URGENT APPEAL – Please support people with disabilities in Burkina Faso to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic

In Burkina Faso, a country already suffering from poverty, a weak healthcare system and attacks from armed groups that have resulted in the world’s fastest-growing displacement crisis, the UN refugee agency is warning that the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the country could be dire.

People with disabilities are amongst the most marginalised groups in Burkina Faso, often living in extreme poverty and neglected by society. Artisans with disabilities, who are members of our partner organisation Tigoung Nonma, are currently unable to work and struggling to buy food to feed themselves and their families. We are therefore asking you to please support them by making a donation through our Virgin Money Giving Campaign.

Your donation will allow Tigoung Nonma to distribute food parcels and hygiene kits to its members, to try to protect them and their families from the impact of this pandemic.

We would greatly appreciate any support you can give.

Thank you very much.

Crowdfunding for ODIS on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD), we are launching a crowdfunding campaign to support our partner organisation ODIS.

ODIS is implementing a 1-year inclusive education and training project in Burkina Faso, and they would greatly appreciate your support.

Working with children with disabilities

Please visit our crowdfunding page to find out more about the project and to make a donation.

You can also read our special IDPwD newsletter here.

Thank you very much for your continued support.

We have launched a crowdfunding campaign for our partner ODIS’ inclusive education and training project. Find out more in our News section.

Burkinabè Rising film screening, live music and buffet

Advance tickets are available HERE or can be purchased on the night.

Ticket price includes film screening, live music and buffet. Drinks will be available to purchase at the bar for the duration of the evening.

Film duration: 72 mins

Visit the Facebook event page to see the film trailer and to let us know if you’ll be attending.

‘BURKINABÈ RISING: the art of resistance in Burkina Faso’- directed by Iara Lee (Cultures of Resistance Films). A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara, killed in a coup d’état led by his best friend and advisor Blaise Compaoré, who then ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years, til a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever and it permeates every aspect of the Burkinabe life. It is an inspiration, not only to Africa, but to the rest of the world.’

Poster Competition

The ‘International Day of Persons with Disability’ is a United Nations international day that takes place annually on the 3rd December. The day works to raise awareness of the estimated 1billion people around the world that have some form of disability and yet, still do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others.

The theme for this year is: “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The international day also links into Rights Respecting Schools initiatives, and PSHE lessons. To commemorate the day on the 3rd December some people choose to wear purple, and children may like to include purple on their posters, including purple ribbons.

We would love schools to join us in raising awareness of this important day by encouraging students to take part in the poster competition.

Posters can be on either A4 or A3 paper, hand drawn or made electronically on a computer/tablet. The whole school, specific year groups or classes can take part.

Entries can be:

The winner of the competition will be announced via our website on 26th November. The winning poster will be published on our website, facebook page and twitter feed, and will be used by LAFI:Burkina to help publicise the International Day of Persons with Disability, for the week before the International Day, as well as on the 3rd December. We will not publish the winning child’s name just the “Winning entry is from a Year 4 pupil at NAME OF SCHOOL”.

Please email info@lafiburkina.org with any questions or to let us know you are taking part.

Thank you!

International Day of Persons with Disabilities


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.