I am Peace SARAMBE and I have been working with BARKA Foundation since the beginning of the organization. I live in FADA N'Gourma in the eastern region of Burkina Faso.
Moving forward I will be the person reporting on our different projects here on GlobalGiving. In fact, after a new needs assessment about our 20 well water project, there has been a major change that I am excited to tell you about.
There are thousands of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) who settled in Fada because of the insecurity crisis going on in the country. The local water department authority suggested a change to the project, so as to better serve these populations.They intoduced us to a new water distribution system called an AEPS (simplified clean water connection). An AEPS includes a water tower which is filled by a solar pump and can serve up to ten thousand people. This will make it much more efficient to serve many more people.
We are currently developing this project and hope to begin implementation before the end the year with our rotary partners. We are excited about this change and we will keep you posted on our progress.
We take this auspicious occasion to provide an update about BARKA's 20-well project in the eastern region of Burkina Faso:
We recently met with our lead Rotary partner, the Marblehead Rotary Club, to confirm their intention to successfully raise the necessary funds this year.
BARKA has agreed to update the needs assessment on the ground and to determine the areas of greatest need in the commune of Fada in order to know where the 20 wells will be drilled.
Because of increased insecurity and terrorism in the eastern region, Fada N'Gourma is now overrun with more than 40,000 internally displaced persons. Fada's water and sanitation infrastructure was inadequate beforehand and has now reached crisis levels.
Your support is needed to send a message that the need is urgent and to begin the fundraising process so that these wells can be drilled as soon as possible.
Recently BARKA received assurance that Rotary Club of Marblehead, a longstanding Massachusetts-based development partner, has committed to funding in 2023.
Rotary of Marblehead's latest commitment will fund logistics and implementation costs associated with drilling and building wells in the communities of Fada N'Gourma, capital of Burkina Faso's eastern region.
There continues to be a dire need for clean water particularly in the eastern region, where a large influx of internally displaced persons - moving to Fada because of security concerns in rural areas - has added enormous stress on a water management system that was already insufficient to meet the population’s needs.
Rotary's funding is anticipated by June 2023. Until then, BARKA staffers are engaged in planning and coordination of the additional components of the project. We do this by applying our experience leading two previously successful Rotary implementations that benefitted more than 20,000 people. These activities include:
formation of village-based water & sanitation committees to manage and maintain the wells
hygiene education for the community
post-project monitoring and evaluation
We depend on our GlobalGiving donors to support BARKA's community-based efforts for adoption. We are committted to promoting sustainable solutions that respect the cultural context of local communities.
Thank you for your interest in the 20 Wells Project.
As you know, BARKA has been developing a water access project to address the needs of 20,000 internally displaced persons in the Eastern Region. The Marblehead Rotary Club and Sedro-Woolley Rotary Club are co-leading the fundraising effort. Our Rotary leads recently sent our project proposal to WASRAG, Rotary's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Action Group. WASRAG provided helpful comments and feedback, which we have now integrated. Our next step is to begin collecting funding from local Rotary clubs. We hope to have this project funded by the end of this year.
If you are a Rotarian or have contacts with a Rotary club in your local area, please let us know as we would love to work together to finance this project. Thank you!
Just a quick update to say we're continuing to raise funds to implement BARKA's largest water project to date.
The new project will drill 20 wells in the commune of Fada to address a growing humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of internally displaced people due to growing insecurity and terrorism in the region.
This project is being partnered with the Rotary, both local clubs (leaders include Marblehead Rotary Club and Sedro-Woolley Rotary Club) as well as Rotary International.
We are also trying to raise additional funds for the operational costs which Rotary does not cover in their financing. Therefore, we need your help now to turn this dream into a reality.
Please consider making a donation for clean water in Burkina Faso today.
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