• 12/2012 Foundation of the association “Hilfe für Burkina Faso e. V.”

  • 12/2013 Entry in the register of associations Memmingen

  • 05/2014 Completion of the first realized project: construction of six deep wells in Gofila; start of the pilot project “Market Garden” in Gofila

  • 08/2015 Completion of the first construction phase of the primary school in Gofila

  • 01/2016 Extension of the “Market Garden” project

  • 08/2016 Completion of the second phase of the primary school in Gofila

  • 10/2016 Visit by the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller

  • 12/2017 Completion of the first modern school centre in northern Burkina Faso

  • 06/2019 Completion of a primary school, a college & construction of four deep wells in the Bossouma region

  • 06/2020 Extension of the school centre in Gofila by building eight teacher’s houses with electricity connection

  • 12/2020 Completion of the health care centre in Nessemtenga with solar energy supply


The association is legally, organisationally and financially independent. We exclusively pursue charitable purposes, all members and board members are volunteers.

  • Horst Walz (1st executive committee)
  • Dr. Hans Reichhart, MdL (2nd Management Board)
  • Fabian Walz (1st cash auditor)
  • Ursula Walz (2nd cash auditor)
  • Leonhard Krumm (Cashier)
  • Sara Winkler (Secretary)
  • Annette Ruess (Assessor)
  • Hans Reichhart (Assesor)
  • Vladimira Trojan (Assessor)
  • Ernst Klimmer (Assessor)
  • Torsten Strehle (Assesor)



The village of Gofila is located about 20 km from the provincial town of Kaya and could have already looked like this 1,000 years ago. There are about 6,000 inhabitants living there, spread over six settlements. About 60% of the inhabitants are under 16 years old. Gofila is located in the southern foothills of the Sahel and has three months of rainy season and nine months of drought. Through Father Emanuel, the contact to Burkina Faso was established. He lived in Germany for several years, some of them in Jettingen-Scheppach. Emanuel and his family come from the village of Gofila. He now works as director of the Catholic school system of the diocese of Kaya and is responsible for 30 schools in this region.


  • About 21 million people live in Burkina Faso (BF), the capital is called Ouagadougou, where about 2.45 million people live.

  • BF is ranked 182 out of 189 in the human development index.

  • The population growth per year is 2.8%.

  • The average life expectancy is 61.5 years.

  • The rainy season sometimes lasts less than 2 months and in many years it even fails to appear at all.

  • Almost half of the inhabitants are under 20 years old.

  • The illiteracy rate in rural areas is over 71%.

  • The average number of children that a woman gives birth to during her childbearing years is 5.2 in BF.

  • 88 out of 1,000 children die before their 5th birthday.

  • There are 0.06 doctors for every 1,000 inhabitants.

  • For 10,000 inhabitants there are 4 hospital beds available.

  • Well over 40% of the inhabitants live below the absolute poverty line.

  • Sources: destatis.de, Federal Foreign Office, BMZ, human development index