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:
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.
What can you do?
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:
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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!
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.
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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