#14 Dassilame Serere, Four Pump Repair

Location: Dassilame Serere, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description: Yep we’re back here in Dassilame Serere once again.  We’ve already described quite a bit about this village, but this is a good opportunity to emphasis one last facet of its personality.  Dassilame Serere is persistent!  Ever since we installed the first pump here the village has been requesting more and pushing for us to repair 4 existing pumps.  We initially held off wanting to spread the pumps far and wide while in the meantime Garrison helped them with other projects such as tree nurseries and improved gardening techniques.  They kept pushing though, and in the end that kind of persistence, enthusiasm and work ethic needs to be rewarded so here we are. 

Project Description:  Almost immediately after we installed the first pump, Lamine (our welder in Toubacouta) was approached by a private group wanting to install more pumps in the area.  This was a great opportunity for Lamine and thus he simply couldn’t refuse even though he really didn’t have the skills to be installing pumps on his own yet.  The site selected turned out to be a women’s group in Dassilame Serere.

Of course we would have offered to help, as the overall goal of the project is to establish pump producers who can have a profitable small business doing installs on their own, but unfortunately Garrison was out of village at a Peace Corps conference, and didn’t get back until the day of the install.  At this point it was too late to influence much and things just didn’t go well.  Corners were cut, as Lamine and the funders tried to finish 4 installs in one day and in the end only 3 pumps ever worked.  To make matters worse those 3 only worked for about a month before various problems cropped  up eventually making them completely unusable.  In a way, as much as we would like to blame Lamine or the funders for the spotty work this is our mess to clean up too.  We brought the technology to the area so its our responsibility to make sure it works. 

Project Impact: All 65 members of the group will benefit from increased speed pulling water and thus less congestion at the well.

Comments: This is a 4 for the price of 1 deal!  Since the pumps are already there all of the money goes to supplementary materials meaning that we can fix all 4 pumps for the price of 1!  Also notice the picture on the right.  There are two brand new wells being built here and if all goes well these could become part of our 52. 

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project: Garrison Harward and Marcie Todd

Dollar Amount of Project: $100.00

Donations Collected to Date: $0.00


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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