About usThe association "Hand in Hand Burkina Faso e.V."
Activities of “Hand in Hand Burkina Faso e.V.”
Foundation of the association
After his own experience and the messages from friends and relatives about suffering and death in childbirth in his home country, Adama Bance decided in 2018 to change this situation. On 28 October 2018, the time had come: the statutes of “Hand in Hand Burkina Faso e.V.” were signed and the association was officially founded.
Articles of Association
latest update: 12.07.2020
This is what we have achieved in 2022
- We raised money at some information stands and fundraising events
- We pushed ahead with our project planning, and after a target analysis we decided to set up an ambulance and an emergency telephone in Ouarégou as the next step, so that women giving birth can quickly get to the nearest hospital
- And last but not least, we built our well on 02 December 2022. More about the well construction you can find [here]
All this would not have been possible without all our supporters and donors, to whom we would like to express our heartfelt thanks once again.
More about our actions you can read in our accountability reports (“Rechenschaftsberichte” german). All existing reports of the past years can be found in our [Archive (german)].
There is a lot to do – we are tackling it!
The political upheaval in Burkina Faso in 2022 and the terrorist attacks from Mali in the north of the country are currently complicating the situation in Burkina Faso. Fortunately, Ouarégou, which is located in the south-east of the country, is not affected by the terrorist attacks. Furthermore, there is a lack of necessary health care, especially for birth and pregnancy in Ouarégou, which we want to improve.
For 2023 we have planned the following
- Elaboration of a detailed project plan incl. situation analysis on site for our next planned project “ambulance and emergency phone”
- Collect donations and apply for funds from foundations and sponsors for the “Ambulance and Emergency Phone” project
- Carrying out information stands and charity events
Leave a trace as a member
Would you like to support us in our activities? Then just come and meet us at our planning meetings. he decision if we also meet onsite in Cologne will be made at short notice and the location will be sent out with the invitation. You can find out when our planning meetings are taking place under the [Vereinstermine (German) ] here on our homepage or on [Facebook].
Do you only want to support the association by making a regular donation? Then you can also become a member. With our [Newsletter] we keep you up to date.
Download a member application form here and become a member of our assosiation.
last update: 13.02.2023
We introduce ourselves
Chairman – Adama Bance
Adama Bance is a father of three children, happily married and an operations manager at BUCHEN UmweltService GmbH. He is a native of Ouarégou in Burkina Faso, but has been resident in Cologne for several years with part of his family. His other family members still live in Ouarégou, which is why he has excellent contacts to this region and visits them regularly. Here in Germany, he is also networked with several Burkinabe in NRW. When his first daughter was born in the village, Adama saw for himself how much his wife had to struggle during childbirth and how bad the local medical care was. Tragically, he has also experienced several times in recent years that young women from his circle of acquaintances have died during childbirth together with their unborn babies.
Vice Chairwoman – Christine Masuch
Christine Masuch is an IT consultant for insurance companies and lives in Düsseldorf. During her own pregnancy she was diagnosed with placenta praevia. In this case, the placenta lies in front of the birth canal, so that without a caesarean section, mother and unborn child would bleed to death. Due to inadequate medical care, especially in sub-Saharan African countries, this unfortunately still happens very often today. Because of this experience, she wants to contribute the rest of her life that she has been gifted, so that not only she and her son are granted a life after a Planzenta Praevia. Within the association, she takes care of the general organisation and the maintenance of the association’s homepage and is the contact person for the press.
Treasurer – Nicole Ibsch
Nicole Ibsch is a mother of one daughter and a management consultant for IT projects in insurance companies. Her own pregnancy and birth fortunately went without complications. Nevertheless, she noticed how vulnerable and exposed one is during birth. Her empathy for families who do not have access to good health care has increased even more through this experience. That is why she would like to actively support the association and its goals.
Our ambassador – Kadietou Sare
Like Adama Bance, Kadietou Sare grew up in Ouarégou in Burkina Faso, where the planned maternity ward is to be built. Kadietou Sare gave birth to two of her three children in Ouarégou and knows the problems within the health care system there first hand. She describes her experiences of this [here].
Kadietou Sare is an excellent cook. She always provides us with original African specialities and delicacies at events.