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Located about an hour and a half to the west of Bobo-Dioulasso (look to the north of Orodara on the map), Djigouera is a small village with its only school a primary school. As of 2002, Peace Corps has a health volunteer there, working with the local health center. The area around Orodara is famous for mangoes. During the height of mango season, they are piled everywhere waiting for trucks, and you can buy a beautiful sweet mango for the equivalent of a couple of pennies. (See also the page of other photos of Burkina Faso for a picture of a mango tree).

Just prior to the summer training of new volunteers in 2001, the Burkinabč and American training staff visited Yiaway, Djigouera's health volunteer. Yiaway is fluent in Jula, the local language, as is necessary for health volunteers in rural areas. The visiting staff had a great day learning more about a health volunteer's life, and they saw a well-integrated volunteer immensely respected and integrated into his community. You can also view a picture of Yiaway's house.



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The village of Bondukuy

Summer 2001



<Yiaway with the chef (king) of the village.

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Women return from a day of picking mangoes. 


This huge tree is a "fromage" tree 
(this is not the normal use of fromage in French, meaning cheese).



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