Community Description: Massarinko is a small agricultural village of 416 people located just north of the Gambia and 9k west of Karang. This unique community lies at a crossroads of both country and ethnicity and is therefore very diverse. The majority of people are Mandinkan but there are also sizable Serere and Wolof populations and even a few Pulaar families. This means that on any given day one could hear 6 different languages walking through town (that includes Senegal’s national language of French and English because of us PCV’s). Most of the village’s income comes from farming Peanuts, Millet, and Rice, which are both subsistence and cash crops. A secondary source of income which the village is looking to expand is herding cattle.
Project Description: There is currently a small basin next to the well where most of the village’s cattle come to drink. The basin is often completely dry as it is hand filled with water pulled from the well. This means that the cattle often don’t have enough to drink. In Senegal the dry season is hard on everyone, but it is especially difficult for livestock. The main road from Sokone to Kaolack is littered with carcasses of cows and sheep that didn’t make it through the hard times. The goal of this project is to install a rope pump on the well to ease the difficulty of filling this basin, while also helping the women of the village to more easily pull water for standard household needs such as cooking, bathing, and washing clothes.
Project Impact: While Massarinko has a total of 6 wells, the majority of the households pull water from this one because it is centrally located right next to the Mosque. As a result about 150 people will benefit from this pump, along with around 200 cattle and some sheep and goats too. In reality though if the pump allows the village to increase cattle production then the impact will be much greater as everyone will benefit from increased income and nutrition.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project: Garrison Harward & Will Leborgne
Dollar Amount of the Project: $100.00
Donations Collected to Date: $100.00 FULLY FUNDED!