Studies have confirmed beyond a doubt what we have already known: empowering and educating women results in a society that is healthier, more just, and increases prosperity regardless of the community. This is consistent with another core value of Pull for Progress: access to education for all is an essential human right. Our girls education program was created with this vision in mind, and the purpose to motivate and empower women to overcome any barrier to education access. We identify & remove barriers for top-motivated girls so that they can recognize their potential and help them access higher education. Tangible support includes covering costs of tuition, school supplies, lighting to study at night, and bikes for transportation.
We are committed to supporting community-led sustainable development. As the largest component of Burkina Faso’s economy, agriculture is essential not only for nutrition, but also community growth and development. Pull for Progress has created and supported sustainable agriculture projects from teaching village farmers advanced agriculture techniques, to supplying startup seeds, animals, and funding to refugee communities to start gardens as a source of food.
Political instability and poverty has led to a spike in violence and deaths from gunshot wounds. Stop the Bleed is a program by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma designed to train civilians to stop life threatening bleeding. In collaboration with the American College of Surgeons, the Ministry of Health, and the US embassy, we have empowered the people of Burkina Faso with this life saving program. We also developed an innovative picture-based curriculum, which is the first of its kind, to facilitate training in rural communities and conflict zones. Over 1,000 people in Burkina Faso have completed Stop the Bleed training, resulting in an estimated 200,000 indirect beneficiaries. We are currently developing a Community Activated Trauma Response system to train community members as first responders and the primary catalyst for mobilization of an integrated, de-centralized trauma network.
Public health programs are essential for sustainable development. Our community-oriented approach gives us the ability to not only respond to the needs of the local community, but implement prevention programs. Examples of programming include health education through radio and TV, health caravans for communicable disease screenings including education on hepatitis, and free seminars for soap creation and proper use. During the COVID pandemic, we not only made much-needed hygiene products, but also taught communities to make masks and hand sanitizers using the World Health Organization (WHO) formula.
The first major project of Pull for Progress starting in 2014, were Community Health Clubs, forming the foundation of our mission to empower people with the tools to improve their communities. Initiated in the village of Dierma with 15 facilitators, there are now over 100 facilitators trained and thousands of people from multiple villages who have completed the 22 week Hygiene & Sanitation curriculum, gathering widespread recognition, support, and endorsement by the government of Burkina Faso as a national model for community health. Expansion of this project continues to spread across many villages and, most recently, the Internally Displaced Camps. This project has prevented disease in thousands of people, saving countless lives.
Our free clinics started in 2016 in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Our objective is to provide free care to the most vulnerable people in Burkina Faso including children who are homeless, victims of domestic abuse, and the Internally Displaced People. So far, over 40,000 patient consultations were performed in the first five years, as well as facilitation of additional care including specialty care, surgeries, access to therapists, and shelters. Our staff are all extraordinary individuals who care deeply about health equity.