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About dbgiacobbi

I am a volunteer with Engineers Without Borders Canada, spending 10 months in Burkina Faso. I work with an agricultural college (Centre Agricole Polyvalent de Matourkou) and a rural development engineering school (l'Institut du Développement Rural). My idea of development is helping people in Burkina Faso Achieve their potential follow their own vision for themselves, for their school and for their country.

A child’s laughter

Hey everyone, Today’s entry results from another Put-me-to-work-for-a-day challenge. One of Mark Abbott’s four challenges was to make a child laugh. Though I tend to make children laugh just by being (apparently) odd, I thought I’d take the chance offered … Continue reading

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La vie en famille

Hey everyone, Here are the results of a challenge (Put-me-to-work-for-a-day-in-Burkina) from Isabelle, who asked me to describe to her what it was like to live a day in the life of a Burkinabe family. Here are two: _________________________________________________ Les premiers mouvements … Continue reading

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Redeparture

The captain slowly taxies our plane around the runway to the designated location; we’ve been going around for a little while now. It’s a good time to reflect but I’d rather let my mind go numb just now – my … Continue reading

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-30 in Burkina

Could it really be that cold in Burkina Faso? I’ll let the pictures tell the story:   Today was the first day that I was put to work! Ali’s challenge was for me to pretend — before I get too homesick … Continue reading

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Video – Intro to my placement

Hello! This is my first attempt at a video post so hopefully I’ve done everything right. The video is a short bilingual introduction to my 6-month placement with Engineers Without Borders Canada in Burkina Faso, which will focus on developing … Continue reading

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Put me to work for a day in Burkina

Dear friends, family, colleagues and supporters, Thank you all for your tremendous support during the first four months of my placement in Burkina Faso. The time I spent there has convinced me of both the potential of its people and … Continue reading

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Welcome home!

Hey everyone, I’m back home and re-adapting to the sight of snow, the feel of sub-zero temperatures, eating cheese, taking hot showers and most of all, reconnecting with my friends and family. I miss both the work I was doing … Continue reading

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Politique

« Blaise Compaoré, c’est la promesse d’un Burkina Faso émergent. » (Slogan de campagne présidentielle de Blaise Compaoré, répété partout et par tous dans les journaux et à la télévision.) « Est-ce que les gens savent même ce que signifie émergent ? S’ils le … Continue reading

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Final questions from Ms Paquette’s 1st-Graders – Everything!

Hi everyone! This week is the last installment of my exchanges with Ms Paquette’s 1st-Graders (I am coming home next week, after all.) This week, the students asked about anything they wanted to. They really went all over the map, … Continue reading

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Answering Ms Paquette’s 1st-Graders: Clothes in Africa

Hi everyone, sorry I didn’t post a blog entry during the week like I said I would try to do. With only two weeks left, there is a lot to do, and I’m behind on a lot of my things. … Continue reading

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