Post 4 || Week 5
Lasts weeks blog post introduced a new country called Burkina Faso; I also discussed the meaning behind the ‘cheetah’ generation and how they are self-relevant, self- starters that are brining new ideas to businesses and the government. The thing that sets them apart from everyone is their motivation to move their country in the right direction.
Philip & Allison Le Dune have dedicated their lives to aid in Burkina Faso after visiting in February 2008 they recognized the need for aid and started their charity “Aid to Burkina” categorizing them in the ‘cheetah’ generation. The aid to Burkina is driven to resolve issues facing education, the church, health care, and business sponsorships.
Burkina Faso is ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world, located in the sub-Saharan country in West Africa according to the United Nations’ Human Development index in 2005. Burkina Faso or previously known as Upper Volta broke from France and acquired its independence on August 5th 1960. This grid locked countries main crop export is cotton, which makes up for 30% of the GDP, however in 2004 the price of cotton fell 30%. “ The US government heavily subsided its own cotton farmer with $4.2 billion injection of cash, a sum greater than the entire GDP of Burkina Faso, as a result Burkina Faso lost 12% of its income that year making living conditions even harder for the Burkinabe.”(Philip & Allison Le Dune) The flood in 2009 concluded in 100,000 being homeless after a heavy rain season washed away homes. Pulling Burkina Faso deeper in to poverty.
Aid to Burkina has helped many aspects of poverty including health. A total of 45% of the population is living below the poverty line, which hinders their health. “Poverty and illness are interdependent. The first pooper you are, the more likely you are to suffer from preventable disease.” (Philip & Allison Le Dune) Aid to Burkina is involved in 3 main area of healthcare. Provision of medication, with the donations and aid they are able to send medicine/ vaccinations to government approved clinicians who offer free or little cost help. Building and staffing medical clinics is the second aid, which has provided three small medical locations with staff and sterile rooms and equipment. Water projects is the third area of health care which is driven to clean water because dirty water creates more diseases and therefore revers all of the health care.
Poor education is also a problem that aid to Burkina addresses. Daily survival trumps education any day, which is the case in Burkina woman and children are not being educated because of basic survival needs are not being met. Only 10% of children make it through school, with classrooms jam packed up to 100 kids can be in one room. Aid to Burkina offers the opportunity to sponsor a teacher or student and allow you to donate supplies and money to help educate.
Philip & Allison Le Dune have been leaders in the community for many years, by giving back to Burkina. They have come up with plans and foundations to help pull them out of poverty and the trap that so many countries in Africa have been trapped in over the years that has been discussed in previous blog post. Philip & Allison Le Dune are the ‘cheetahs’ that are bring hope to the country.
Burkina Faso scored a 59 on a 0-100 democracies and freedom scale according to Freedom house. With the score slightly above average Burkina is considered partly free and has a freedom ranking of 3.5, political rights ranked a 4, and civil liberties ranked a 3 on a scale of 1-7 (1 = most free and 7 = least free). Burkina political rights jumped from a 6 to a 4 and in 2014 they led their most successful election for president and legislative ever, driving their trend arrow up.
As discussed in the last blog post about Poor Economics about how heath is in issue that people in poverty face daily. Banerjee and Duflo introduce the ‘low hanging fruit’ and how even though it is right there to grab, it is not always the easiest to obtain. Bed nets are essential to the prevention of malaria and cost a minimal amount of money. Malaria is so easily prevented “…a child in Kenya sleeping under a treated net has 30 percent less risk of being infected with malaria between birth and age two, compared to a child who doesn’t.” (Banerjee and Duflo 2011) With the technically of bed nets improving, many may not always be the most affordable to a family in poverty. When families get the little money they do, they don’t always spend it on needs. Another heath issues are the diarrhea epidemic like malaria is preventable. Children are dying at young ages because they are not getting the treatment they need. Clinics are offering oral rehydration solution, (ORS) which consist a mixture of salt, sugar, potassium chloride, and antacid that is mixed with water and drink by the child. The rotavirus could to prevented by a vaccine, however “three “miracle drugs” could already save most of these children: chlorine bleach, for purifying water; and salt and sugar, the key ingredient in the rehydration solution ORS.” These illnesses could also be prevented by treating there water, which is again the cycle of poverty.
Homepage. (n.d.). Retrieved February 14, 2017, from http://aidtoburkina.org.uk/
Freedom in the World 2016. (n.d.). Retrieved February 14, 2017, from https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2016
Banerjee, A. & Duflo, E. (2011). Poor Economics. Print.