Our partners in Burkina Faso


Association des Personnes Handicapées du Gourma (APHG) /
The Association of Disabled People in Gourma


Based in Fada N'Gourma (east Burkina), where the majority of disabilities are caused by polio and meningitis, APHG works to promote disabled people’s rights to develop their economic lives and social potential.
They have also set up an artisan’s workshop centre, where disabled craftspeople can come to make and sell their products.


Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) / Disability Solidarity Burkina


Handicap Solidaire is staffed and managed by disabled people.
The organisation works on the principle that people with disabilities
should be able to play a full and active role in their own socio-economic development.

HSB supports disabled people in leading an independent life. 
Activities include: producing and repairing wheelchairs; combating illiteracy; supporting artisans to make and sell crafts; supporting participation in sport; promoting disabled people’s human rights; and providing skills training.


Tigoung Nonma / Strength through Unity


Tigoung Nonma a co-operative of disabled craftsmen and women. 
Created in 2005 with the support of Handicap Solidaire (see above), it is based in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina.  The co-operative aims to improve the quality of life of disabled artisans by promoting their socio-economic inclusion.

Artisans produce a wide variety of products including batiks, clothes, pottery, woodwork, leather goods, toys, jewellery, table cloths and sculptures.  The co-operative supports artisans to work together in organising stalls and exhibitions at festivals and training events.


Djigui Espoir / Hope


Founded by a group of predominantly disabled women in the capital, Ouagadougou, Djigui Espoir exists to fight the extreme poverty that is experienced by disabled women.  Djigui supports and trains the women in organising and setting up income-generating activities that are adapted to their disabilities.  Activities include drying, producing and selling local foodstuffs.

Supporting disabled women to lead lives of greater independence also helps them improve their income, which in turn enables them to improve the living conditions for their families.


Groupe des Volontaires Burkinabe Pour Le Developpement (GVBD) /
The Burkinabe Group of Volunteers for Development


GVBD is a national women’s rights organisation working with 180 member organisations.  Their mission is to promote the participation of women and girls in the lives of rural communities.

GVBD provide awareness-raising activities on women’s rights to boost women’s self-esteem and change traditional attitudes that view women as inferior.  They also provide shelter to women who are victims of violence. To help improve women’s skills, GVBD provide technical training on farming and food security, and generating an income by selling crafts and foods.


Coordination Provinciales des Associations des Personnes Handicapées du Kénédougou (COPAPH Kénédougou) / The Network of Disabled People’s Associations in Kénédougou Province


The network of disabled people’s organisations in Kénédougou Province was established in 1992 to challenge the community’s perception that “disabled people can not do anything for themselves.”

Since then, COPAPH Kénédougou has worked to raise awareness of disability amongst the community.  Its mission is to support disabled people’s organisations in the fight against exclusion and marginalisation.

All COPAPH networks provide technical training to disabled people’s organisations so they are better-equipped to campaign for policies that recognise the needs of disabled people, and can help disabled people understand and claim their rights.


Coordination Provinciales des Associations des Personnes Handicapées de la Comoe (COPAPH Comoe) / The Network of Disabled People’s Associations in Comoe Province


COPAPH Comoe was created in 2002 with support from the NGO Action on Disability and Development.  The network comprises six disabled people’s organisations.


Coordination Provinciales des Associations des Personnes Handicapées de la Poni (COPAPH  Poni) / The Network of Disabled People’s Associations in Poni Province


The network co-ordinates the activities of local disabled people’s associations in the Poni Province. It has two specific committees for women and children, and aims to create a regional union of COPAPH networks in the South West of Burkina.


Union des Groupements Féminins (UGF) / The Union of Women’s Groups


This network of 24 women’s groups covers the whole of the Sanguié province in the Central-West Region of Burkina Faso.  The network supports women in rural areas to be active participants in the economic and social development of the region.

Since 1991 UGF has been working to improve adult literacy (particularly amongst women) and provides vocational training to support members in setting up income-generating activities.  UGF also holds debates and workshops on topics such as promoting and protecting women’s and children’s rights, and health care issues ranging from hygiene, to awareness of HIV/AIDS, to fighting female genital mutilation.


Association Burkinabé pour la Promotion des Aveugles et Malvoyants (ABPAM) / The Burkina Faso Association for the Advancement of Blind and Visually-impaired People


The organisation’s aim is to help blind and visually-impaired people integrate into their communities as independent individuals.  To achieve this, ABPAM provides vocational and skills training in areas such as: market gardening; arts and crafts; finance and savings schemes.

They also provide specialised education at schools in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso. There is one special class for adults who have become blind later in life.


CEFISE / The Integrated Education and Training Centre for Deaf and Hearing People


CEFISE work to ensure that deaf and hearing-impaired children can secure their right to education. They provide specialist education for deaf and hearing-impaired children, but also ensure that deaf and non-deaf children get the opportunity to learn alongside each other and learn to communicate together.  CEFISE trains teachers in communicating with deaf children, meeting the educational needs of deaf children, and teaching mixed groups of children.
women involved with the organisation Djigui Espoir

Women involved with Djigui Espoir © International Service