An organic garden in the centre “Le Pont”

  Project title

...for the training and socio-professional integration of young people in difficulty

  Location

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

  Starting point

Many out-of-school or early school leavers lack the skills needed to secure employment, support themselves and hope to escape poverty.

Burkina Faso is also a pioneer country in West Africa in the field of agro-ecology, a growing field that can offer not only a livelihood for young people, but also access to quality food, especially in the urban areas of Ouagadougou.

In 2019, LePréau.LIVE set up the training centre “Le Pont” which aims to develop and highlight the social skills of young people between 15 and 20 years old in difficult situations and without qualifications in order to promote their integration into the professional world.

The centre targets in particular girl mothers and children and young people in street situations in Ouagadougou, particularly vulnerable young people. The training, beyond the learning of new technical skills, aims above all to help young people regain self-confidence and self-worth in order to be better able to succeed in their socio-professional integration.

   About the project

The project as such aims to extend the current activities of the Centre “Le Pont” by enabling it to set up a large garden for organic farming.

 

This garden will have a double function:
1) it will serve, on the one hand, to train the young people of the Centre so that they can learn, in addition to the painting and welding techniques already in place, innovative organic gardening and irrigation techniques while developing their social skills;

2) it will be used, on the other hand, for the production and sale of organic farming products to generate income and contribute to the sustainability of the Centre.

 

To date, the Centre “Le Pont” has trained 5 young mothers and was preparing to welcome 12 new young people in March 2020.

 

The direct beneficiaries of the project will be the 20 learners between 15 and 20 years old who will benefit from two training cycles over one year (10 young people per cycle of 6 months). The beneficiaries will primarily be young mothers and young people living on the streets.

In addition to the direct beneficiaries of the training, the contribution for the partner companies and the local authorities, the project will also benefit the Centre “Le Pont” which will be able, thanks to the organic garden, to perpetuate its action by strengthening its sources of income while training the young people.

  Partnership

The Project Partner is LePreau.LIVE (https://lepreau.live/), a Burkinabe non-profit organization. Its mission is to work for the sustainable improvement of living conditions and the development of young people and other vulnerable groups by intervening in the fields of education, vocational training and apprenticeship in Ouagadougou.

 

The association relies on committed people convinced of the social values of mutual aid and solidarity. It operates thanks to the commitment of about fifteen qualified volunteers who wish to be agents of positive change in their society.

LePréau.LIVE also works, through its trainings, in the waste recycling sector and is very conscious of the environmental impact of its actions.

 

LePréau.LIVE aims to develop the social skills of disadvantaged young people, restore their self-confidence, connect them with potential employers and enable them to contribute to the development of their society.

 

The association works in partnership with :

. local authorities, in particular town halls. The town halls and their social services refer young people in difficult situations wishing to train to the Préau.
. private companies with which it has partnership agreements to support the beneficiaries of the projects.
. other local and international associations fighting against poverty and for the improvement of the living conditions of young people in Ouagadougou.

 

This networking is essential for the proper implementation of projects and to mutualise and maximise the impact of the actions carried out.

  Duration

The project will have a duration of one year and will be monitored by ASED for three years after the end of the project.

 

Some pictures :

Experimental garden currently used for training.

 

Young girl mothers trained in 2019 in the reuse of water cans.