BARKA Foundation is going through another growth spurt. Our singular focus right now is raising funds for projects and operations. Here's the latest news:
Georgie Badiel, a supermodel from Burkina Faso, and her friend and fellow supermodel, Heide Lindgren, have agreed to be Ambassadors for The BARKA Foundation. They are utilizing their connections and network within the modeling field to raise awareness and funds for BARKA's work. We're currently planning a benefit Fashion Show in NYC in September. Stay tuned!
We've just returned from a 10-day road trip, the 2nd one we've taken in 4 weeks, to meet with potential donors, partner schools and create new relationships with strategic partners. One example is Williams College- Esu's alma mater, which is currently in discussion with BARKA about several initiatives including summer internships, winter study programs and participating in the Williams-in-Africa program.
Two schools currently have Walks for Water planned in the coming weeks- Marblehead High School's Interact Club is planning a community walk on May 15th and John Bapst High School in Maine is organizing one on May 21st. BARKA is also speaking to schools in Berkshire County about a walk before the end of the school year as well. 100% of funds raised will go toward the project listed here on Global Giving.
Rotary Clubs in MA, particularly District 7930, are expressing interest in BARKA's water, sanitation & hygiene initiatives. We're inching closer toward being able to apply for a Future Vision Grant to Rotary International. Recently, we had the opportunity to speak to many young rotarians at the district-wide Interact Club meeting in Woburn, MA. Marblehead students will be reaching out to them to invite their participation in the upcoming walk, and BARKA hopes to make new connections with their associated Rotary Clubs.
In other news, Burkina Faso is experiencing some unrest given the highly volatile situations in neighboring Ivory Coast and nearby Libya. We're monitoring the situation closely and will keep you up to date on any important news.
Thank you for your support. We're so grateful to be on this extraordinary journey together with you. Together, we are changing the world in a small yet significant way.
'Barka' is an African word of gratitude, blessing & reciprocity.
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