Much is happening in Burkina Faso right now. It was a good harvest, despite a very shaky beginning – there was no rain in June and everyone was fearing another famine like the one caused by poor rains in 2017. But the rains did come, and not too much either. It’s not easy when you grow your own food to survive.
General Gilbert Diendéré is currently standing trial for a failed coup attempt in 2015 (we were lucky to get back to Fada from Ouagadougou that day). Terrorism has been on the rise this year, especially in the East where BARKA is based. Despite all, and thanks to the generosity of our donors, BARKA’s work on the ground continues to move forward, and members of the local staff, most notably Gaoussou “Peace” Sarambe and Luc Yoda (BARKA’s Jedi knight) have stepped up to leadership positions. Their visit to the US this past summer with two other long-time BARKA staffers/family members no doubt inspired them and renewed their deep commitment. It has been rewarding to see such growth in BARKA’s local staff, as our long-term goal is for The BARKA Foundation to be able to continue its operations long after we’re gone.
2019 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in BARKA’s history. We have several critical projects planned, with grant applications currently under consideration for each, that will be truly life-changing:
- to train local farmers to adapt to a changing climate, preserving their livelihood
- to be the first in Burkina’s history to distribute menstrual cups to high school girls and women, giving girls the opportunity to continue their education
- to drill more wells and ensure WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene) in schools and communities.
The US Embassy of Burkina Faso also has provided funding for BARKA’s theatre troupe to further its pioneering Social Art program in which we sensitize on a variety of subjects through theatre.
BARKA is often referred to as “the little NGO that could”… although we couldn’t without you. Grassroots support has been BARKA’s lifeline, the fuel that has powered our work since 2006. We are so filled with gratitude for all we’ve done together, supported by your incredible generosity and belief in BARKA’s mission and methodology. Our cup runneth over, and yet, each year we must ask again, relying on your willingness, your understanding, and your generosity through individual contributions to continue this work.
Thank you for your consideration of a year-end gift and for your continued support. We look forward to what’s ahead and are so grateful that you have a seat at BARKA’s table. Happy holidays! We wish you all good things for the new year.
‘Barka’ is an African word of gratitude, blessing & reciprocity.
Ina & Esu Anahata, Co-Founders