28 January, 2011
The Hunger Project (THP) is proud to announce that its work in Burkina Faso has once again been honoured for its extraordinary progress in combating rural hunger and poverty.

In 90-degree heat at the December ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ouagadougou, the THP staff turned out in full force to witness the awarding of the medal of “Chevalier de l’Ordre National” or “Knight of the National Order.” This medal carries great national importance, as it demonstrates THP’s ever-rising leadership among the country’s NGOs devoted to the service of rural populations. Previously awarded the country’s prestigious medal as the “Officier de l’Ordre National,” or “Officer of the National Order,” for THP-Burkina Faso’s commitment to empowering women and men in villages throughout the Sahelian nation, THP’s local staff were proud to see their laurels renewed.

Dr. Idrissa O. Dicko, who directed THP-Burkina Faso’s programmes for over ten years and now works in THP’s New York office as Vice President of Africa Programmes, was on hand to accept the medal from the President himself, His Excellency Blaise Compaoré.

President of Burkina Faso meets Idrissa DickoDr. Dicko stated: “I am incredibly proud that, for the second time, the government of Burkina Faso has chosen to honour the conclusive results that THP’s work provides. However, much work remains to be done, and we believe that rather than receive another medal, we would like to see the government of Burkina Faso adopt the Epicentre Strategy once and for all.”

At The Hunger Project UK we are very proud of our colleagues and congratulate them on this great achievement. > Learn more about our work in Burkina Faso.