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.
May 9, 2012

Realization of Dreams

Water gushing from the well during drilling
Water gushing from the well during drilling

After years of preparation, the well drilling has finally started in Le Petite!  In less than a month, Esu and Ina were able to locate a spot, find a contractor, and begin drilling!  As of now, the drilling is complete and the concrete platform around the well is in the works.

Bempoua, a loyal friend of BARKA, said she holds us in her heart and gave us many blessings for long life and success to the endeavors of BARKA Foundation.  She told Ina and Esu that although her eyes may be big, they’re not wide enough to see all the new things BARKA is bringing to her and to the lives of villagers--things she had never understood before. The gulimanchema language she speaks is full of poetry like this, poetry that continues to inspire our work.

However, in addition to dealing with the water situtation in Tantiaka, Ina and Esu are also trying to improve the living condition of the women in the region in other ways.  During the meeting two years ago when the women asked BARKA Foundation for clean water, they also asked for a mill.  They live in an agrarian society, and in order to process the grain, they have to mill it by hand or take it to a machine far away.  Oftentimes, it is a day-long project.

According to the women, water is great, composting toilets are great too, but what they really need is a mill. 

While BARKA won’t be forgoing our sanitation initiative, we have a new goal for Le Petite.  We are trying to figure out a way to get these women a mill.

We at BARKA believe that one action cannot solve all the problems the people of Tantiaka face.  As such, while we are ecstatic about the new well (it feels good to deliver on a promise!), we know that our work is far from over.  We appreciate your continued support in all our endeavors.

"Barka" is a West African word of gratitude, blessing & reciprocity.

Bempoua symbolically washes her face in the water
Bempoua symbolically washes her face in the water


Jan 31, 2012

Preparing Our Return to Burkina to Implement the Project

Greetings and blessings for a happy, fulfilling new year.  The BARKA Foundation is on the move and one to watch in 2012.

Right now we're readying a return to Tantiaka to implement the water, sanitation & hygiene project and getting all the final details in place.  We actually expected to be in Burkina right now, however shortly before Christmas Ina broke her ankle.  She is recovering beautifully and as soon as she's able to walk, we'll be on a plane to Burkina Faso. 

So much is involved in preparing a trip like this.  It's safe to say we will return forever changed after living with the people of Tantiaka for 3-4 months and fulfilling our promise to them to address the community's water needs.  We're currently updating our vaccinations, purchasing necessary items such as hand pump water filters and working out travel arrangements.  Since BARKA is still searching for operational funds, it would be most appreciated if you would consider making a donation at this time to help cover some of these trip-related expenses which otherwise must be covered out-of-pocket.  Given the fact that we have not collected any salary for the past 5 years, your contributions are vital in ensuring the success of the project.   

We are thrilled about the huge step we're about to take and so grateful to have you on this journey with us.  We'll be in touch soon.

"Barka" is a West African word of gratitude, blessing & reciprocity.


Ina & Esu

Oct 17, 2011

Final-Stage Fundraising

The Race Begins...
The Race Begins...

Greetings and Happy Autumn,

We wanted to take this opportunity to provide a brief update from The BARKA Foundation:

  1. PUMPING UP THE VOLUME:  BARKA's co-founders were invited to give a presentation at "Sustaining the Blue Planet Conference" (see link 1 below) and UNICEF offered BARKA a stipend to attend the "Water & Health Conference" at UNC Chapel Hill.  Both conferences proved extremely worthwhile.
  2. DANCE, SING: Earlier this month BARKA teamed up with the critically acclaimed African electronica band Burkina Electric to host a series of events at Williams College, the #1 liberal arts college in the US (see link 2 below) including workshops, discussions and a concert. 
  3. WALK, RUN: High school students from John Bapst HS hosted the 1st Annual 5k "Peace, Water & Wisdom Walk/Race" in Bangor, MA.  See link 3 below for details and photos. 
  4. Right now, our exclusive focus is on securing the necessary project funds to implement the water project in the village of Tantiaka.  We can't return to Burkina until we have the necessary financing to ensure the project's success.  

Thank you for being a stakeholder in this project and for being invested in this project's success.  There's a terrific opportunity this week to further help us through leveraging your donation with a match by GlobalGiving. 

This Wednesday, October 19, at 12:01 am, Global Giving is holding their final Bonus Day of the year.

Thank you for your continued support and helping make sure that our next update comes from on the ground in Burkina.


Ina & Esu Anahata, Co-Founders and the entire volunteer staff of The BARKA Foundation

BARKA + Burkina Electric Workshop, Mt. Greylock HS
BARKA + Burkina Electric Workshop, Mt. Greylock HS
BurkinaStylin' @ Williams College Dance Dept
Student-organizers of the 5K Event
Student-organizers of the 5K Event
Maine Youth Walking for Water for Burkina
Maine Youth Walking for Water for Burkina


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