Water gushing from the well during drilling
After years of preparation, the well drilling has finally started in Le Petite! In less than a month, Esu and Ina were able to locate a spot, find a contractor, and begin drilling! As of now, the drilling is complete and the concrete platform around the well is in the works.
Bempoua, a loyal friend of BARKA, said she holds us in her heart and gave us many blessings for long life and success to the endeavors of BARKA Foundation. She told Ina and Esu that although her eyes may be big, they’re not wide enough to see all the new things BARKA is bringing to her and to the lives of villagers--things she had never understood before. The gulimanchema language she speaks is full of poetry like this, poetry that continues to inspire our work.
However, in addition to dealing with the water situtation in Tantiaka, Ina and Esu are also trying to improve the living condition of the women in the region in other ways. During the meeting two years ago when the women asked BARKA Foundation for clean water, they also asked for a mill. They live in an agrarian society, and in order to process the grain, they have to mill it by hand or take it to a machine far away. Oftentimes, it is a day-long project.
According to the women, water is great, composting toilets are great too, but what they really need is a mill.
While BARKA won’t be forgoing our sanitation initiative, we have a new goal for Le Petite. We are trying to figure out a way to get these women a mill.
We at BARKA believe that one action cannot solve all the problems the people of Tantiaka face. As such, while we are ecstatic about the new well (it feels good to deliver on a promise!), we know that our work is far from over. We appreciate your continued support in all our endeavors.
"Barka" is a West African word of gratitude, blessing & reciprocity.
Bempoua symbolically washes her face in the water