FNTE is a 501(c)3 public charity. We serve families stricken by extreme poverty, famine, and lack of clean water, poor soils, and poor sanitary conditions with no electricity. Yet, we are certain of the light at the end of the tunnel. Our founder, Mr. Alfred Koala, firmly believes that education is gold. Having experienced starvation himself and struggled to make it through college, he designed FNTE as the best, simplest solution, a cost effective and sustainable program that really makes a significant and lasting difference in the lives of the poor.
Education is a necessity nowadays and it is our hope that all children will have the opportunity. While education is free in some nations, like the United States, villagers in most African nations have to pay for their children’s education at a cost beyond their means. For instance, villagers in Burkina Faso live on $1 per day and need over $100 a year per child for school tuition. The country’s illiteracy rate is 72%. To solve this, FNTE equips families with proven successful tools and methodology through the projects below:
- Bulls and plows (our care package)
We gift two bulls and a plow to families who have adopted orphans. Villagers who have not adopted orphans have access to the same care package but in a form of micro financing – these families have lower financial burdens than do those with orphans.Each family we support receives our care package consisting of:
2 bulls and a plow
Bulls are vaccinated to ensure their health
A yoke with chains
Most importantly, our 3 months of training so that the entire family becomes knowledgeable and empowered for educational possibilities.
The bulls and plows allow them to substantially increase their crop yields.
Greater crop yields allow the families to feed themselves and sell their excess at the market.
Proceeds from crop sales fund the education of the family’s children.
- Clean Water wells
We provide a clean water well in each of the villages we intervene. Villages range from 2 to 5 thousand people. Over 300 villages do not have clean water wells in Burkina Faso. Our specially designed well comes with a trough that provides the same clean water to the animals, especially the bulls we provided to farmers, and effective drainage to prevent mosquitos from breeding. FNTE has provided 5,000 people with clean water, so far.
Watch our well video here
Without proper training, any help to developing nations is a short-term fix to address a long-term disaster. The poor have always been given aid but never taught how to utilize what is given to them. At FNTE, we take a completely different approach to how we help. We don’t just provide them with bulls and plows; we teach them how to make their own food, their own money, and how to provide for their children’s education. We train families how to care for the bulls they receive and the best use of it on their farms. Surplus is sold and proceeds are used to fund their children’s education. Villages where we drilled a well, men and women are trained to maintain it.
Most villages only have an elementary school but no junior or high school. In most cases, not only is it too far away for villager’s kids to go to school, but also too costly. We are in the process of building our first middle and high school, where students from villages in Burkina Faso will have the opportunity to achieve their dreams of education.
If you are looking to have a tangible impact in the children’s lives, this is an opportunity for you to invest in a lasting difference.
- Micro Financing
Our micro financing program is for families who did not adopt orphans. Only villagers in subsistence agricultural areas are eligible for this program. At the end of the 5 year cycle, bulls are sold at double their initial cost; these farmers are required to buy 2 younger bulls to continue the cycle, and to use the other half of their money to buy a care package for another family. As the cycle continues, families are able to send their children to school and more families are given the opportunity to have our care package. We also grant a $100 micro-loan to women for a year. At the end the 12 months, their hand-crafted business strives and the initial $100 is paid forward to another women. As the cycle continues, more and more women are granted the opportunity to be self-sufficient.