The Race Begins...
Greetings and Happy Autumn,
We wanted to take this opportunity to provide a brief update from The BARKA Foundation:
- PUMPING UP THE VOLUME: BARKA's co-founders were invited to give a presentation at "Sustaining the Blue Planet Conference" (see link 1 below) and UNICEF offered BARKA a stipend to attend the "Water & Health Conference" at UNC Chapel Hill. Both conferences proved extremely worthwhile.
- DANCE, SING: Earlier this month BARKA teamed up with the critically acclaimed African electronica band Burkina Electric to host a series of events at Williams College, the #1 liberal arts college in the US (see link 2 below) including workshops, discussions and a concert.
- WALK, RUN: High school students from John Bapst HS hosted the 1st Annual 5k "Peace, Water & Wisdom Walk/Race" in Bangor, MA. See link 3 below for details and photos.
- Right now, our exclusive focus is on securing the necessary project funds to implement the water project in the village of Tantiaka. We can't return to Burkina until we have the necessary financing to ensure the project's success.
Thank you for being a stakeholder in this project and for being invested in this project's success. There's a terrific opportunity this week to further help us through leveraging your donation with a match by GlobalGiving.
This Wednesday, October 19, at 12:01 am, Global Giving is holding their final Bonus Day of the year.
Thank you for your continued support and helping make sure that our next update comes from on the ground in Burkina.
Ina & Esu Anahata, Co-Founders and the entire volunteer staff of The BARKA Foundation
BARKA + Burkina Electric Workshop, Mt. Greylock HS
BurkinaStylin' @ Williams College Dance Dept
Student-organizers of the 5K Event
Maine Youth Walking for Water for Burkina