In 2013, Help-for-Hope has started to support Swiss-born André and Chantal Buehler and their association Bilifou in Burkina Faso. Bilifou is dedicated to help children in the province of Yatenga, in the North of Burkina Faso, one of the poorest regions in the world. Having built school facilities in this area, Bilifou saw that outside of school hours children had no central venue to gather and practice sports, leaving youth idle and aimless. In their words:
“Approaching the end of the construction of the college at the end of 2012, it appeared to us that if we could develop a sports fields in the compound of the school complex, it would be a great plus for all students and young people in the area of Gondologo.
At that time, miraculously, we were contacted by the Help for Hope Foundation who knew about the existence of our association. We met several members who were instantly enthusiastic about this beautiful project and who agreed to support it financially.
As early as April of 2013, work began, ending three months later. Apart from some finishing touches around the grounds work was finished.
4 fields have been completed, one of football, one of volleyball, one of basketball and one of handball, combined with the previous, in order to rationalize the costs.
Barely the equipment was made available, a swarm of young people rushed to these fields. The guardian of the complex now makes all the equipment available to young people during the day, so that they can play, even during school holidays.
On 2017 the grounds were equipped with light and the students are enjoying the fields also after dawn which are the main sources of distraction in this area.
Needless to say, the teachers, students and young people in the area are delighted by these achievements that will allow more than 450 students to enjoy these beautiful spaces of relaxation all year long and to be able to participate in inter-school and other tournaments.
Our thanks go to the Help for Hope Foundation for their wonderful support in this project, which was completed in record time and in very good conditions.”