#13 Dassilame Serere, Eco Campament Pump Expansion

Location: Dassilame Serere, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description: Dassilame Serere was the location of our very first pump!  Its located in the delta region of Senegal about 25km north of the Gambia.  Since we were last here things have been changing a lot.  Well in a relative sense compared to the rate at which things normally change here.  There is now another large gardening group, extensive improved rice cultivation, and even some new small businesses popping up.  We wish we could say this was all due to Peace Corps, but in reality there have been a lot of new NGO projects coming in.  The community is very lucky but they work hard to deserve everything they’re given, and it shows in the success of these projects. 

Project Description: We’ve come back here to install a second rope pump in Pape Diouf’s women’s garden.  Pretty soon after the installation  of the first pump Pape approached us asking if it would be possible to put a pump on the second well since its closer to many of the women’s plots.  At first we were hesitant wanting to spread these pumps to as many villages as possible, but then it occurred to us that we may make a larger impact by installing within a smaller area and fully meeting the needs of the people there.  This seems to be a better idea then only doing half the job in one garden in order to do half the job somewhere else.   As such we are coming back to finish the job here!  On top of just the pump, Pape and Garrison are working on a basin project to help more easily distribute water out to the far corners of the field and fully take advantage of the increased efficiency the pumps bring.  

Project Impact: All 54 members of the group will benefit from the increased efficiency of pulling water. 

Comments: On top of the benefit to the women, the pump is also great for the campament and the tourist love it.  It shows how innovative and forward thinking the village really is and is fun for the guests.  Happy guests equals job security for the workers here and a steady cash flow for upkeep which can be expensive after a hard rainy season.  The roof of the kitchen fell in this year as you can see.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project: Garrison Harward, and Marcie Todd

Dollar Amount of Project: $100.00

Donnations Collected to Date: $100.00 FULLY FUNDED!

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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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