine Gnoumou (right) continues as BWEF’s only salaried employee.

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