BARKA in the News
BARKA Distributes Soap and Handwashing Sensitization to 3000 Rural Villagers to Fight Against Coronavirus
BARKA rapidly changed its plans for activities planned for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day after COVID-19 became the biggest threat facing Burkinabè. Within a few short weeks funds were raised to distribute soap locally made by women’s organizations. In rural parts of Burkina, clean water is often scarce and handwashing, when it happens, is often done without soap. In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, BARKA distributed 300 liters of soap as well as sensitization about the importance of handwashing to combat the coronavirus. Many villagers who have not received a formal education hold dangerous beliefs such as washing hands with soap will make money slide through your fingers.
Our Earth Day actions were covered in Popular Science.
SWAMPSCOTT — The phrase “service above self” came full circle for the Swampscott Rotary Club on Wednesday.
The group met for a luncheon at Mission on the Bay to honor the BARKA Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization that provides clean, purified water by drilling wells in African villages and creates jobs for the people of the village.
Recently, the founders of the Barka Foundation, along with the residents of the villages they are helping in Burkina Faso, Western Africa, visited and spoke at a weekly Swampscott Rotary Club meeting at Mission on the Bay.
They spoke about their ongoing clean water and well-drilling projects along with health education for their area villages.
Community Development Grant Enables Theatre Sensitization to Improve Water Resource Management in Rural Villages of Burkina Faso
The BARKA Foundation, a UN-affiliated NGO based in the United States and Burkina Faso, and its professional theatre troupe have completed a 10-performance theatrical tour of its original play “Water for the Present and for the Future”. The play focuses on hygiene education; the need for water committees (which oversee community water points) to collect micro-payments from all water users to ensure the sustainability of the wells BARKA builds in rural villages, and the key role women play in water resource management.
The Walk for Water was sponsored by the Swampscott and Marblehead High School Interact Clubs, along with the Swampscott High School French Club.
In honor of World Water Day, students from Swampscott and Marblehead high schools gathered on Friday afternoon for the second annual “Walk for Water” to benefit The Barka Foundation. Barka is a non-governmental organization that provides clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to rural villages in eastern Burkina Faso, a landlocked French-speaking nation in West Africa.
WAMC’S Berkshire Bureau Chief Patrick Donges caught up with The BARKA Foundation co-founders Ina & Esu Anahata to talk about some upcoming initiatives both in Burkina Faso and the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Tune in!