On December 9, Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi visited Karentenga in Bam province to launch the second phase of the Beoog Biiga project in Koundoula 1 School. Led by the international humanitarian organization Catholic Relief Service (CRS) with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this program provides access to quality education and maintenance for school facilities.
During the first, three-year phase of the program, which ended in November 2014, more than 35 teaching units were supported and 143,000 students were mentored. Ambassador Mushingi, who wanted to “be a witness to these realities,” met with the staff of the Little Mommy nursery and with female mentors who advise young girls on hygiene and schooling. He also met with the first class out of kindergarten, children now old enough to go to primary school. With funding to the tune of $3 million (23 billion in CFA), Beoog Biiga Phase II is expected to continue with this framework.