Dear Project Donors and Stakeholders,
We have some exciting news to share with you.
Firstly, we have adjusted the project fundraising goal on Global Giving to reflect the acquisition of over $14,000 raised during the NYC Marathon (as discussed in our most recent project report).
We have just over $28,000 to raise to complete project funding. And there is a growing sense of urgency in which to do it. People in the village are dying. Their need is urgent. In addition, the rains are right around the corner. It's important we return to Burkina to drill the well before the onset of the rainy season in May. Therefore we're setting a goal to raise the necessary funding THIS MONTH in order to return to Burkina Faso in March.
$28,000 in the month of February... That's $1000/day to raise on behalf of a nation in which 64% of the population lives on less than $1/day. We're calling it a Fundraising SLAM. Today we begin implementing a grassroots fundraising effort the likes of which we've never seen. We are reaching out to friends, family, prospective NGO partners, and donor organizations, while alerting the major print, radio, TV and online news media, and making unprecedented use of our social networks on facebook, twitter, Global Giving, Network for Good and LinkedIn. We're writing not only to update you... we also need your help to make this happen.
Let us remind you of our GOALS during the 4-moth project:
- Establish a self-determined local water & sanitation committee
- Drill 1 new well
- Fix 1 well
- Construct gender-specific composting toilets
- Begin hygiene education at the local school
- Create demand for sanitation through social networking
You are receiving this project update because you have made a financial contribution to The BARKA Foundation. You are part of BARKA's inner circle of supporters. We need to turn to you once again for your help.
Global Giving also has a really great feature that allows you to host your own fundraiser. All we need is 28 people to each commit to raising $1000. This is especially powerful because it introduces us to new people and inspires others who don't yet know about BARKA Foundation. To learn more about hosting your own fundraiser, click here
. We'll help guide you through the process and support you every way we can-- we'll even offer special gifts such as a DVD of BARKA! BURKINA, a BARKA t-shirt, or even some of Ina's handmade jewelry (soon to be available on BARKA's website) to your highest donors and to you.
There are other ways to greatly support the cause without spending a dime (and barely lifting a finger!). Help us amplify our message on facebook by posting to your friends, or "Re-Tweet" our SLAM campaigns messages to your followers.
And of course, we ask you to please keep us, and the people of Le Petit Village, in your prayers and good thoughts.
'Barka' is an African word of gratitude, blessing & reciprocity. The best way we know how to say thank to you for your care, concern, generosity and willingness to join us on this journey, is to say barka.
With love & gratitude,
ina & esu