#9 Thies, Peace Corps Training Center

Location: Thies, Senegal

Community Description: As we’ve said before, this project isn’t just about installing 52 pumps.  That’s only the beginning.  The real benefits will come from the knowledge we gain, the technicians we train, and the infrastructure for  pump production that we establish as a result of this initial run.  In keeping with that vision this week’s community is a little different from our usual demographic.  Welcome to the Peace Corps Training Center located in the regional capital of Thies.  This beautiful complex of old colonial buildings and gardens was our first home here in Senegal when we arrived as wide eyed trainees.  Every volunteer spends their first 9 weeks here and in surrounding villages learning local languages, receiving technical training, and learning the cultural skills they will need to be effective volunteers in the field.  This is also the site of In Service Training where volunteers further specialize their technical skills and learn about appropriate technologies such as rope pumps.  This center isn’t just for volunteers though; it serves as a resource for the Senegalese people throughout the year through Master Farmer trainings, and Counterpart Workshops where volunteers and Senegalese partners from each village learn how to best collaborate during their two years of service.   Finally this center also holds international conferences where volunteers from other Peace Corps countries come to share best practices and collaborate on large international projects such as the new initiative to stomp out Malaria in Africa.  It is truly an asset to Senegal and Peace Corps West Africa as a whole.

Project Description: In order to better support the training of Senegalese counterparts and PCV’s in rope pump technology we will install a demonstration pump at the Training Center.  This unit will be mounted on an oil barrel rather than a well so that the entire rig will be portable and able to be taken to different sites to demonstrate the technology and teach welders how to construct the pump.  There is only so much that can be learned from looking at diagrams, with a functioning demo model it will be possible to establish new producers in more remote areas away from the Kolda and Kaolack regions where we currently work.

Project Impact: New trainees, current Senegal volunteers at trainings, volunteers from other Peace Corps countries at conferences, and local farmers and welders will all benefit from this pump. All told between 100-200 people a year.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project: Garrison Harward

Dollar Amount of the Project: $100.00

Donnations Collected to Date: $100.00 FULLY FUNDED


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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2 Responses to #9 Thies, Peace Corps Training Center

  1. Christina Fernandez and Jim Willems says:

    I understood that this was the project that our donation funded. Is that right? There’s a relatedness impact in knowing–so thank you for confirming or otherwise letting us know the scoop.

    Best and Blessings,
    Christina and Jim

    • garrisonharward says:

      Hello Christina and Jim,

      Yep this is the one you sponsored. Sorry for any confusion, we’ve been lucky to have donations stacking up but it makes it a little harder to promptly credit those responsible. Once again thank you so much for the support. We will post the conclusion by the end of this week along with your names.


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