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This holiday season, give the gift of education to a village in Burkina Faso, one of the world’s economically poorest countries.


Supporters like you funded over 100 schools in seven developing countries this year. Help buildOn raise $30,000 to construct our final school of 2015 in Kilo, Burkina Faso.

Learn about buildOn’s work in Burkina Faso >

Why We’re Building in Burkina Faso:

  • A buildOn constructed school includes three classrooms and provides learning space for more than 100 girls and boys.
  • Girls attend buildOn schools in equal numbers with boys, dramatically improving health, economic and community outcomes.
  • We build in villages with lack schools or have dark, overcrowded mud and thatch huts acting as makeshift classrooms.
  • Fewer than 50% of children in Burkina Faso regularly attend school, but buildOn is working to change that.
  • Low education levels, gender inequality, disease and malnutrition are major barriers to meeting the country’s basic needs.
  • Burkina Faso is the world’s 7th poorest country with one of lowest literacy levels.
  • Entire villages contribute to construction and leadership, including women, who have traditionally been denied leadership roles.
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“Investing in education and opportunity for young people is a major priority in our lives, and we are thrilled that with the help of buildOn we can maintain our ongoing commitment to improving education for the children of Burkina Faso. Join me in sharing the gift of education with Burkina Faso.”

– Katharine McPhee, Musician and Actress


What Your Donation to Burkina Faso Provides:

Access to Education

The buildOn school in Kilo will include three modern classrooms and space to educate more than 100 children.

Community Empowerment

We build with communities, not for communities. Villagers are empowered partners not recipients of aid.


Girls in Kilo will have equal access to education – a rare opportunity for girls in much of Burkina Faso.

Meet People We're Empowering in Burkina Faso:

  • “I would like to be a doctor when I grow up. I like to make people feel better … It was hard to learn in our old school. It’s dark and we can’t go to class when it rains because the water comes in.”

    Sam, 7-year-old student

  • Nikiema loves math, but only recently started attending school. Her parents didn’t think she would get a good education in her village’s school – a dark, one-room thatch hut. When they learned buildOn was building a new school in the village, they saw hope for her education and started sending her to class.

    Nikiema, 8-year-old student

  • Deprived of education, Barkissou was unable to write her own name and was married as a teenager. But she saw hope for the future in a new buildOn school: “Knowledge is on the pages of books, and with knowledge comes the power to dream… Through education my children can realize their dreams.”

    Barkissou, a young mother and school building volunteer


Contribute $20 or more to the new school in Kilo, Burkina Faso and we’ll include your name or a loved one’s name on a plaque that will forever hang in the new school.


For 11 consecutive years, buildOn has earned a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator.

Only 1% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least 11 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

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