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Ouaganet, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Health, International, Literacy, Promotion of International Understanding

Mission: 1. To empower women living in extreme poverty in the rural villages of Burkina Faso through the provision of goats to raise. 2. To sustain life and prevent illness by working to obtain donations of medical supplies, first aid equipment and vitamins for the very poor people in the village.. 3. To assist the poor youth with primary educational supplies (i.e. pens, pencils, backpacks, erasers, etc.). 4. To fight hunger and malnutrition by helping the poor communities with drip irrigation gardens and high quality seeds.

Target demographics: poor women and youth in rural areas if Burkina Faso, Africa.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 850

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I started volunteering on Ouganet because I found it in Onlinevolunteering.com. I found that the job they are doing in Burkina Faso is amazing. In a country that is broken, where the state doesn't reach every part of it, there is a necessity for the Non profit organizations to exist. Africa is full of countries where the state is broken, fragmented and where the civil war has been going on for centuries but Ouganet is trying to find a balance in certain aspects and because of certain programmes. I think that anyone who can help this NPO should do it, because, after all, we are helping the people in Burkina Faso to have a little faith, hope, that something better is yet to come, that it doesn't always resolve around violence.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Ouaganet is a wondelful nonprofitable organization. Most African people have ideas how to develop their villages, but they do not have finances. They try to create cooperatve, but they do not have supports. As African, we need this kind of organization.

1 Tiago D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Burkina Faso is a small country in the African continent, and that, most of us have not even heard of. It is unnoticed at the international journalism. And perhaps, the few people that know it, only know it for having the worse literacy rates in the World. With all that in mind, Burkina Faso undergoes serious problems of extreme poverty, and to find an organization such as Ouaganet, that tackles this problem, while understanding its cultural particularities is something that makes me joyful, and gives me a reason to think that there are, after all, people that think about the well being of others. Also, the organization is very helpful in providing something for their volunteers to do, even if it is online. Overall, I am really satisfied at the job that this NGO does, and I can say without any single trace of doubt that Ouaganet is doing something for mankind. Even if most of us do not notice or acknowledge it.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ouaganet is a great non-profit working for the poorest in rural Burkina Faso. The activities of this small organization are laudable. They have so far conducted high impact activities that have brought significant changes to the livelihood of the projects' beneficiaries.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ouaganet helps people in very remote places in Burkina-Faso with the very limited resources that the organization has. What I like about Ouaganet is that it encourages sustainable growth by helping people in deprived areas create revenue generating activities. I would encourage anyone able to help ouaganet to do so. Great initiative, keep up the good work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered OUAGANET via United Nations Volunteering. As soon as I visited their web site and saw the amazing work they are carrying on in Burkina Faso, their straightforward philosophy attracted my attention: it made me realize commitment, hard work, transparency and willpower can make a difference. I wanted to be part of that so I started volunteering with them a couple of weeks ago in the field of Public Relations. Luc Zio, founder of OUAGANET, gives me excellent and useful feedback on my work and all the information one could need, besides the support and the freedom to do my best. I feel I am not just doing PR, but I am also taking part in something meaninful: making the world a fairer and better place. And that is invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though I started with ouaganet a couple of days ago, it has made me aware about the amazing work that this organisation is doing. I have been constantly monitoring their site and I can now proudly call myself to be associated as a volunteer with the organisation. I feel that in times to come this organisation would only strengthen its roots in the area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really like the group.Its owesome! It gives back to the community, continue spreading your wings plz, in Kenya I 'm much willing to be incharge if in any case.Fantastic idea. lets all join hands people....It cuts across all professionals, lets contribute and share what we have and we know please...............Cheers.

Patray L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found OUAGANET through UNV volunteering service to volunteer as an illustrator to create a set of illustrations that will help to publish an ebook as a fundraiser to help the poor youth in the village in Burkina Faso. I was attracted to volunteer with them as I found their empowering activities very meaningful and impactful. Luc Zio, director of Ouaganet, is very well organized and gave me excellent brief to do the job. In particular, my ilustrations go along with a set of poems related to the life in Burkina Faso. Some of the poems were written by Luc Zio himself and I could tell his humanitarian approach and his big heart and passion to support those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to collaborate with OUAGANET in redesigning their website. What motivated me in undertaking the project was their philosophy of empowering the villagers by providing the means to fight poverty. I was especially interested with the Goat Program for the women in Burkina Faso.

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered this organisation around 2004 as I was conducting research for a planned journey to Burkina Faso. While researching I stumbled upon a website for this organisation where I received answers to my many inquires about Burkina Faso. The most joyous part of this experience was learning of its humanitarian efforts for the people of Burkina Faso. In my years of traveling, giving back to the places visited is very important to me but often difficult to organize. Ouaganet under the direction of Luc Zio is very organized and dedicated to the people of Burkina. When donating to some organizations you may feel that no impact is being made, but with Ouaganet I saw first hand while in Burkina how great this organization is. Not only have I donated to this organization but I have have assisted in the transportation of resources to Africa. Upon the return of my initial visit to Burkina, I engaged my fellow co-workers to get involved by collecting discarded soccer jerseys from their children and their donations were sent to Burkina immediately. Ouaganet took photos of the children in Burkina wearing the jerseys and emailed them to me. When I shared the photos with my co-workers, they wept tears of joy knowing that their contributions had made a difference in the lives of these beautiful children! This organization is very special and unique and deserves all of the support that it can get!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of this nonprofit organisation,i will like to encourange each an individual capable of donating or helping ouga net in the form medical supplies or cash to help aliviate the suffering of the children ,the elderly ,and the sick of the poor driven country of burkina-faso will be greatly appreciated.please visite the site and read more about burkina-faso. thank you.