What We Do
Current Projects and Activities
Kabeela carries out a wide range of activities that each contribute to its ultimate aim of reducing poverty and improving the living conditions of women within the Central Plateau region of Burkina Faso. Kabeela’s current activities include:
- • Holding periodic meetings for its 150 members.
- • Conducting campaigns using workshops, theatre, film and music to raise awareness of issues such as HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, hygiene, excision, malaria, tuberculosis, reproductive health and family planning.
- • Providing refuge for both women who have fled forced marriages and children orphaned by AIDS.
- • Promoting the political participation of women.
- • Helping prevent malnutrition by teaching local people how to make and sell flour.
- • Fighting against desertification and deforestation.
- • Fighting ignorance by improving literacy and facilitating cultural exchanges: between 2009 and 2010, 20 villages benefited from Kabeela’s literacy classes.
- • Training women in fabric, soap and spice manufacturing; gardening and animal care.
- • Cultivating peanuts, millet, beans and sesame seeds as an income generating activity.
- • Providing childcare facilities for women who attend Kabeela’s literacy classes. In addition, Kabeela is developing nursery facilities in order to give local women free time to work, go to the market or attend public events.
- • Chairing debates within the local community on issues such as civil rights, democracy and education.
Between 2012 and 2015 Kabeela is specifically hoping to:
- • install a community radio station
- • broadcast over 2,000 gender awareness raising emissions on regional, private and community radio stations
- • organise 150 gender awareness raising workshops
- • organise six workshops on community life
- • establish and organise five new women’s groups
- • organise ten gender training and female leadership workshops with the intention of promoting women within their immediate social circle and in front of government, traditional and religious leaders
- • creation of a women’s saving and credit centre
- • create a savings account for each of its members
- • provide finance for women’s revenue generating activities (microcredit)
- • organise 60 women’s training workshops on STIs, HIV and AIDS in 20 villages (five per year over the three years)
- • organise 80 community awareness raising workshops on schooling children, forced marriage, the education of women and HIV and AIDS
- • organise six workshops of the training of women in business
- • organise six workshops training women in cultural and vetenary techniques
- • create and furbish three literacy and numeracy centres
- • recruit 15 literacy and numeracy instructors
- • buy and install six grain windmills and four water pumps
‘Through willpower, action and perseverance, we can reach all our goals,’
(Antoine – Kabeela Monitoring and Evaluation Co-ordinator 2011)