A School For Burkina Faso
For Burkina is the story of 13 young professionals and students with a desire to make a positive impact in rural Burkina Faso. Brittany Layton and Ben Hall had and earnest desire to use their talents to give back to those in need and instead of waiting for an opportunity to arise, they created the opportunity. As recent graduates of the Hammon’s School of Architecture at Drury University, they knew they had the potential to not only fund and build a school, but also to design the school.
After reaching out to buildOn, an organization discovered by Brittany after reading a book written by the company's founder, it became clear that BuildOn was the right fit. While working with BuildOn, it became clear that Burkina Faso in particular was a country of great need. It was decided that Brittany and Ben would design the prototype school for all buildOn schools to be built in Burkina Faso and Mali. And Burkina Faso, having a literacy rate of 26%, was in the greatest need for a new school. So, it began, and For Burkina was created.
In order to have success the group had to grow. Another HSA graduate was added to the Board of Directors. A Drury communications graduate, an MSU global studies major, and eight HSA undergraduate students were added to the team. Together the group had very little experience in starting a business, but with a knack for problem solving, a desire to help those less fortunate, and being well equipped with the knowledge of design and creativity, For Burkina has seen much success.