International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Today we are celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme this year is Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want, in reference to how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals can build a more inclusive and equitable world for people with disabilities.

This year additionally marks 10 years from the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which promotes and protects the rights of people with disabilities.

The CRPD was ratified in Burkina Faso in 2009, however, people with disabilities are yet to experience full inclusion in their country, and have difficulties integrating into their communities.

  • They are often victims of prejudice, rejection, abandonment and other forms of exclusion – sadly even within their own families.
  • They regularly encounter negative attitudes and discrimination, problems with accessibility, and a lack of implementation of disability-related laws.

All of this results in them being marginalised in society, with many finding themselves living in conditions of extreme poverty.

LAFI Burkina works with partner organisations in Burkina Faso to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities and to ensure that they are able to access education, healthcare and employment opportunities.

In 2016…

We worked with our partners to develop the following projects:

  • a centre for children with disabilities;
  • dialogue sessions with mothers of children with disabilities on issues that affect their children, as well as on how to better meet their children’s needs;
  • purchasing equipment for a catering service run by women with disabilities;
  • and an income generating grains trading activity run by a cooperative of disabled artisans.

We have been able to raise funds for these activities due to the generosity of our supporters. We would particularly like to thank:

  • Steve Gunn, who fundraised for us when he did the Tour de Flanders cycling race earlier this year;
  • Felix Tennison, who did a month-long Dryathlon to raise money for us;
  • and our trustees and volunteers who took part in the Parallel London disability-led run.

We are very grateful to everyone who donated to these fundraising campaigns, as well as to anyone who purchased crafts from us – you helped us raise over £2,000! A big thank you also to anyone who visited our stalls, or interacted with us on social media.

We appreciate your support as we continue to work towards an inclusive society in Burkina Faso where people with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities.

Thank you very much,
The LAFI Burkina Team

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LAFI returns to Africa on the Square


LAFI Burkina had a fantastic day at Africa on the Square on Saturday 10th October. Lots of people came to see our stall, interested to find out more about LAFI. It was great to receive so many compliments on the hand crafted gifts we were selling, designed and made by our partner, Tigoung Nonma. Thank you so much to everyone who came to see us. We made a brilliant £653 from craft sales which will go straight to Tigoung Nonma. Watch this space to find out more about projects LAFI will be funding to support Tigoung Nonma further, and also our partner HSB.

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LAFI Burkina London Launch

LAFI Burkina hosted it’s first event in mid-May in London – held at Canal 125 in Kings Cross, we had a great turnout which included supporters and friends of LB trustees whom wanted to hear more about the work we are doing and how they can help.

Melissa Miller, Vice Chair gave a heartfelt speech. She said “It is impossible not to be touched by the stories of the people that we met [in Burkina Faso]…it is our hope that through LAFI Burkina we can continue to support our partners to implement positive change…Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) has developed many services that provided direct support to people with disabilities and their families whilst simultaneously carrying out advocacy campaigns on disability rights at both a government and local community level. When HSB opened a drop in centre the courtyard was full of people from all over city. Parents who knew there was something different about their child but didn’t know where to turn, young people with no jobs and no shelter. The centre has helped hundreds of people access medical care, education, training opportunities and necessary equipment. We hope that you will find some way to accompany us on this journey and we would appreciate whatever support you are able to offer whether it be helping out at an event, promoting our work, sharing your skills, providing advice or taking part in a fundraising event.

LAFI Burkina will be organising more events in the coming year to raise funds so we can help strengthen the capacities of our partners in Burkina Faso in order to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities. If you would like to hear more or support us along the way please contact us! Below are a selection of photos from the evening.

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Crowd-funding success!

LAFI Burkina launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise awareness and vital funds to kick start our work with Tigoung Nonma and Handicap Solidaire in Burkina Faso. Running for 30 days during March, thanks to the generosity of our brilliant supporters we smashed our target and raised an incredible £2672. We are so grateful to all our donors, and so excited to share the news with our partners in Burkina Faso. We are in discussion with TN and HSB about where this money can be best spent to further our shared mission to strengthen their capacities and to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities. Our aim is that these will be sustainable initiatives to secure a dependent future for TN and HSB.

We look forward to sharing more news on the impact of these gifts. We can now accept payments online through our website so if you missed the crowd-funding campaign please do consider making a gift to LAFI Burkina. 100% goes directly to our work in Burkina Faso. Thank you!

 

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Crowd funding has gone live!

Today (Sunday 1st March) is an important day for LAFI Burkina. Today is the day we are launching our crowd funding campaign through which we are aiming to raise £2000 (€2757, $3087). This money will bring LAFI Burkina one step closer to becoming a registered charity, which will bring us one step closer to being able to help our partners with important projects such as Espace Bambino. You can find more information about the projects we will be supporting on the Tigoung Nonma and Handicap Solidaire Burkina pages on this website.

Thanks everyone for checking out our news page. Please support us, we appreciate all donations however great or small – you can find our crowd funding campaign here. 

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Making plans for the year ahead

2015 is set to be a big year for LAFI Burkina.

After a fantastic 2014 of strategy meetings, planning sessions, selling Tigoung Nonma crafts and chatting to just about everyone we meet about our partners, LAFI is going from strength to strength. We’ve been so delighted by the interest and enthusiasm people have shown about what we’re doing. In the past few months we’ve been busy planning our year ahead: focussing on fundraising to register LAFI as a UK Charity with the Charity Commission. It’s a big task, as we need to have an income of £5,000 to do it, but we’re feeling pretty determined!

Keep an eye out for our Crowdfunding campaign – set to kick off in the coming weeks. Please donate, like, share and generally spread the word. We’re also planning a pub quiz so watch this space for more info!

You can keep up to date on our activities through our Facebook and Twitter page.

Thanks for everyone’s interest and support so far.

The LAFI team

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LAFI on the Square

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On Saturday the 11th October, LAFI Burkina joined a whole host of other African artisans, musicians and fashion and food companies on Trafalgar Square for a day of celebrating the best of African culture.
The Africa on the Square festival was a free festival to celebrate the best of African culture in Trafalgar Square for free, with live music, dance, fashion, food, family fun and more.
The LAFI team arrived early to set up and slowly but surely, the sun came out and brought on a beautiful autumn day. The crowds filled the square all day, with African musicians and performers bringing central London’s most famous square to life.

We were delighted at the amazing response – our stall was the busiest around all day, and so many people asked questions about disability in Burkina and about LAFI’s work and the work of our partners. Tigoung Nonma’s wonderful crafts were a huge hit too – we had so many remarks at their beauty and skilful craftsmanship. Customers were particularly impressed to be shown photographs of the artisans they were buying from. If only the Tigoung Nonma members could have been there to share it!
Overall, we raised £50.40 raised for LAFI a massive £456.40 for Tigoung Nonma! Thank you so much to everyone who visited, bought a Tigoung Nonma craft or showed interest in our work.

Onwards and upwards!

The LAFI team