#15 Daro Keur Ibrahima Signane, Communtiy Garden

Location: Daro Keur Ibrahima Signane, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description: Daro is located just off the laterite road going from Toubacouta to Saloum Diane.  We first started looking into this village after the Keur Andallah pump when we literally stopped in on the bike ride home.  As soon as we did and saw their broken down water pump, we knew Daro had to be part of the project.  The village is small, only about 300 people, and predominately Wolof, but like everywhere in this region there are a few Mandinkans, Sereres and Pulaars. There is a primary school which almost all the children attend and a substantial community garden established by a previous Peace Corps Volunteer.  It is primarily an agricultural village and the people here are already excellent gardeners and farmers.  They  have had a wonderful relationship with Peace Corps over the years and are continually learning and expanding their efforts.

Project Description: The community garden provides 75 people with fenced in plots for vegetable production.  It sits within a flood basin which means that the water table is very high and perfect for rope pumps.  There are two wells in this space and thus we will be installing two rope pumps.  Pump #16 will be the second in this space.  These pumps will decrease crowding around the well and speed up the process of watering allowing more time to be devoted to trying new gardening techniques and increasing yields. 

Project Impact: All 75 members of the group will benefit from increased access to water.  This should lead to increased production which will then increase overall nutrition in the village for kids like these.

Comments: As we said this is the first of two pumps in this space.  We’re going to be trying to do more double installs like this in order to fully meet the needs of our villages. 

Peace Corps Volunteers Directing Project: Garrison Harward, Marcie Todd, and Amy Watts

Dollar Amount of Project: $100.00

Donations 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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