Mar 28, 2019

Peace Event in Burkina Faso for World Water Day

Civic Clubs from 8 Schools Compete at Peace Event
Civic Clubs from 8 Schools Compete at Peace Event

On World Water Day last week, BARKA hosted a conference about peace and civic engagement for youth to counteract the growing terrorist influence that has been disrupting the country's security. In Burkina Faso, water has always been synonymous with peace. Water is the first thing brought to a stranger or visitor when they arrive. People in Burkina say 'No Water, No Life... No Water, No Peace'. 

Therefore, BARKA Foundation felt compelled to address this crisis of insecurity at the local level. We've partnered with the local government arm of the Ministry of Human Rights to focus on creating a "culture of peace" through civic education and engagement for youth and students. Terrorist groups are recruiting individuals at the local level, and this is a way to counteract the susceptibility of youngsters from joining their ranks. Through this event on World Water Day, we are creating resilience and building resistance to the developing threat of terrorism sweeping the nation.

The event was held right in front of the Peace Pole which BARKA implanted last year on World Water Day during The Water Fair (watch a 5-minute film about the Water Fair here).

There are also new water projects in development which are needed more than ever. BARKA is committed to ensuring that every school in Fada has clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene education. We are currently seeking funders for this ambitious, multi-year project.

Our WASH-in-Schools program led to the blosssoming of a Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) program which has recently entered a new phase and has already directly benefitted over 2500 girls at 7 schools. MHM is a powerful way to suport girls and women's empowerment and BARKA has established itself as a leader in this field within Burkina Faso. We will construct "MHM cabins" this Spring at Fada's 2 biggest high schools next to latrines to address a major lack of resources to properly address girls' menstrual needs. For more visit our Global Giving project page.

We'd love to hear from you. Let us know how you think we're doing.  If you're inspired, pass this report to your friends and social nets to share the love. Thank you so much for your longtime support, we could not do what we do without you!

Competition Judges from Ministry of Human Rights
Competition Judges from Ministry of Human Rights
Peace Pole in Place des Martyrs, Fada N'Gourma
Peace Pole in Place des Martyrs, Fada N'Gourma
Mar 8, 2019

Girl Fund Donations Matched Today on Women's Day

Girls feeling united and empowered through MHM
Girls feeling united and empowered through MHM

Happy Women's Day!

In honor of the International Day of Women (a day when men in Burkina Faso will go to the market, buy groceries and cook food for the family),

GLOBALGIVING WILL MATCH YOUR DONATION TO BARKA'S GIRL FUND CAMPAIGN

STARTING RIGHT NOW AND UNTIL MATCHING FUNDS ARE GONE!

Help us to end "period poverty" and replace it with menstrual equity in Burkina Faso, where most girls never know about their period until it occurs, and oftentimes it can mean the end of an education.

The 4 projects of the Girl Fund campaign with the highest number of donations from unique donors will win.

Donate just $10 today and help us be among the winners.

This project is receiving technical support from:

  • UNICEF
  • Wateraid
  • Burkina Faso government's Ministry of Women

Impact: To support and increase awareness of MHM for 5000 girls, boys, teachers and parents at Fada N'Gourma's largest high schools, and to construct MHM cabins to address girls' menstrual needs.

JUST RELEASED/NEVER BEFORE SEEN: Today we release a new 3-minute video that brings you into the classroom to see the girls you are directly affecting with your donation. This footage was shot just last week.

#MenstruationMatters

Barka!

Madame Bonkoungou leads a sensitization training
Madame Bonkoungou leads a sensitization training
Our Girls Receive Booklets Explaining Menstruation
Our Girls Receive Booklets Explaining Menstruation
Feb 28, 2019

A Period Should End a Sentence Not an Education

"Period. End of Sentence." wins Oscar for Best Doc
"Period. End of Sentence." wins Oscar for Best Doc

Dear Supporter of Women and Girls' Rights in Burkina Faso,

During the Oscars telecast this past Sunday, there was a great moment for girls and women around the planet when the director of the Oscar-winning documentary about menstruation said, "A period should end a sentence, not an education!"

In fact, the timing of this award couldn't be better, because today, February 28th @ 9am, begins GlobalGiving's Girl Fund Campaign. BARKA Foundation was one of the few organizations selected to participate in the 2019 Girl Fund Campaign, and we will use this amazing opportunity to raise financing for the next phase of our Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) program, which you helped to launch in 2017.

This new chapter of BARKA's MHM program officially began just last week. BARKA's 5 inspiring project leaders will sensitize 5000 people including girls, boys, teachers and parents at high schools in Fada N'Gourma. We are laying the groundwork to absolutely revolutionize the experience of menstruation for high school girls, making it possible to break the silence of this taboo subject, lifting the stigma associated with it, and providing resources at school such as MHM-adpated latrines in 2 schools this year to provide physical resources for girls to better manage their own menstrual hygiene.

THIS IS HOW WE CREATE EMPOWERMENT! THIS IS HOW WE ACHIEVE MENSTRUAL EQUITY!

YOU CAN JOIN US BY SUPPORTING THE 2019 GIRL FUND CAMPAIGN WITH A DONATION, NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL...

The top four projects with the most unique donors at the end of the campaign will earn a spot in the Girl Fund and receive support for the next full year!  We came really close to being one of the 4 winners in 2017 when our MHM project launched. This year, with your help, we know we can win!

We thank you for your support of girls and women's sexual health and rights in Burkina Faso.

Together we will make a difference!

Barka.

BARKA project leader explains the menstrual cycle
BARKA project leader explains the menstrual cycle
New Phase of MHM Project Begins- #GirlPower!!!
New Phase of MHM Project Begins- #GirlPower!!!
 
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