The Georgie Badiel Foundation believes that all human beings have a fundamental right to available clean drinking water, sanitation facilities and education. We are committed to building, restoring and maintaining wells, as well as providing sanitation facilities in Burkina Faso and our neighboring  Sub-Saharan African countries . By doing so, we enable millions of women and children to get an education and contribute to their communities versus spending the majority of their time traveling long-distances to fetch water.

Do We Work With?

The Georgie Badiel Foundation works directly with communities who are in critical need of wells and sanitation facilities. By working on a local level, we are able to assess and understand their needs first-hand and provide solutions that are impactful in transforming their lives.
We have worked with people from all levels within their communities. From school principals to village chiefs, community leaders and beyond, the Georgie Badiel Foundation is there to make a difference.

What Do We Do?

Provide clean drinking water to the people of Burkina Faso and the neighboring sub-Saharan countries.
Provide access to toilets and sanitation facilities to villages and schools.
Plant trees to fight desertification.
Teach and train women on water well maintenance and restoration.
Educate and encourage villages to set aside funds for savings that will be utilize for their own well maintenance after the Foundation moves on.
Encourage families to send their children to school, particularly after access to clean drinking water is made available.
Create jobs in Burkina Faso by employing local workers.
Develop new solutions and technology with the University of Ouagadougou and Columbia University to address the issue of water and sanitation access in Burkina Faso and sub-Sahara Africa.

Georgie Badiel

Georgie Badiel was born in Abidjan. She was raised between Cote D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. She was named Miss Burkina Faso 2003 and Miss Africa 2004. She is the co-author of The Water Princess and has always been a true citizen of the world. As a model, she loves working in fashion; as an activist, the Georgie Badiel Foundation is her passion. As a small and focused charity, the Foundation is dedicated to helping the people of Burkina Faso and Africa to gain access to clean water and sanitation.
As young girl, Georgie used to walk for 3 hours every day to fetch water. After traveling the world, Georgie went to visit her sister who was almost nine months pregnant. Her sister still needed to awaken between 2 am and 4 am to get water. Inspired by this experience and in response to the critical need for water and sanitation for tens of millions just like her sister, Georgie founded the Georgie Badiel Foundation in 2015.


Thank you to our generous corporate sponsors for their support and active participation in enabling the Georgie Badiel Foundation to carry out its mission.

Major Donors

Special thanks and acknowledgement to our major donors.
Jennifer Neagle

Schools & Community
Organizations Donors

Oceanside School
Bergenfield NJ Water Princesses