Over the last couple of years our work in Burkina Faso has benefitted a great deal from people going to their employers to ask about matching funds. In many cases it works like this; if you as an employee donate to a nonprofit, your business will donate money back to the same nonprofit (Engage Burkina) at a pre-determined match. We have had companies match gifts dollar for dollar, double or triple a gift, and some companies have even thrown in more for good measure because they had the ability too.
We have received matching gifts from companies all over the country such as Tiffany and Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance, Illinois Tool Works, and more.
Maybe your family would like to sponsor a bike for someone immobilized by disease in West Africa, or maybe provide clean water to a village. Why not get some help with a matching gift from your employer? Of course, not all companies offer this, but for the right opportunity they just might.
You can go here and download our Case Statement, and share with your Business or School. http://tinyurl.com/ebcasestatment2013. Our tax exemption letter from the IRS is available upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to EngageBurkina.com and found out how you can bring hope and sustainable solutions and engaging the people of Burkina Faso.
She had been in school the morning we came to her village on a trip assessing the water needs in some of the most untouched villages in Burkina Faso. There are easily 75-100 children in her elementary classroom. When she gets thirsty she doesn’t go ask her teacher if she can go get a drink of water. Why bother? They will never even know she is gone. She’s not being mischievous, just thirsty.
There is one well in this village. Though we don’t know the exact population it is well beyond the capacity of one. Rather than wait her turn at the water pump, or elbow her way to the front, this sweet, meek little girl goes for a walk. On this day, the distance she walked away from the school and the local drilled well is not the issue. What’s more important is what she found for a water source. It was just a local cistern. A hole in the ground designed to catch some rain from the months before and be used for whatever is convenient like bathing, or watering animals. The bottle she was carrying to fill says it all; this water should not be drunk.
I think of this little girl often. She is another face of the water need all over Burkina Faso. Engage Burkina and our partners are currently raising funds to bring drilled wells to this and as many other villages in this region as we can later on in 2014.
At Engage Burkina we are working to bring hope and the water that sustains life to villages just like this one.
You can help us at http://engageburkina.com/donate