Mahama Samir Bandaogo, PhD

Mahama Samir Bandaogo, PhD
Samir was born and raised in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso and moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 to attend the University of Oregon for his undergraduate studies. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Washington and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University. He conducts research within the fields of International and Monetary Economics, though his research questions have heavy economic growth and economic development themes. Some of the topics he has studied include informality, optimal fiscal and monetary policy, sudden stops, economic growth, exchange rate volatility, labor mobility and currency unions.
Samir strongly believes in the power of education to increase prosperity and reduce poverty. He enjoys dancing, cooking and exercising.

Annick Olivia Bado, RN, BSN

Annick Olivia Bado, RN, BSN
 Annick moved from Burkina Faso to the U.S in 2007 to go to College. She earned a Bachelor degree in nursing with the University of Washington, Tacoma. Annick specializes in Oncology nursing and is passionate about providing care to cancer patients. Annick is currently working with the university of Washington in their oncology and bone marrow transplant department. During her nursing program Annick was introduced to the socio determinants of health and she since then developed a strong interest in working with impoverished populations. Annick believes in equal access to healthcare and education for everyone. She frequently visits her home country Burkina Faso and is eager to move back someday to contribute to the changes she wants to see in her country. until that day comes, she is determined to participate in raising awareness to the social issues in Burkina Faso and in Africa in general.
Annick loves trying new foods, outdoor activities, great time with friends, art and music.

Bénédicte Bicaba

Bénédicte Bicaba

A native Burkinabè, Bénédicte Bicaba attended and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Anthropology/Global Health and French. During her college career, she was in leadership roles scholastically and athletically. Following her passion for athletics she ran sprints for the University of Washington while serving as the Treasurer for Sisterhood, an organization aimed at create a safe space for all women on campus.

She believes that humans are good but become distracted by consumerism and individuality. She strives to encourage others to actively engage with the global community in which we live. Bénédicte plans to return to the University of Washington to pursue a PhD from the Evans School of Public Affairs and Governance.

She currently works with the Uber Operations team in Seattle and on her days off she enjoys hiking and camping around the Pacific Northwest.

Kofi-Sarfo Kantanka, MD

Kofi-Sarfo Kantanka, MD

Kofi was born and raised in Kumasi, Ghana and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004 to finish high school and attend the University of Oregon for his undergraduate studies in Biology. He is an MD candidate at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He has served as a Visiting Scientist and Visiting Medical Student at Oregon Health and Sciences University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he conducted various types of researches on cancer.

His recent work, which focused on ovarian cancer therapeutics was published in the Journal of Gynecologic Oncology. Kofi is an aspiring oncologist, currently applying for residency. Kofi is a firm believer in education and easy access to basic healthcare services for the underserved. He enjoys charcoal drawing, table tennis, dancing, soccer and hiking.

Our Partners

Alkebu Style is a conscious clothing social enterprise supplying bright, colorful, slim-fitted dress shirts and accessories. Alkebu Style donates part of their revenue ($5/shirt and $1/pocket square) to Botiminto. By buying an item from them you will be supporting our efforts. The enterprise was started with the intention to increase economic opportunities (income) for the skilled tailors involved by giving them access to an international customer base. The tailors are all based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Their shop can found here.

Latest News

From October 2017 to late January 2018, the academic schedule was disrupted by strikes and riots around the nation.  Botiminto was not able to conduct our Annual Bootcamp with the students of Zigla. Although disappointing, we are grateful and encouraged by the fact that the government is taking action towards improving the conditions of the educational system in Burkina faso. The 2018 National Exams have been administered and graded, the results are now in!

Zigla School A passing rate in 2017 was 95%. This year, despite the political unrest in the region 49 out of 57 (85%) students passed their exams and will be continuing their educational journey. Despite the setbacks, School A was able to rise and beat the odds. Zigla School B unfortunately was hard hit by the turmoil and finished the school year with a passing rate of 38.7%  compared to 87% from the previous year.

 

About Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country situated in West Africa. Burkina Faso means The of the Upright People. Recent census estimates the country's population to be around 18 millions. More detailed information may be found here and here.

 

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