BARKA FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.81 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Education, Food, Women

Location: PO Box 69 Housatonic MA 01236 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

The Marblehead Interact Club is a junior rotary club. They have been working for The Barka Foundation for four years. On Sunday, October 28, the club will sponsor a Peace, Water, Wisdom Race/Walk around Marblehead Neck (5K) from 9 a.m. to 1:30 pm. The event is a fundraiser for The BARKA Foundation which works with local communities in the US to raise water consciousness and implement water initiatives in Burkina Faso, Africa, one of the poorest and most water-stressed nations in the world. We have support from Endicott students with marketing, outreach and publicity. The event is also being coordinated with the Student Environmental Action Committee of John Bapst High School in Bangor, Maine which established hte PWW Race/Walk last year. Ina and Esu Anahata, BARKA's co-founders are an inspiration to our young people. Join The BARKA Foundation....is is a life changing experience.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have just begun a conversation with the Barka Foundation about how I might contribute to their efforts to educate children in our local communities about the quest for clean water in the third world while raising money for water projects in Burkina Faso. Ina and Esu, the co-founders have been very responsive. The Barka Foundation's focus on education both locally and globally is unique and welcome!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have read about their efforts both on their website and in other publications.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Two years ago, Ina and Esu became our friends at Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA. They have become near and dear to us as they have taught much about about the culture and people of Burkina Faso and the Barka Foundation. The Interact Club members and other MHS students will participate this spring in a four mile Walk for Clean Water around Marblehead Neck. We hope to involve the whole town and raise money from sponsorships.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the hearts of young adults.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage youth to live the fight.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We donated money to Barka for the NY marathon. My sister was running with 3 others for Barka. I really liked this experience. We came to NY and followed them along the marathon. Barka people were very supportive along the process.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Supporting the runners

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing more

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Rating: 5 stars  

BARKA is taking action to make a difference in the world, and it is near impossible to not desire to help them help others. So, I engaged my students in projects to create awareness and inspire action, while raising funds to donate to the cause of safe drinking water for those who need it in Burkina Faso. BARKA is working to provide a model which can be followed by others as it tries to bring the basic need of potable water to others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

BARKA has touched the lives of others...those who can help, and those who need help. I have experienced the results of BARKA's impact on working to solve the problem of providing safe water. They have helped me add to the good in ways I had not thought of, and have assisted me in adding to student learning.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

BARKA needs the help of people to help them help others, so the only change I would make to this organization is for it to be recognized in a way that would allow it to achieve its goals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Barka Foundation and its Co Founders, Ina and Esu Anahata is an example of an organization that is tireless in its efforts to alleviate suffering in the poorest country on the African sub continent - Burkina Faso. Focusing on one of the most basic issues of providing clean water to communities in this land locked, impoverished region is one of Barka's singular missions - and they have launched an innovative way to build awareness to this issue through their Peace, Water, Wisdom global campaign. Whether it is through their Walk for Water Campaign, their U.S. Schools Awareness Programs, or their on the ground work in Burkina Faso, one is struck by the tireless determination of this organization to create a sustainable model for the economic, spiritual and social well being of people in the region.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the results of this organization through the dynamic fundraising strategies they have used to generate awareness to Burkina Faso - through a variety of campaigns. I have heard of the enthusiasm of school children who have become aware of these issues through the Walk for Water campaign.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Larger funding opportunities would pave the way for greater success and this is the focus for this organization at this time as they prepare to build the infrastructure of wells and clean water in villages in Burkina Faso.

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Rating: 4 stars  

In broad terms I became interested in the work of BARKA as BARKA truly is focused on Indigenous technologies and a holistic approach to development. What has truly inspired me is the true commitment and energy the coufounders dedicae to the population of Tantiaka and to working hand in hand with that population to achieve water and sanitation goals; but also to share the experiences in Burkina with American children and likewise to bring the experiences of American children to children in Burkina Faso.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The constant interaction with an energetic board. I have hard from two friends in Burkina about the good work Barka is doing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would build the organization in both Burkina and the US.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ina and Esu are doing incredible work with The BARKA Foundation, and having worked with them over the past year or more I have found them to be two of the most genuine and inspiring people one could ever hope to meet.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The fantastic progress that has been made in the past year, and the dedication of Ina and Esu to the people of Burkina Faso.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them more money so that they can continue their amazing work!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard of BARKA on NPR and was immediately attracted to their mission. My sister ran the NYC marathon to raise money for the Foundation and my whole family embarked in an amazing journey that brought us all closer. This is my first experience as a volunteer and I could not have picked a better organization, the founders are so dedicated and so down to earth. See their video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gKbQHCXdW8 and you will get chills from it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feeling much more conscious of the value of water

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create a branch in Canada

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Rating: 5 stars  

The people of The Barka Foundation are amazingly commited to and passionate about their goals, which include providing safe drinking water to the people of Burkina Faso, and the human rights this will provide - from health and education to a means of creating a livelihood.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In person and through media.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money.

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