Top fashion model turned water activist Georgie Badiel founded her water-focused Georgie Badiel Foundation in 2015. Before launching her foundation, Badiel was Miss Africa in 2004, and then became a top fashion model working for luxury brands like Marc Jacobs and Oscar de La Renta. Georgie has graced the cover of fashion’s bible, and Women’s Wear Daily. Since its launch, the Georgie Badiel foundation has made water accessible to over 100,000 people in Badiel’s home country of Burkina Faso by building 5 wells enabling local communities to have access to clean water.
If tomorrow you woke up and had to change your career, what position/path would you choose?
I would love to become a doctor specializing in everything. I always love to help people.
What impact have you made to date in our home country of Burkina Faso?
The Georgie Badiel Foundation has reached 100,000 people with clean water. I am grateful to God for this achievement and I am thankful to each of our donors.
How did you become inspired to become a water activist- what is your personal story?
As young girl, I used to walk for 3 hours every day to fetch water. After traveling the world, I went to visit my sister who was almost nine months pregnant. She still needed to awaken between 2 am and 4 am to get water. This is what inspired me to start making a difference to the critical need for water and sanitation.
What advice would you give your younger self or someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
I will say stay true to yourself. Work hard because only hard work pays. No matter how hard it is, continue and your reward will be bigger than you expect but always put God first.
Tell me more about The Water Princess and how you co-authoring that book came about. Did it have a positive impact on your foundation?
I came up to share my childhood story a few years ago so I can make a real difference in our World. So many children across Burkina Faso and Africa need to be heard. I wanted to be their voice so my story is their story. The Water Princess created a great impact on the Georgie Badiel Foundation. Lots of schools have been supporting us. I would like to thank each of them for their love and support.
What is next for you- what do you plan to do with Georgie water?
Right now my biggest dream is to provide access to clean water to every person in my country, Burkina Faso. I created this social project Georgie Water that will give back to the cause. I am hoping that Georgie Water will be a big contribution to my dream.