DJ Brooks of Initiative : Eau tests well water
Dear BARKA Supporter,
We have just completed an 8-month activity plan in Burkina Faso. During that time, the BARKA team reinforced the capacity of the water committee in Lampiadi, facilitated community gardens in 3 villages where BARKA had drilled wells, advanced our menstrual hygiene management program to support and empower girls by adding a 7th school, and organized a national 5-day event in conjunction with World Water Day that significantly added to the water sector's ability to work together and share information about best practices in Burkina Faso.
The last thing we did before leaving Burkina was to work with our local partner org, Initiative : Eau to test the water quality of every BARKA well. This is important because over time, wells and even underground water sources can become contaminated. Thanks to USAID's West African WASH program, BARKA trained each water committee how to "shock" their well with a micro-dose of chlorine every 6 months.
The good news- each water committee has been doing the maintenance treatment on schedule and without any prompting from us! The results proved it- no contamination in any of the wells which have been shocking their wells.
What's next for BARKA Foundation? This summer, a delegation of 4 key BARKA staffers will be visiting the US for the first time ever. After flying into NYC, they'll visit partner communities of Marblehead and Swampscott, MA, then visit Great Barrington, the sister city to Fada N'Gourma. We'll spend some time at BARKA HQ in Maine, and then attend a Native American ceremony to share some indigenous spiritual wisdom between Ma Afrika and Turtle Island. Let us know if you'll be in the area- we'd love to see you and introduce you to some of the people who make BARKA's work on the ground something worthy of your support!
Thank you for being with us on this incredible journey. Stay in touch.
Water was also tested for pH and temperature
Ina and team speak to a water committee member