For Burkina has teamed up with BuildOn engineers on the ground in Burkina Faso, The Ministry of Education, and the World Bank to design the prototype school. After extensive research into the culture, climate, construction methods and materials of Burkina Faso, the team began the design process. The only use of electricity in the construction process is for the purposes of welding; therefore, all other construction must be done by hand. In the design, economy is paramount and with a budget of $32,000 our price per square foot is below $6, making it less than 1/25 of what a low budget school in the U.S. would cost. All national building codes in Burkina Faso will be adhered to along with U.S. standards for safety and accessibility.
For Burkina has strayed away from the typical approach of relying solely on donations to raise the needed funds to build the school. Instead, the approach has been to involve the community and raise awareness along with the funds. By partnering with local organizations and institutions For Burkina has been able to create products that have been sold both online and at community Art Walks. Success is being measured by tracking the number of students that will be able to attend the school, knowing that it costs $240.00 per student. The hopes would be to reach $32,000 and get all 135 students enrolled.
January 8th-16th of 2016, members of our team traveled to Burkina Faso where we helped with the construction of the school the team has designed. In the remote village of Mourpougo who is receiving the school, team members lived with host families for the duration of the trip. The team is excited to have experienced the culture of the Burkinabe’ people and to have made lifelong friendships.