Clean Water for Rural Villagers in Burkina Faso

by BARKA Foundation
Water for a Thirsty Village
Water for a Thirsty Village

Dear Friend and Supporter of BARKA Foundation,

BARKA's co-founders recently returned to Burkina Faso and the BARKA team is moving into its new office in Fada N'Gourma (we grew out of the old one)!  There is a great deal of excitement here because a new well was just drilled for the village of Lampiadi where people had been walking 7km to the nearest water source.  There are also several new projects BARKA is developing in the area of WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene) as well as Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation through a new theatre sensitization project.

However we can't realize the dreams ahead without your continued support!

Thankfully GlobalGiving makes it easy and right now through December 31, a generous donor will match all new recurring donations by 200%!  That means if you donate $25, Global Giving will add an additional $50 on your first monthly gift. This offer is too good to pass up.

Couple this with BARKA's campaign to increase its "Sustaining Donors" (those giving monthly) by inviting them to join a LIVE conference call with BARKA's co-founders once every 3 months to provide a personal update. This will provide an opportunity to meet team members, understand the true impact of your support, and get a bird's-eye view of BARKA's work on the ground.

So please don't wait. Sign up today to become a Sustaining Donor and get your first month's donation matched by 200%.

We wish you blessings for a happy and healthy new year for you and your family. We look forward to being in touch again in the new year.


Ina, Esu and the entire BARKA Team

BARKA's new office and mango tree!
Day 1: Already hard at work.
Day 1: Already hard at work.
WASH expert Yoni returns from Lampiadi
WASH expert Yoni returns from Lampiadi
Peace, BARKA
Peace, BARKA's Communication Dir. & Ida,Accountant


Today is the International Day of Giving, known as #GivingTuesday. 

It's an opportunity to pause and break away from holiday preparations and the busy-ness of everyday life to think about the less fortunate among us, who need a hand up, not a handout.

If you haven't already sent a year-end gift to The BARKA Foundation, please consider doing so today.

Thanks to GlobalGiving and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, your #GivingTuesday donation will be matched by 50%!  They are offering up to $1 Million in matching funds- Global Giving's largest matching program ever.

Matching has already begun and will continue while matching funds last, so please don't wait as funds go fast!

We know there are many good causes to support. Why should you donate to us?

  • Over 50% of Burkina faso's population does not have access to clean drinking water.
  • Open defecation in the rural areas where BARKA works is 97%.
  • 90% of the country lives by subsistence farming and is increasingly vulnerable to the drastic effects of climate change.
  • BARKA offers hope.
  • BARKA creates transformative change in village communities.
  • BARKA saves lives by improving health through water, sanitation and hygiene education.

Click here to make a donation today and receive a 50% match.

Thank you, and happy holidays.

The BARKA Team

Water Committee of Lampiadi waits for their well.
Water Committee of Lampiadi waits for their well.

Dear Friends of BARKA,

Ina and I are pleased to provide an update on what's happening in Burkina Faso.

Firstly, the rains were plentiful this rainy season which is just now coming to an end. For the subsistence farmers who make up 90% of Burkina's population, too much or too little rain can be catastrophic. The food each family grows is all the food they have to last them until next year's harvest. Thankfully, this year the rains were steady. Despite some flooding, they were good for farmers' staple crops.

Due to the rains, it is often hard to get to places because dirt roads become flooded and impassable. The village of Lampiadi has been waiting for its new well since June. The well driller tried on 3 occasions to get to the village but couldn't because roads had been washed out. We're now hoping that by the next time we send a project report, Lampiadi will be drinking clean water from a newly drilled well. Stay tuned!

Since our last project report, BARKA worked with two interns from 2iE, the renowned water research institute in Ouagadougou. Their task was to assist BARKA to conduct two "focus groups" to gain valuable information for BARKA's ceramic water filter project. This project is in effect a social enterprise-- a business that would create sustainable revenue to make ceramic water filters available to rural villagers in Burkina. The objective of the focus group was to test out the perceived need for water filtration, determine people's "willingness to pay" to determine pricing, test aesthetic preferences, and to brainstorm product names. The focus groups were held in September and were well attended> We are currently analyzing the data our team on the ground collected. Overall, conducting these meetings helped to strengthen our study of the market and advance the goals of this project.

We expect to return to Burkina Faso after Thanksgiving to begin work on a new project. We will keep you informed every step of the way.  Thank you for your support and for being on this journey together with us. It would not be possible without your financial contributions which have powered BARKA's work forward. BARKA continues to rely on your generosity and commitment to this work. Thank you, bless you, barka!

Hydraulic press to make ceramic water filters.
Hydraulic press to make ceramic water filters.
Ina and Bempoua in an embrace of reciprocity.
Ina and Bempoua in an embrace of reciprocity.

Special Announcement:

Global Giving is currently having its 2016 Photo Competition and one of BARKA's photos (above) was selected as a finalist.

PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE NOW to help BARKA Foundation win the $1000 prize, plus receive homepage and social media promotion on Global Giving's networks.

Votes can be cast from right now through noon on Friday, July 22.

Please also share the link on your social networks to spread the word.  Barka!


Dear Friend,

Burkina Faso is one of the driest nations on earth.  Yet during the rainy season, from June through September, the rains come.  Everyone depends on this because 90% of Burkinabe grow their own food to survive, and if the rains don't arrive, crops can fail and lives hang in the balance.  Last year, we witnessed early rains followed by a short drought- very unusual during the rainy season.  When the rains finally did fall, they fell too hard, drowning and washing away seeds that had been sowed. The corn crop failed in the eastern region as a result.

It's easy to see how vulnerable the rural population of Burkina Faso is when you ponder such a situation, and how much of an effect climate change is having on life there.  For us in the West, climate change may bring a warmer (or harsher) winter, or a cooler (or hotter) summer, however in Burkina, the weather can make the difference of your children's survival.

For this reason, BARKA is now hard at work developing projects that enable greater resilience for this population which is so vulnerable to external shocks.  In fact, in the village of Tantiaka, which you have all direcly supported by donating to this project, villagers created a garden next to the well we drilled (that we includes you).  The well remains properly maintained by the water committee and is in excellent working condition.   Thanks to this simple and beautiful garden, every family has a small plot which they can irrigate throughout the year and grow food, even during the long dry season when it is normally impossible to do so.

This is something that was made possible through your financial support.  We wanted to take a moment to reflect that back to you and every donor of this project.  Villagers always tell us to thank and bless the people who have supported them from afar. On behalf of them all, we are extending to you their gratitude and good wishes. Barka!

In the coming year, BARKA Foundation will explore ways to support the village in this small-scale agricultural project. With your continued support we will be able to purchase some basic tools, watering cans, and even provide training for improved growing techniques and methods to mitigate the deadly effects of climate change.

Thank you for being on this magical journey with us.  One single moment of this 'magic' we refer to was captured in a photo-- the photo that Global Giving chose as a finalist. It is an embrace of mutual respect, love and joy-- the essence of reciprocity-- between BARKA co-founder Ina Anahata and Bempoua Namoano, one of the key figures in the village of Tantiaka, also a member of the water & sanitation committee which you helped to make possible. Thank you for casting your vote for this photo to further support this project and the villagers of Tantiaka.

'Barka' is an African word of gratitude, blessing & reciprocity.


Ina & Esu

The well we drilled together serving the village
The well we drilled together serving the village

Dear BARKA Family,

It is the hottest time of year here in Burkina Faso.  Temperatures during the day are consistently over 110F, and the heat is compounded by frequent power outages and water shortages here in the town of Fada N'Gourma where BARKA's office is located.  Last week we went for 5 days without water!  Luckily, BARKA has a 1000-liter water tank at its office and we were able to use that for all our water needs.  Just as it ran out, the water returned!  It really brought home the daily reality faced by millions of rural villagers throughout Burkina Faso who have no running water and must often walk miles to the nearest water source and carry all of their water back to their homes-- every single day.

Since the beginning of 2016, BARKA has spent time monitoring and evaluating the work we accomplished, with your support, last year.  It was incredibly gratifying to hear villagers describe what a positive change clean drinking water has made in their lives. There was much discussion about the decreased incidence of sicknesses, particularly diarrhea and stomach aches.  The women also said their lives had changed dramatically because as you know, they're the ones who have to fetch the water for the family, often carrying containers of 5 gallons (40 pounds) on top of their heads.  One man got up and said if we had held this meeting before the well was drilled, no women would be present because they would all be asleep after searching for water all night.  Now their tireless search was over and they had more time in the day to be with their family, take care of their children, and engage in more productive activities. 

It's hard to describe the gratitude all the villagers expressed to BARKA, and the BARKA family of donors--people like you who have donated to help their situation even though you may have never traveled to Burkina Faso or met the beneficiaries of the project. We want to convey their immense gratitude to you, and tell you that they asked us to send you their blessings.

We certainly feel blessed ourselves to be able to do this work, and to have such a committed and passionate group of supporters and donors here at GlobalGiving.  Your financial support is what helps to make this work possible. Our work here is far from finished.  We are now developing new projects with the same 9 villages we have been working with, taking things to a deeper level and even venturing into new domains such as education and sustainable agriculture. 

Please consider a donation today to help bring these new dreams to fruition.  Barka!   

Villagers meet with BARKA under the tree
Villagers meet with BARKA under the tree
Two BARKA staffers interview a villager
Two BARKA staffers interview a villager
A woman looks on at our meeting to gauge impact
A woman looks on at our meeting to gauge impact
No gift like the gift of clean drinking water
No gift like the gift of clean drinking water
BARKA went to villagers
BARKA went to villagers' homes to gauge impact

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BARKA Foundation

Location: Burlington, ME - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Esu Anahata
Founder of BARKA foundation
Burlington, ME United States
$31,424 raised of $49,000 goal
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