BARKA Foundation

The BARKA Foundation's mission is to serve as a catalyst for achieving the MDGs in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Our methodology is community-led, grassroots and combines indigenous and modern technologies to develop a set of best practices in areas of clean water accessibility, sanitation, irrigation, sustainable agriculture, women's empowerment, education, healthcare, and renewable energy. BARKA's work is ultimately about co-creating a culture of peace.

Dirty water causes swollen bellies from parasites.

Dirty water causes swollen bellies from parasites.
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Little girl exhausted and asleep on a jerry can.

Little girl exhausted and asleep on a jerry can.
This photo illustrates the hardship of expending so much energy every day to carry water to one's family. (view small | med | large | orig)

Women waiting for water, a daily ritual.

Women waiting for water, a daily ritual.
In a neighboring village, women gather early to fill their jerry cans full of water from a borehole well. (view small | med | large | orig)

Jerry cans used for water storage and portage.

Jerry cans used for water storage and portage.
These plastic jugs are used for years and are seldom if ever cleaned or disinfected. With frequent temperatures above 100 degrees F, these containers become breeding grounds for germs and disease. (view small | med | large | orig)

No age is too young for carrying water.

No age is too young for carrying water.
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