In collaboration with its local partner AAB-FFL, Fondation Follereau Luxembourg supports since 2011 the vocational training and care center "Young gardeners of Dédougou" in Burkina Faso. The objective is to provide young people, who cannot afford to receive formal education, with vocational training and promote/facilitate their socio-professional integration.
The schooling rate in Burkina Faso is amongst the lowest in Africa and in the world; while the unemployment rate is very high.
In the Boucle de Mouhoun region, where the center is located, many children have never been schooled. The Young gardeners of Dédougou training center cares for young people from the age of 12 to 19 years old. They receive firstly basic literacy classes and on top they choose a three-year vocational training course in different fields: sewing, wood-working, mechanics. By the end of their studies, they each receive a starter kit which includes all necessary material to either start their own professional activity or be more easily employed. Facilitating their socio-professional integration will allow them to provide for themselves and the needs of their family.
During their three-year training, the students, who are living at the center and have all their needs (medical, food, clothing, etc) covered, also learn to take on responsibilities by gardening at the center and harvesting in order to provide the center with its own food supply and contribute to the center's financial autonomy.
In 2022, 30 students coming from Dédougou and its surroundings live at the center and are enrolled in a training program (classes taking place outside of the center).
What would a donation cover?
40 euros provides training material for one year to a student;
70 euros covers all students' food needs for a week;
90 euros provides all medications necessary for the students over a month.