#1 Dassilame Serere, Eco Campement Garden

Location: Dassilame Serere, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description: Dassilame Serere is a small village of just over 500 people located in the delta region of Senegal.  It’s primary source of income is agriculture, but because of the beautiful landscape of the delta filled with mangroves, birds, and plentiful marine life, it has also become somewhat of an eco-tourism destination and now has several small hotels called campements.  These along with the rest of the village are completely off the grid and rely solely on well water for drinking, irrigation, and other household needs.

Project Description: Pape Diouf, a native of the village, established one of these campements in 2007 and shorty after used  the proceeds from it to start a one hectare womens garden on the premises.  This garden gives local women a secondary source of income and allows them to increase the overall nutritional level of their households.  There is one well in the garden from which everyone pulls water.  The plan is to install one rope pump on the well to increase the overall ease and speed of watering this large space.

Project Impact: The 54 members of the women’s group will directly benefit from this pump along with many others who occasionally help with the garden.  This first pump will also expose other groups to this technology and encourage them to join the project or even look into purchasing a pump on their own.

Comments: For more information on Pape’s Eco-Capmepent check out his website: http://papediouf.uniterre.com/

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project: Garrison Harward

Dollar Amount of the Project: $100.00

Donations Collected to Date: $100.00 FULLY FUNDED!

Click here to donate this pump to Pape’s Garden!

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About garrisonharward

I am currently working for the US Peace Corps as a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent in Senegal. For the next 2 years I will be living in the small village of Dassilame Serere just north of the Gambia. I have no idea what this adventure will bring, but if nothing else it will make for entertaining reading!
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