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The 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 2021

    • We have now cracked the €10,000 donation mark through our fundraising efforts!
    • Our fundraising campaign for the construction of a well ran until the end of 2021. Initially, we will use the well to ensure the water supply for a school in Ouarégou. Since we can use the building site next to the school for the planned maternity ward, the well can supply both facilities with water after the maternity ward is built.  The well will be constructed at the end of January 2022. We will report about it here.
    • And our homepage is now trilingual! This means we can finally promote ourselves in Burkina Faso and other countries in a meaningful way.

    You can read 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!

      Corona continues to keep the world in respirators, but life goes on. Now that the structure of the association here in Germany is on solid footing, in 2022 we will focus primarily on building appropriate structures at the project site in Ouarégou.

      For 2021 we have planned the following

      • Completion of the well construction in January 2022
        Networking with other associations and organisations in order to benefit from “best practice” experiences and from combined forces. Here, we hope to bundle monetary and organisational forces, especially through cooperation with a large community of emigrants from Ouarégou in Italy and their associations.
      • Finding a reliable partner organisation in Ouarégou to take care of the “maternity ward” project on site.
      • Elaboration of a detailed plan for the construction and operation of the maternity ward.
      • Participation in various events with an information stand in Cologne and NRW


      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.

      Membership Request

      last update: 08.02.2021

      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.

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