Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso

by BARKA Foundation Vetted since 2010


BARKA Foundation is helping the poorest of the poor to secure their human birthright of clean drinking water and improved sanitation in one of the driest, harshest climates in the world- the eastern region of Burkina Faso. With the help of individual donors like you, we have dramatically changed the lives of more than 21,000 rural villagers deep in the African bush where people walk up to 7km to fetch water. "Barka" is a West African word of gratitude, blessing and reciprocity. Join us! Barka!!

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In the small rural villages of Burkina Faso, villagers lack even the basic necessities for survival. Most villagers have no choice but to drink filthy water, 97% of the population practices open defecation (there are no sanitation facilities at all), and subsistence farmers are trapped in a cycle of chronic food insecurity. Infant mortality and maternal mortality rates are among the highest on the planet. Many people die from preventable diseases. Together, we can help them to build resilience.


BARKA has created a partnership with 9 local villages. This project addresses water, sanitation, hygiene education to reduce disease. It also has a sustainable agriculture component to help combat the disastrous effects of climate change through irrigation and re-forestation which address malnutrition and hunger. This is a long-term project that is about creating sustainability and helping people to help themselves by providing life's most basic and elemental necessities to live fully. Join us.

Long-Term Impact

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. It will increase the resilience of thousands of poor rural farmers, providing them with a chance to thrive, not just survive.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information

BARKA Foundation

Location: Burlington, ME - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Esu Anahata
Founder of BARKA foundation
Burlington, ME United States
$34,940 raised of $49,000 goal
489 donations
$14,060 to go
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