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Paper for All
September 15, 2010

Paper for All (http://www.paper4all.org) is an ngo made of volunteers only that provides academic resources to improve the learning conditions of children (6-14 years old) in four elementary schools (2,000 children) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.   The non-profit aims to support education to enable greater development.  Paper for All is registered as a 501 (c) (3) in the US (#109090026), in the UK (#1116888), France (#20020080003) and Burkina Faso (#2007366). The need for academic resources Burkina Faso is one of the most illiterate counties in the world, and only one person in five can read and write. The children are very keen to learn but do not have basic academic resources such as paper to write on or a pen.  They sometimes resort to writing in the margins of the notebooks used by their brothers and sisters in the prior years. The impact Paper for All tries to help children get access to better learning conditions by distributing essential academic resources: notebooks, pens, pencils, books, chalk, etc..  For instance, before Paper for All’s intervention, Zoe, 6 years old, would come to class excited to get educated, despite leaving her parents behind with the home chores. However, with no money to buy a notebook, she would reuse the notebook used by her brothers and sisters before and constrain any writing to the margin, the only piece of blank paper left.  With 90 other students in classes made for 30 pupils, significantly more efforts than normally required would be required to learn mathematics, literature, etc.  With time, Zoe might eventually get discouraged, give up school a couple of years later and get back to helping her parents at home.  With no education and the inability to read and write, she would not contribute as much as she could to the development of her own country.  Paper for All attempts to help children like Zoe by giving them the appropriate resources, so that they get have better learning conditions and eventually become better contributors to the development of their country. The quarterly distribution programme currently targets a select number of schools in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, or about 2,000 children: • Cité de l’Avenir (670 pupils) • Trame d’Accueil A (880 pupils) • Trame d’Accueil B (500 pupils) • Yaaka (150 pupils) Overall, in two years of operations, more than 8,000 notebooks and 5,000 pens have been distributed to the children. In addition, Paper for All launched a tutoring programme for 150 children, to assist them for the academic fees, track their performance and distribute supplies such as mosquito nets and lamps, with the same focus, enabling better learning conditions to enable them to have a greater impact on the development on their country. We thank anybody for their support. This is a small ngo full of great energy to achieve great things.

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The quarterly distribution programme currently targets a select number of schools in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, or about 2,000 children: • Cité de l’Avenir (670 pupils) • Trame d’Accueil A (880 pupils) • Trame d’Accueil B (500 pupils) • Yaaka (150 pupils

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have full time hires to oversee activities in Africa, continue structuring the organization to achieve maximum efficiency and impact, and increase communication efforts.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The size and impact of the ngo: only volunteers in four countries to help 2000+ children! The impact is significant: we help children learn and recover their pride in this underdeveloped country!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, convinced that they were doing the right thing, amazed at their impact

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Develop into an umbrella organization that would oversee entities in the most illiterate countries to provide the poorest kids with academic resources. The kids are so glad to learn and this is a crucial first step to sustainable development.

Ways to make it better...

We had had more funds. A full time hire can achieve so much more than a volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

To secure enough funding and then continue structuring its activities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

we thank so many volunteers who helped us in this mission and hope we will continue getting so much support!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Created the ngo.