By Peace SARAMBE | Executive Director/Burkina Faso
BARKA Foundation is implementing a new water project in our Burkina Faso hometown, Fada N’Gourma. It’s called the FADA WATER PROJECT. This endeavor responds to an urgent need for clean water access for tens of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who were forced to leave their rural villages and come to the city of Fada for their own security. This project is becoming a reality today thanks to all of our donors.
The project consists of drilling a well that will connect to a large water tower, powered by a solar pump. The water system will connect to other water fountains in the area and serve thousands of residents including IDPs. As BARKA will be purchasing the land on which this well will be drilled, it will also allow us to create a large community garden. The garden will employ local women to grow vegetables and fresh greens year-round enabling them to feed their families and generate an income for a sustainable livelihood.
We have several excellent local partners technically supporting the project, including the Ministry of Water, the Ministry of Agriculture and Association Nourrir Sans Detruire (ANSD) a local association which trains smallholder farmers how to maximize crop yields, increase soil fertility and economize water through agroecology. ANDS will teach and train the women gardeners to understand and properly use these important agroecological techniques, essentially creating a kind of living example and training space that can benefit the entire Fada community. This has been a long-time dream for BARKA that is finally coming to fruition.
We are currently on the ground looking at parcels of land to purchase and expect to begin project implementation as early as next month. We will achieve all these goals together as we are strong and determined to create well being in people's lives together.
This would be an excellent time to donate to BARKA to support this endeavor. We thank you for your continuous support and couldn’t do this without you.
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.
Celebrate World Water Day By Aiding a Water Crisis
By Esu Anahata | Executive Director
Dear Water Warrior,
Happy World Water Day!
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.
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