About Wisdom Spring

Wisdom Spring, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which uplifts, honors and preserves the wisdom of indigenous cultures through programs of education, travel, cultural, community and scientific exchange.

We aim to implement new ideas, to support the dreams of young people and to help form healthy communities around the world.

Since its inception, Wisdom Spring has been working diligently to provide various villages in West Africa with drinking water and resources for education through various youth-organized programs including Art for Africa and Walking for Water.

We are proud to announce our newest youth program, Healing Hands, whose mission is to supply vital medical supplies and services necessary to sustain life.

 

You Can Make a Difference!

Wisdom Spring's fundraisers have raised over $260,000 to assist the people of Burkina Faso and build wells that provide clean sustainable sources of water. Today, with the support of generous people like you, we have put in 24 wells and educated 1,500 kids!

Upcoming 2014 Fundraiser Events

We'd love to have your support with the following upcoming Fundraiser Walks organized by your local teens...

Photos from Burkina Faso

Life & Education in Burkina Faso

Think about this...

  • We use 25 gallons of water to take a bath but everyday Dagara women walk miles carrying approx. 25 gallons of water on their head for the tribe. Children start carrying water at age 3.
  • UNICEF reports that 99% of children in the USA attend school but estimates that 27% of children attend school in Burkina Faso.
  • The World Health Organization estimates that 16 per 1000 children in the USA will die before age 5.
  • The WHO estimates that 449 per 1000 children in Burkina Faso will die before the age of 5.

Currently in Africa, the rate of education is very low and Burkina Faso is among the lowest, with only about 25% of its people receiving any formal education. This is even less so in remote villages where the rate is often 2-3%. In theory, education is free in Burkina. But in fact, even the public schools require a parental contribution to enroll each child, and this, along with the cost of books and other school needs, is more than many families can afford.

Once enrolled, there are many obstacles to succeeding in school. Some children are many miles from the nearest school, and have to walk. The school dues must be paid regularly. When food is scarce, it is hard to concentrate on the lessons with an empty stomach. Classrooms are often quite overcrowded (sometimes first grade has over 100 students with only one teacher). Finally, the quality of teachers and administrators often suffers, particularly in rural areas.

Also, from first grade to 13th (Burkina has 13 grades, not 12) a student who is lucky enough to attend school will have to pass three (3) required tests, at the end of 6th, 10th and 13th grade. Each student is required to pass these three tests to continue. If they fail, they can only repeat the test one more time at the end of the following school year. But if they fail again, then they are out, with no further access to education. These tests systems, along with the lack of financial means and lack of schools in some areas, have left many children with few options and little hope.

With a relatively small amount of money by Western standards you can make a tremendous difference, bringing education to many. Wisdom Spring, Inc. has done a tremendous job of engaging motivated families and children into this successful program.

» May 10th — Join us for "Walking for Water" in Leesburg VA