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.

  • The Women’s Center is open in Konkourona!

    The Women’s Center is open in Konkourona!

    Men, women and children gathered in the multipurpose center last week for training to improve the water management system in Konkourona.    The new center will be managed by the women in the community for  vaccination campaigns, a waiting area for patients using the health center, a cafeteria, a training room, and a hub for…

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  • Happy 5th Birthday to KAFO!

    Happy 5th Birthday to KAFO!

    Exactly 5 years ago today, I was on a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine with my daughters and my niece.  I woke up early and worked in the lobby while they slept, putting the finishing touches on the Articles of Incorporation for the Konkourona Alliance Foundation (KAFO), Inc. before sending them out, leading…

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  • Happy Mother’s Day from Konkourona!

    Happy Mother’s Day from Konkourona!

    Sabine is recovering beautifully from the surgery she had one month ago to remove a benign tumor from her jaw that was making it difficult for her to eat, talk and breathe.  In this picture, she is with her 8 month old baby in front of what is being built as a Women’s Center.  She…

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  • Sabine’s surgery was successful!

    Sabine’s surgery was successful!

    Many people asked how Sabine’s surgery went, so I wanted to send a quick update to you from Félix.  Félix is from Konkourona and finishing up a PharmD program in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.  Félix managed everything about Sabine’s care, taking her to specialists, scheduling the surgery, rounding up the materials and medications needed, making payments,…

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  • Tomorrow is a big day for Sabine!

    Tomorrow is a big day for Sabine!

    This is Sabine (32), who is from Konkourona and is married with three children (15, 10, and 7 months).  Three years ago, Sabine noticed a growth in her jaw and it has gotten progressively worse over time.  There is now a health center in Konkourona that can be used to treat most healthcare issues, but…

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  • Happy Women’s Day!

    Happy Women’s Day!

    This is Catherine, the hard working wife of the KAFO Field Program Director (Victorien), mother of 5 children, caretaker for the KAFO headquarters building, and the leader of the Women’s Association in Konkourona. Catherine rises early and works tirelessly each day to care for her family and support the development efforts in Konkourona. Let’s celebrate…

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  • Growth continues!

    Growth continues!

    Computer classes at the library have surged due to Business Online donating 20 computers, enhancing skills in Word and Excel. Health data shows high care-seeking behavior with significant community engagement in maternal and child health services. Efforts towards improving educational facilities and housing for teachers reflect strong momentum towards sustainable development goals.

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  • 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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  • Healthy baby girl!

    Healthy baby girl!

    The new Sandia Millogo Health and Social Promotion Center in Konkourona, named after the mother of KAFO’s President, Dr. Jules Millogo, was scheduled to officially open today. This precious baby girl was ready early though, and was born at 11:47 pm last night. She is the first baby to be born in the Health Center,…

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I received a picture of the weekend hours at the community library in Konkourona early this morning (below) and I have been thinking about it all day. Having access to books, computers and a printer opens up so many opportunities. The library also creates a safe space for positive community interactions. There are so many…

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  • People of Konkourona

    People of Konkourona

    Burkinabe photographer, Warren Saré, visited Konkourona in September to document the progress being made as a result of development efforts over the past three years. Irène and Ben, the couple responsible for freeing the medical equipment and supplies for the Health Center from customs, entertain Sandia, the matriarch of the village, in this picture. These…

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  • Hope spreads in Konkourona!

    Hope spreads in Konkourona!

    KAFO President, Dr. Jules Millogo, traveled to Konkourona for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began to meet with leaders of the village association, Mami Siara Na, and evaluate the progress that has been made over the past 3 years. This news segment (in French) was filmed during a celebration of gratitude and hope…

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  • Medical equipment arrives!

    Medical equipment arrives!

    Newlyweds, Irène Millogo and Benjamin Adabrah (Ben), worked tirelessly to clear administrative hurdles preventing release of a shipment of medical equipment and supplies needed to open a health center built in the remote village of Konkourona last year. The shipment was sent from West Grove, Pennsylvania in January of this year and made it to…

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  • Student success continues!

    Student success continues!

    Students climbed into our KAFO/MSN construction vehicle to be transported by KAFO Program Director, Victorien Millogo, to another village to take the middle school entrance exam. They were thrilled for an opportunity to ride on the back of a motorized tricycle. Two thirds of the students passed the exam, up from 4% in 2019, before…

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  • Health center is approved!

    Health center is approved!

    We are thrilled to announce that the Minister of Health has just approved the new health center we helped build in Konkourona!!! Community members will soon have access to medical care in their village, which will greatly improve the length and quality of their lives! Now, we need only the release of the medical equipment…

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  • Preparing for rain!

    Preparing for rain!

    Digging has begun in Konkourona to prepare for the trees to be planted for reforestation in the rainy season from June to September. Renovations of an existing building to be used as a library are almost complete and the shelving, tables and chairs have been ordered. The roof was repaired, glass windows were installed, and…

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  • Big plans for 2022!

    Big plans for 2022!

    The medical equipment and supplies for the new health center in Konkourona made it to the port in Accra, Ghana 4 weeks ago, from West Grove, PA in the US. While we are waiting for the shipment to clear customs, work has started on several new projects. Desertification is a major concern in Burkina Faso,…

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