Sep 16, 2020

Get Ready to Make Herstory in Burkina Faso

BARKA's MHM Project Leaders Receive Menstrual Cups
BARKA's MHM Project Leaders Receive Menstrual Cups

Dear Supporter of Girls and Women in Burkina Faso,

BARKA's efforts in recent months have been focused on helping our communities to combat COVID-19 and to provide life-saving assistance to internally displaced persons (Burkina's IDP crisis is now the worst in the world with over 1M people being forced to flee their homes due to terrorism and insecurity). See the links below for details.

At the same time, we have been quietly and dilgently at work developing a new project that we've mentioned here before- to introduce menstrual cups to girls and women for the first time in Burkina Faso's history. That dream is now closer to reality than ever before. We have been applying for grants to fund this project and will have good news to share with you soon.

Also, in June, three of BARKA's Menstrual Hygiene Project Leaders attended a workshop on menstrual cups and received one for the first time so that they can use it themselves and become familiar enough with it to eventually train others. BARKA has also partnered with an exciting, young social enterprise Menstru'elles, based in Ouagadougou. Together we created a film about the importance of cups for women in Burkina Faso. You'll find a link to it below.

In the meantime, you can participate in the fundraising efforts for this new initiative: GlobalGiving is offering a wonderful way to help support this project today through Friday in its LittlexLittle campaign. Right now, and until midnight on Friday, 9/18, GlobalGiving will make a 50% match for ALL donations up to $50. You give $50, and GlovalGiving will put in $25.

Every menstrual cup will make a difference, and every donation will help us to reach our ambitious goals.

Thank you for being part of the BARKA family that is having such an outsized impact in Burkina Faso. Together, we are changing the world.

Workshop with cup partner Menstru'elles
Workshop with cup partner Menstru'elles

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May 28, 2020

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020: It's Time For Action

BARKA's MHM Project Leaders prepare for MHDAY2020
BARKA's MHM Project Leaders prepare for MHDAY2020

May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day, a day when individuals and organizations all over the world join hands to end period poverty and the stigmatization around menstruation. Maybe due to the COVID-19 pandemic and everyone being home and on the internet, this year's virtual celebration is really reaching critical mass. One of the many slogans around this year's campaign is: Periods Don't Stop For Pandemics, and Neither Do We! #PeriodsInPandemics

The global theme for MH Day 2020 is "It's Time For Action", and that's exactly what we're seeing in Burkina Faso. This is the 4th year that the day has been celebrated in Burkina Faso, and BARKA has been one of the organizations to plan and finance this national observance for all 4 years. This week BARKA and its NGO partners reached a major milestone when the Minister of Education said this issue was on his government's radar as a top priority in new educational curriculum being developed. In just 4 short years, we've taken this from an issue no one would talk about to becoming a priority for the Ministry of Education!

Also on May 28, BARKA's MHM Project Leaders will be on the radio to sensitize people throughout the eastern region of Burkina on this important topic and to continue to beak the silence around the taboo of menstruation.

We could never have achieved so much so quickly without your support of this project. We can't thank you enough for your vision, your generous financial support and your empathy for the situation girls and women face every day in Burkina Faso. Thank you, barka. Together we can end #PeriodPoverty.

Bracelets symbolize the 5 period days per month
Bracelets symbolize the 5 period days per month
National observance of MH Day in Burkina Faso
National observance of MH Day in Burkina Faso

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May 8, 2020

A Coronavirus Giving Tuesday

BARKA staffer delivers soap and sensitization
BARKA staffer delivers soap and sensitization

Dear Friend,

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Burkina Faso is experiencing a perfect storm.

Burkina was having a full blown humanitarian crisis even before the start of COVID-19, which it is exceptionally ill-equipped to handle. Almost 1 million people are already internally displaced due to insecurity and being forced to leave their homes, more than 2000 schools and more than 300 health clinics were forced to close by terrorists, much of the nation was already in a state of emergency and under curfew. Well, the rest of the world quickly caught up as we now all face eerily similar conditions.

The lockdown and economic collapse caused by COVID19 hit nonprofits very hard. We'd like to thank all those who have been thinking of BARKA and the Burkinabe we serve and made donations in recent weeks. It touches our hearts. In honor of this unprecedented crisis, the NGO community quickly reacted to take the unprecedented step of creating a Giving Tuesday in May to remind everyone that the organizations doing life saving work around the world also need support.

It's difficult to ask you to support our work at a time like this. We understand too well that everyone has been adversely financially affected, that you may be experiencing grief at the loss of a loved one... this is not a time when BARKA Foundation would normally ask for financial support. We almost did not participate Giving Tuesday on May 5th. However we realized that reaching out now presents an important opportunity to inform you of what's happening on the ground in Burkina right now. It also offers a way for you to be more involved, to be a partner in this work, to share in its successes and to help ensure its continuity.

Right now, BARKA is doing all it can to ensure the health and safety of thousands of people. We have shifted our focus to combat the coronavirus by delivering hand washing sensitization and liquid soap to 3000 people, while supporting a local women's organization which produced the soap. If we raise more funds, we can reach more people. 100% of funds raised today will go toward this action.

Even though Giving Tuesday has passed, please consider making a donation today to help some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. BARKA serves as a conduit between you and the people of Burkina. In that spirit of reciprocity, we want to thank you for your financial support which makes our ability to support Burkinabè possible. We can't thank you enough. All we can do is say the biggest thank you we know how to say... barka.

Liquid soap ready for distribution
Liquid soap ready for distribution

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