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Barka Foundation Inc

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Causes: Agricultural Programs, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Education, Educational Services, Food, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Why: We empower the people of Burkina Faso to live better lives. How: We approach this in a way that respects and integrates their culture, combining indigenous wisdom and modern technology... What: ...to create sustainable solutions in key areas of need, such as WASH initiatives (water, sanitation and hygiene), education, empowering women, and mitigating the effects of climate change. BARKA also serves as a bridge between individuals, schools and communities of Burkina Faso and the United States to facilitate greater understanding, cultural exchange and the co-creation of a culture of peace.

Results: BARKA has drilled 6 wells, constructed 14 latrines in schools and villages, and educated tens of thousands of students and villagers about basic hygiene. BARKA's programs have directly benefited more than 25,000 people.

Target demographics: permanently break the cycle of poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2000 high school students through our Menstrual Hygiene Management program, and launched a social enterprise to produce and sell ceramic water filters to rural villagers in dire need of clean water.

Geographic areas served: Burkina Faso and the USA

Programs: BARKA serves as a catalyst for sustainable development in Burkina Faso through: WASH initiatives (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Education Women’s empowerment Climate mitigation strategies. BARKA also serves as a bridge between individuals, schools and communities of Burkina Faso and the United States to facilitate greater understanding, cultural exchange and the co-creation of a culture of peace.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

We had a fundraiser for Barka at our Middle School years ago. Kids now graduating from college still tell me how the day of learning about a far away place in need... and them being able to help the people there... changed their lives and open their eyes to how very big the world is and how fortunate they are. I continue to support Barka and their vision. It is pure goodness.

Donor

Rating: 5

These folks exemplify dedication. Through indeterminable focus and will they have moved mountains. I support them 100%!

Anna S.

Donor

Rating: 5

All living things need water. The Barka Foundation helps bring this basic need to villagers in Burkina Faso. Too many people in this world lack access to potable water and the Barka Foundation is creating awareness, providing understanding and inspiring action.

Advisor

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Advisor

Rating: 4

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Melvin W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Barka Foundation has been a continuous source of inspiration and an outstanding example of dedication to service and sustainable approaches to indigenous communities development. Barka has worked on providing clean water to Burkina Faso indigenous people, teaching them about hygiene, healthcare and human rights.
Barka' founders are truly creative, humble and powerful individuals with a clear view of their objectives and methods of achieving them. It's been an honor and a great pleasure working with Barka.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience with Ina and Esu when they did their Walk for Water from New York City to Bangor, Maine. A friend and I walked out to meet them when they arrived in Bangor and we all marched through the city to a wonderful reception held in their honor. There they received a large gift from a Vietnamese spiritual donor. The ritual and program that evening were truly inspiring and everyone's hearts were lifted in hope for the people of Burkina Faso. Ina and Esu's dedication to the people of this small country is truly amazing. I wish them all the best and hope that their dreams for these people can one day be realized. They are truly angels who walk the earth.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Barks Foundation has the most dedicated people working to bring water to the villages in Berkina. The founders and volunteers have given countless hours of their time. They are a truly dedicated group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i met Ina & Esu at the first of five training sessions over a two year period with malidoma p. some
if not for them being there i would have had a very different experience for that i am forever greatful
their faithfulness and commitment to their lifes work has effected many lives mine included
all for the better simply for knowing them
many many blessings to you both
because the two of you together is such a blessing to us all
thank you thank you

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Barka is one of the most hopeful pro-people organizations working in Africa I know. Their goals are big and can be realized. It helps people in America see all the ways they can help communities small and large in Burkina and beyond.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the Science Advisor and board member of the Barka Foundation. As a scientist, business owner and private consultant, my time is very limited and valuable. I chose to be involved with the Barka Foundation, because I sincerely believe that it can make a practical and positive impact on the lives of the people of Burkin Faso. Unlike other charities, that use a broad brush stroke with their efforts, focusing most their time and effort in fund raising and little on the people they profess to help, the Barka Foundation has a very specific and cost effective set of goals designed to help the people of BF. The Founders Ina and Isu are as dedicated a couple as I have ever encountered, sacrificing their entire lives to their cause and I applaud their efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure to support the efforts of Ina and Esu Anahata and the BARKA Foundation for the past two years. While my personal funds are limited, I was the first donor ever to make an ongoing commitment to a monthly donation to the BARKA Foundation. Ina and Esu's efforts on behalf of and in concert with the efforts of the generous and hopeful people of Burkina Faso have brought hope to many people in great need and the projects executed so far have made a visible impact in areas of clean water and micro lending through which some communities have increased their spiritual and economic well being. I hope that the BARKA Foundation will receive support through this effort and I am more than honored to write a review.
Krystal Rose
Estero Island, Florida

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