#1 Dassilame Serere, Completion

I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t more than a little nervous to get this first pump installed.  This would be the test: would the pump have a high enough output, would the villagers actually like it, and most importantly, for this project anyways, would the installation be straightforward enough that we could actually install a pump every week for the next year.  I am happy to report that everything went amazingly smoothly.

We started by casting the pump into the half well cap, which turned out to be a little more difficult than I had anticipated.  I think I will be hiring a mason from now on to help with these.  Then came the waiting game.  After about three days the cap was cured enough to complete the rest of the installation.

We mounted the cap and the pump on the well and as you can see the women can still easily pull water from the other half of the well if the pump should ever break down.  Right now the gardening season is over and it has been about 8 months since it last rained but rest assured next season these fields will be filled with lush vegetables.

Pape was absolutely thrilled and now wants to build several basins throughout the field, connected with PCV piping, to easily bring water from this central source out to the far corners of the field.  This would drastically reduce watering time for many of the women.

Pump Output: 30 Liters/ Min

Total Number of People Benefiting: 54

Funders: Randy and Liz Harward


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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