Specific Project Opportunities
A number of specific project opportunity areas have been identified and we are engaging with the women and families Baraka works with to assess and prioritize them.
In general, they will be focused on communities and areas where Baraka works with women and families for our Oils, Butters and Baskets. The focus areas are described below
Education & Youth
- School fees(Secondary and post-secondary, pre-dominantly focused on female students)
- School supplies(focused on primary and secondary school age children ([under 18 years of age])
- School uniforms(focused on primary and secondary school age children ([under 18 years of age])
- Sports equipment/Recreation(focused on youth but with a primary focus on primary and secondary school age children ([under 18 years of age])
Income generation and poverty alleviation
- Income generation support(a primary focus will be on assisting the women and families to develop alternative income sources that can help to meet family income needs when they are not producing baskets and shea butter).
- General community development(this is an evolving area and could include projects such as organizational development support to women’s producer groups, development of community dams to capture rainy season water and extend the agricultural season, etc.)
Environment and climate change
This is an emerging area and the specifics will evolve based on opportunities that are identified.
Prior projects in this area have included tree-planting, integrating circular economy practices into shea butter production, promotion of ecological diversity and land reclamation, etc.
Development Education and Awareness
- Development Awareness(this will include public and semi-public presentations and programs in North America, often connected with fund-raising activities). It will also include speaking to groups, schools and organizations as well as media and other events
- In-country volunteering(two in-country volunteering activities have been undertaken over the past ten years and more are anticipated.
One of the previous activities was in collaboration with a Canadian University and the other involved two individuals. In both cases the program was 100% self-financing by the volunteers.