Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health

by BARKA Foundation
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Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health
Empower Women and Girls through Menstrual Health

Dear Supporters of Girls and Women,

We are in the final stages of implementing our revolutionary cups pilot. All 1200 women have been given cups and trained how to use them- we successfully hit our mark. We are now in the monitoring and evaluation stage. We have already collected surveys from 600 women BEFORE they were comprehensively trained on menstrual hygiene and introduced to the cup. The next step is to wait for all participants to use the cup for 3 menstrual cycles (the length of time it usually takes for women to achieve what we like to call "cup confidence") and see if there was any change in their knowledge, behavior, ability to participate at work or school, etc.

Meanwhile, the pilot was such a resounding success that we're currently developing similar pilots in Ivory Coast, Senegal, Liberia and Ghana. This is a huge undertaking and the first project BARKA will implement outside of Burkina Faso.

Please consider making a donation today to help us in this ambitious endeavor.

Thank you for your support of girls and women in West Africa!

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BARKA's Cup Ambassadors Complete Their Training
BARKA's Cup Ambassadors Complete Their Training
The photo above is our team of 24 Cup "Ambassadrices" who are right now breaking the silence around the taboo subject of menstruation in their communities. Each Ambassadrice will provide to 50 women a simple, safe, sustainable product that will last for 10 years and revolutionize menstrual health programming in Burkina Faso.
It is truly an exciting watershed moment as BARKA and its formidable partners Menstru'elles and Femme International introduce menstrual cups in historic fashion never before seen here.
In the coming year, we look forward to expanding the pilot to a national level in Burkina, and replicating the pilot in Ivory Coast, Senegal, Liberia and Ghana. As you can see, your support is needed now more than ever. You can help us achieve these ambitious goals. 
Your generous tax-deductible year end gift will provide operational support as we complete our pilot and begin our focus on broader expansion. Thank you for your generosity and understanding.  This work would not be possible without you! Barka!
Participant in recent local menstrual cup workshop
Participant in recent local menstrual cup workshop
Cup Ambassadrice gives her training to local women
Cup Ambassadrice gives her training to local women

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AFRIC'UP Project Leaders Put Their Hands Together
AFRIC'UP Project Leaders Put Their Hands Together

Dear [donor first name], Happy Giving Tuesday! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. BARKA is an African word of thanksgiving, gratitude, and blessing, and we are grateful to YOU for everything you do to support our work. In 2021, our work has been about freedom, power — and some might say, revolution — for the women of Burkina Faso: all contained in a small silicone menstrual cup.

Last March, BARKA funded the training of 30 community health care workers on the use of the cups (“phase 1”). In October, these workers learned the skills to go out into their own communities to train others about menstrual health and hygiene, and distribute cup kits to a total of 1200 women and girls (“phase 2”).

We’re not exaggerating when we speak of revolution. In Burkina Faso, menstruation is a taboo subject. Creating space for education, discussion and practice around this simple and affordable solution helps women and girls build confidence and agency. The video link below offers a great snapshot of the program.

Over the next few years, we will expand our menstrual cup project across West Africa. To do that, we need your support! Your generous Giving Tuesday gift will provide operational support as we complete “Phase 2” and move forward with broader expansion.

Thank you for recognizing the power of simple solutions for the women and girls of Burkina Faso! BARKA!

Cup Ambassadrices trained, fired up & ready to go
Cup Ambassadrices trained, fired up & ready to go
Dozens of community workshops are now taking place
Dozens of community workshops are now taking place

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Today is The International Day of the Girl! BARKA works to empower girls and women in Burkina Faso through menstrual health and hygiene programs.

Since 2017 we have worked to break the silence around the taboo subject of mensturation and to distribute menstrual cups in Burkina. Our innovative and revolutionary project to introduce cups to Burkina will begin its phase 2 training later this month. The 30 community health care workers who were given cups 4 months ago will now learn to train others and distribute cup kits to 1200 women and girls.

With your help we are making the lives of girls and women better in Burkina Faso. We couldn't do this without your support. Barka!

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Stage 1 Trainees
Stage 1 Trainees

We have reached the half-way point in our historic menstrual cup pilot in Burkina Faso.

We are 6 months in to the first major menstrual cup project of its kind in the country.

Here are some highlights of what we've accomplished so far:

  • BARKA partnered with dozens of local comunity health centers and associations working in the menstrual health sector
  • Project leaders met with key stakeholders in the government and NGOs working in the field to inform them of the project, bring them on board as advocates, and to invite their feedback
  • There has been extensive work with the Ministry of Health to not only create a convention between BARKA and the ministry that will guide our collaboration, but also with the Ethics Committee to approve our methodology and how we collect information, and the National Pharmaceutical Committee in order to establish national standards around menstrual cups in order to approve cups for future national distribution
  • Most significantly, we completed our Stage 1 training, led by implementation partner Menstru'elles, and taught largely by our Master Trainer from technical partner Femme International. This was a comprehensive 16-hour training over two days in which 30 community health workers were trained about menstrual health, cups, and how to use them. In Ocober after they've used hte cups for 4 months and achieved a level of "cup confidence", we will meet for our Stage 2 training when they will be trained to go out into their communities to distribute cups to women and girls in need.

We are also making great strides to expand this pilot to other countries within West Africa and are in the process of creating partnerships with NGOs and government ministries in Ivory Coast, Senegal, Liberia and Ghana!

It's an exciting time and it gives us great pleasure to see the impact this project is already having. Menstrual cups are a gamechanger and will help improve women's lives immensely.

Thanks for your support of this important project at a time when it is most needed.

Barka!

Cups are introduced to trainees
Cups are introduced to trainees
Project leaders gather together after the training
Project leaders gather together after the training
BARKA meets Minister of Health to discuss project
BARKA meets Minister of Health to discuss project
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