We are very excited to announce another project in West Africa. As of May 1st, 2023, Aid to Artisans began working on a one-year pilot initiative in Burkina Faso titled Resilience Through Craft, a powerful initiative that addresses the local governance of young people in Burkina Faso in two ways.
First, the at-risk youth will learn from two artisan enterprises about the potential of a career in the artisan sector. These enterprises are GAFREH in Bobo-Dioulasso and Centre d’Animation Féminin (CAF) in Koudougou. Second, they will learn leadership, entrepreneurial skills, and how to work as a team to better communicate their needs to local government representatives in their community, all to help strengthen the relationship between citizens, communities, and the government.
The first step in the project was to identify the at-risk youth from Koudougou and Bobo-Dioulasso to participate in the program. Last month, field coordinator Abdul visited both communities to meet with the Special Delegations of each and introduce this project to them. From here, 150 applications were submitted by the youth that were interested in participating!
Stay tuned to learn more about how many are selected and what the first activities will be with the selected participants from both communities.
This project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is in partnership with Creative Associates International (Creative) and their sub-partner, Lutheran World Relief (LWR).