Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso

by BARKA Foundation
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso
Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso

Hello Water Advocate,

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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Happy New Year from the BARKA team!

We are excited to share an update on our work providing clean water in rural Burkina Faso. We are on track to fund a major 20 well project in Fada N'Gourma this year. This project could not come at a more important time— the violence in Burkina Faso has created tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who need clean water. This water crisis is worst in Fada N'Gourma, and that is why we chose Fada as the site for twenty new wells.

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Rotary Foundation and the local Marblehead Rotary Club in Massachusetts on this project. The proposal for this project, which has been a long time in the making, was recently sent to the chair of the Rotary World Water Summit for feedback. With the finalization of our project template, the fundraising process among local rotary clubs worldwide can begin. We are so excited about this project because of the difference it will make in thousands of people's lives.

We are grateful for the Rotary Foundation's help. They are an amazing partner for such an important project as this one. There is also an important way for you to be involved: Rotary does not cover operational costs. That means we need your help to get this urgent project completely funded as soon as possible Your donation will help cover the costs of implementation that Rotary's budget does not allow. Please consider donating today. This project will benefit more than 20,000 internally displaced people, and they desperately need your help at this time. To learn more, click here to see the Rotary project page that will be used to collect funds from other rotary clubs worldwide. If you happen to be a rotarian, or know a local rotary club in your area, consider letting them know about this project, or contact us directly. The more, the merrier! Barka!!

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Bikes for students who had to walk miles each day
Bikes for students who had to walk miles each day

In this quarterly report, we want to show you the impact our initiative with Wyoming Seminary School had on the middle and high schools of Namoungou in Burkina Faso.

Results:

  • Provided home water services for the last 3 months of school for all 600 students who had no water in their homes and no funds to pay for water
  • Established free school lunch program for last two months of school for all students who were having to travel miles to return home every day to prepare lunch for themselves before returning to school for afternoon classes
  • Distributed 60 bicycles to students who were walking 3.5 miles to and from school two times a day
  • Created a penpal exchange of letters written in English by Burkinabe French between 200 students

We are already in discussion with SEM and the Namoungou schools to determine what we can do together this coming school year. We'll keep you posted.

In separate but related water news, we met with our rotarian partner, Crystal Rotary Club in Ouagadougou to discuss the 20-well project we are currently raising funds for. The project is now officially listed on the Rotary Foundation website and the needs assessment and indicators for success and sustainability are complete!

Thank you for your support of our work in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector.

We can't do this without you!

Barka!

Students eat lunch for free at their new canteen
Students eat lunch for free at their new canteen
BARKA Co-Founder joins Rotary meeting in Ouaga
BARKA Co-Founder joins Rotary meeting in Ouaga
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Namoungou School
Namoungou School

Greetings and happy Spring!

On March 22nd, World Water Day, BARKA Foundation began a 5-week educational reciprocity program with Wyoming Seminary (Sem), a private college prep school in PA which culminated last month on Earth Day.

Students and faculty were incredibly moved by the dire situation of the Namougou High School and Middle School which has been displaced to Fada (45 km from Namoungou). Over 400 students were living in extreme poverty, biking or walking over 5 miles to school, with little water and food, and living without any parental supervision (their parents are still in Namoungou while students have moved to Fada to continue their education).

BARKA created two short films to expose the situation (see links below).

Wyoming Seminary decided to take action to first secure the water fees for all students which are about $2/month for each student. For 400 students, their goal was to raise $2400 for the 3 months of school that remained. Many Namoungou students had no funds at all to pay for their water at the local pump.

Many students were also going hungry. They had no means to cook for themselves and the school had no canteen which means students had to return home several miles away (some were walking) and light a fire, fetch water and cook a meal- if they could. Sem's second goal was to fund a school canteen to feed every sudent and enable to stay at school during the break between 12 and 3 rather than traveling so far to home only to return for the afternoon session from 3 to 5pm.

Their 3rd goal was to raise funds for bikes for the many students who had no bikes to travel to school and had to walk several miles four times a day.

Sem's virtual Walk for Water ended up raising over $6000 which enabled them to reach all their goals. This week BARKA is leading a ceremony at Namoungou's School to deliver 31 bikes. A canteen lunch program started last month and all students' water fees have been paid from March through end of May when school ends.

This has been one of the most successful educational programs BARKA has ever done. In addition to the funds raised, the impact, and the raised awareness within the community, over 100 students from each school created a penpal relationship with each other, our films were screened and discussed, and academic enagement was made with the Environment Club, French classes, and the entire Lower School. The program was such a success that it has inspired us to replicate it in other schools, something we will be exploring this summer with an intern who works at Sem.

As so often happens, a simple water project leads to a robust series of actions on numerous levels with expanded impact. Thank you for being a part of it.

 

 

 

 


Just like every drop leads to the ability to fill an entire bucket, so too does every dollar count and contribute to our overall goal. Thank you for your consideration. Barka!

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Artist Kodjo paints logos of BARKA-rotary well
Artist Kodjo paints logos of BARKA-rotary well

Dear Clean Water Supporter,

Greetings and happy new year! Special thanks to all who contributed to BARKA's year end, Giving Tuesday, and recurring donor campaigns. We would not have the impact we have for thousands of people in Burkina Faso without you!

2021 is going to be an exciting year for BARKA Foundation. Right now, we are raising funds with local rotary clubs around the US to reach a goal of almost $300,000. This will enable us to drill 20 wells in the eastern region, which is being extremely affected by the world's fastest growing jihadist insurgency. Threats and acts of terrorism have forced more than 1M people to flee their homes resulting in one of the world's largest humanitarian crises of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The people who are being displaced are overcrowding the city of Fada and putting even more pressure on a water infrastructure that was already inadequate even in the best of times. Therefore, BARKA will focus on increasing water access primarily in the city of Fada N'Gourma, where the terrorist threat is also much lower than in rural regions.

Fundraising will take some time. We hope to have all funds secured and begin implementation before the end of this year. We will keep you up to date. Meanwhile, we welcome your financial support of this important project which will directly benefit over 20,000 people.

Just like every drop leads to the ability to fill an entire bucket, so too does every dollar count and contribute to our overall goal. Thank you for your consideration. Barka!

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Location: Burlington, ME - USA
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Esu Anahata
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