Group walking to raise funds for clean water in Burkina Faso

Posted May 18, 2009, at 3:36 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:38 a.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor is working toward Green Sanctuary certification through the Unitarian Universalist Association. The society is participating in a series of action plans involving the building, the congregation and individuals living in harmony with the world.

One plan is to raise awareness and provide education about the need for clean water in the world. The society is joining with the BARKA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization working to achieve the UN’s millennium goals in Burkina Faso, the third-poorest country in the world. BARKA’s first initiative is to make clean water accessible to the rural population.

The goal is to help raise money to build a well in La Petite Village where women have to walk as many as three miles one way to get a daily supply of water.

During May, the BARKA Foundation’s founders, Ina and Esu Anahata, will “walk for water” to raise awareness and funds through the first Peace, Water and Wisdom Walk.

People are invited to be a part of the journey by joining with the society to help attain its Green Sanctuary action plan. The Peace, Water and Wisdom Walk left New York City on May 11 and will arrive in Bangor on Saturday, May 30. There will be a grand reception for the walkers at the church at 120 Park St., including local walkers who will join them in downtown Bangor and walk the last mile to the church.

The celebration will include a water ritual by Bangor’s Temple of the Feminine Divine, music by Women With Wings and Ellen Tipper – a Maine artist from Appleton – and food.

To prepare for the walkers’ arrival, the Unitarian Universalist Society will show the BARKA Foundation movie, “BARKA! Burkina,” at 7 p.m. Fridays, May 15, 22 and 29.

Green Sanctuary representatives will give talks about the work of the BARKA Foundation. For information, call Laurie Cartier at 974-9919.

Donations for the village well may be sent to UUSB, 120 Park St., Bangor, ME 04401 or online at www.barkafoundation.org.

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