Tremendous progress has been made in Konkourona since KAFO and MSN began the First Mile Community Development Program in 2019. Access to education, healthcare and water is now available to all citizens. Additionally, many jobs have been created and 1100 fruit and shade trees have been planted.

  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    Victorien Millogo, KAFO Field Program Director There were three primary goals for KAFO in 2023: All of these goals (and so much more) were accomplished in 2023, thanks in great part to the leadership of Victorien Millogo, farmer and KAFO Field Program Director. Victorien has lived in Konkourona all of his life and has no…

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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Konkourona!

    Happy Thanksgiving from Konkourona!

    Life in the remote village of Konkourona, Burkina Faso, is hard, but it has improved dramatically over the past 4 years. We are extremely grateful to our closest friends, colleagues and family members for joining us in helping this community build a brighter future. There are security risks in Burkina Faso that prevent most people…

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  • Dengue fever hits Burkina Faso!

    Dengue fever hits Burkina Faso!

    KAFO President, Dr. Jules Millogo, speaks out about dengue Burkina Faso’s health ministry confirmed that one of the deadliest dengue fever epidemics yet has been impacting the country over the past few weeks. Since the start of the year, the country has recorded more than 51,000 suspected cases and more than 200 deaths of the…

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  • New school year has begun!

    New school year has begun!

    The village of Konkourona celebrated the tremendous successes in education from the past 4 years by enrolling a record number of students in elementary school, middle school and high school this year. KAFO and MSN made sure that primary school students had books and supplies, and middle school and high school students had books, supplies,…

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  • We are building a vaccination facility!

    We are building a vaccination facility!

    The United Nations estimates that the average life expectancy in Burkina Faso is just over 60 years, which is well below the highest life expectancy in the world of 87, in Monaco. The leading causes of death are infectious diseases, and there are many vaccines to help prevent them. So KAFO and MSN are partnering…

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  • Health Center capacity is growing!

    Health Center capacity is growing!

    Approximately 1.5 million people lose their lives to vaccine-preventable diseases every year, making vaccines one of the most cost-effective investments in health and development in history, according to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. Vaccination campaigns were occurring in Konkourona, but with no vaccine refrigerator, the availability of vaccines was sporadic. Last week, the District Medical Office…

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  • We have a new record!

    We have a new record!

    Two weeks ago, 50 students travelled from Konkourona to a neighboring village in the back of the KAFO/MSN tricycle trailer to take the middle school entry exam, with the hope of breaking the record of 33 students (76%) passing set 2 years ago. We just found out minutes ago that… 46 STUDENTS PASSED! This is…

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  • Look at them go!

    Look at them go!

    Mothers mobilize to fill in the foundation for the middle school floor with sand, bucket by bucket. Once it is mostly filled, cement will be used to build something more permanent. The community members are doing as much labor as possible to accelerate construction and keep costs low. The classrooms are starting to take shape.…

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  • Let the games begin!

    Let the games begin!

    Cards and games were purchased for the Konkourona library this week at the request of the Library Manager, Issaka Ramde. Children filled the library today, on a Saturday, to play. A contract was signed to begin construction of a new middle school in the village and the engineer met with the village chief and community…

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