The small village of Tantiaka, known to locals as "La Petite" has a population of about 500 people. The villagers are the poorest of the poor, lacking even the basic necessities for survival. Most villagers drink filthy water, there are no sanitation facilities at all, and farmers are trapped in a cycle of chronic food insecurity. Infant mortality rate is high as is maternal mortality. Many people die from preventable diseases. Women are seeking empowerment however do not have the means.
BARKA has created a partnership with La Petite. This project addresses water, sanitation, hygiene to reduce disease, and irrigation and re-forestation to address malnutrition and hunger. This is the first phase of a multi-year project with La Petite.
Through access to clean water, girls can attend school and women can create sustainable businesses. Improved sanitation reduces disease. Irrigation fights food insecurity and malnutrition. This project will enable sustainability and empowerment.
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