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.
Nov 28, 2014

Taking Things to the Next Level

The Lampiadi Water Committee
The Lampiadi Water Committee

Dear all of you remarkable supporters of BARKA,

 

Thanks to your dedication and passion for bringing clean water to the people of Burkina Faso, The BARKA Foundation is the strongest it has ever been since its founding. Every day, BARKA has been reaching new milestones.  Ina and Esu are currently on the ground in Burkina Faso and asked me to update you on the latest news.  My name is Kim Abuelhaj, a BARKA volunteer based in NYC, working on social media and philanthropy development.  For 3 years I served a US Peace Corps Volunteer based in Fada N’Gourma—the capitol of the Eastern Region where BARKA’s Burkina HQ is based. 

 

We would first like to thank Rotary International, which has approved a $100,000 grant to deliver clean drinking water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education for the community and schools of five villages in the commune of Fada. Not only is this BARKA’s largest grant to date, but such generosity just proves how we are in this together and that one day, those communities of Burkina Faso will have a better life.

 

Subsequently, when USAID’s WASH program in West Africa heard news of such a grant, they were inspired to match the $100,000 gift in order to expand BARKA’s impact. Not only will this kind of assistance provide BARKA with essential technical assistance to increase our work’s efficiency and effectiveness, but it also symbolizes the name BARKA has created in Burkina Faso.  That would never have been possible without supporters like you!

 

In other news, Cirque de Soleil has an NGO called One Drop Foundation, which focuses on Water & Sanitation projects. Their work is similar to that of BARKA’s as they too focus on water, sanitation and hygiene, and also use theatre and cultural arts to get their hygiene messages across. One Drop will be working with BARKA to bring our theatrical presentations to new heights.

 

Last but not least, your support has allowed BARKA to finally hire three full-time staffers in Burkina Faso. This is such big news as BARKA has been entirely all-volunteer since it began in 2006!  Find out who they are and what they do below!  They will give us the capacity to branch out to new communities and further develop our water and sanitation projects.

 

And get this—BARKA needs just $421 to go from being a Global Giving “Leader” organization to a “Superstar”, the highest ranking an organization can receive on the GG website.  Help us make it happen with a donation today.  Again, thank all of you for your generous support. We are so grateful to have you on our side to bring clean water to the people of Burkina Faso. Your steadfast commitment will help us win the fight against dirty water and poor hygiene and sanitation.

 

As always,

                                                            

BARKA!!!

 

Kim, Ina and Esu and the BARKA team

"Look, Mom! Clean hands!"
"Look, Mom! Clean hands!"
Pauline Ducreux - Country Coordinator
Pauline Ducreux - Country Coordinator
Peace Sarambe - Director of Communications
Peace Sarambe - Director of Communications
Idrissa Yoni - Facilitator / Animator
Idrissa Yoni - Facilitator / Animator
Kim Abuelhaj - Volunteer
Kim Abuelhaj - Volunteer
Aug 20, 2014

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene for 30,000 People

Pauline
Pauline

Dear BARKA Supporters,

BARKA has been hard at work these last few months preparing for its most ambitious project to date: to provide water, sanitation and hygiene for 5 villages which will benefit the lives of 30,000 people.  Project partners include The Rotary Foundation, USAID, Winrock International, and One Drop Foundation.

This project is a testament to BARKA's increasing maturity as an organization, and its growing reputation within Burkina Faso as an outfit that does things right. Through technical assistance provided by Winrock and USAID, we will be working at an even deeper and more comprehensive level to create sustainable and transformative change for villagers through the provision of water.  BARKA staffers are being trained on a technique known as "water accounting" which takes an entire village's water needs into account, plots all village water points through GPS coordinates and analyzes the optimal way to balance out water needs for drinking, for agriculture/livelihood, and for animals.

We're also very excited about working with One Drop.  This is the water NGO formed by Guy Laliberte, the founder of Cirque du Soleil. Like BARKA, One Drop uses theatre and the cultural arts to get across vital messages of basic hygiene and the need for hand washing.  One Drop will be training the theatre troupe BARKA already works with, and helping us to reach more people with performances that will be supported by lights, costumes, set design and other spectacular production values.

To help make all this possible, we're hiring our first fulltime employee on September 1st to help coordinate the project and would like to introduce you (see photo below). Her name is Pauline Ducreux, she is from France and recently graduated from BioForce, one of the world's leading schools focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene.  Pauline worked with BARKA in Tantiaka and Lampiadi previously and has proven herself as a tremendous asset to the BARKA team on the ground.

We look forward to keeping you abreast of our progress and will be back in touch again before we leave for Burkina Faso.

Thank you for your continued support, understanding and solidarity.  We couldn't do this without you!

Ina & Esu

Hygiene Through Theatre
Hygiene Through Theatre
Apr 29, 2014

Lampiadi Has Clean Water!

The well driller arrives in Lampiadi!
The well driller arrives in Lampiadi!

Greetings to all supporters of clean water in Burkina Faso!

The BARKA Foundation has phenomenal news to share: the village of Lampiadi has a new well and clean water for all the community to share!

With your support and funding made possibly by the Rotary Foundation, combined with BARKA's hard work on the ground and the community’s enthusiasm and leadership, The BARKA Foundation was able to facilitate the drilling of a well and installment of a pump for the village. The people of Lampiadi organized two groups: a water and sanitation committee which underwent six months of training by BARKA's local staffers to understand how to maintain the well and to organize finances. This committee chose a group of "hygienists" who received a two-month BARKA training in hygiene education to be the permanent change agents to teach other community members. The pump pushes 2,000L of water per hour, sustaining the village and bringing them a need that is a basic human right.

After the well was completed, BARKA and the village of Lampiadi organized an inauguration not only to celebrate the first time their village has seen clean water, but also to show their gratitude to everyone in the United States and in Burkina Faso who helped make this dream a reality.

Simultaneously, the village of Tantiaka (only 12 km away from Lampiadi) has been stepping up its game in building the capacity of their water and sanitation resources. After seeing Lampiadi’s successes, they are even more motivated than before in working hard and mobilizing action in improving hygiene throughout the community. Again, thanks to your support, the committee leaders in Tantiaka will be able to reinforce hygiene education in the community and add a Menstrual Hygiene Management component to ensure that girls not only stay in school, but also receive the necessary support to address this often neglected and taboo issue.

The villages of Lampiadi and Tantiaka are an example to all developing communities. They are continuing to take charge of their future and are working hard in providing additional training to the local water and sanitation committees in each village. As they know how to collect funds from each villager to save money for future repairs for the well, the population is taking full ownership of all project activities and building their capacities to manage them successfully.

None of this would be possible without your much needed support. We are blessed to have you on our team. Thank you Rotary International, Marblehead Rotary, and Swampscott Rotary. We are back in the States to continue working hard in mobilizing a change in Burkina to bring clean water to the rest of the population.

Barka!

After drilling 120 feet, a gusher is found!
After drilling 120 feet, a gusher is found!
Female Griot and village chief at the Inauguration
Female Griot and village chief at the Inauguration
A theatre performance reinforces hygiene education
A theatre performance reinforces hygiene education
Ina & Esu gifted traditional cloth and a goat
Ina & Esu gifted traditional cloth and a goat
The first drops of clean water for Lampiadi!
The first drops of clean water for Lampiadi!

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