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Hello! Thank-you for visiting this website :)

I will update this page to let you all know about progress on fundraising for Tigoung Nonma. Myself and another committed volunteer are currently looking into new avenues for fundraising and income generation for Tigoung Nonma. The team at Tigoung Nonma itself are also planning new ways to diversify. I am also accepting charity commissions and will give all donations for Art works to the project.

Background

I volunteer for Tigoung Nonma’, a co-operative of severely physically disabled craftspeople and artists living in Burkina Faso. Disability rates are high there and many people have been left with paralysis from the disease Polio. Tigoung Nonma (Strength through Unity) was set up in 2005 to help its disabled community to earn money. The thing is that poverty is so usual in Burkina Faso due to the unjust economy, arid environment and lack of infrastructure (or difficulty for people to access important services such as healthcare, education and work) that it is nearly impossible for the group to support themselves alone. That is why the co-operative's success is so important.

In November 2018 we held our 2nd fundraiser in order to help Tigoung Nonma to renovate the plot of land and building they purchased in April 2018. This has been made possible by the kindness of individuals- friends and family mostly. TN are looking for new ways to increase their income and to diversify their business efforts. They feel that while there are many members who are talented Artists and Master craftsmen, the money that they make from Art alone is insufficient. In short, their work is undervalued and underappreciated in my opinion considering the skill, time and major effort that goes into each creation. But that's the way it is with a lot of African art.

Anyway, I thought I should update you all on progress. In November we managed to raise £1300 which is brilliant. We now have a new budget in for the funding that is needed for the renovation of the plot to make it into a suitable, wheelchair accessible space.