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John W. Di Turo

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Review for Barka Foundation Inc, Pittsfield, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

The founders Ina and Esu, have pulled up their lives in the U.S.; sold all their possessions ,with the proceeds going to their cause, and have moved to live in the village in Burkina Faso that are helping. That kind of dedication is hard to come by. The Villagers have accepted them into their community and trust that they have BF's best interests at heart, which says it all.

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

I would find a way where more people could be aware of their efforts. Because Burkina Faso has no valuable resources to exploit, the rest of the world has forgotten their plight. Every penny donated to this group will find its way to provide clean drinking water and sanitation to people who desperately need our help.

Role:  Board Member & I have designed ways in which the best acquired knowledge of the modern world can be applied a environmentally sustainable way to help the people of BF without damaging the people fragile cultural heritage.