#19 Thiawando, Community Well

Location: Thiawando, Kaolack, Senegal

Community Description: Pump #11 was our first project in this village and if you go back and look at some of the pictures you’ll notice it was quite a bit greener the first time around.  That’s the difference here between the rainy season and dry season, and why access to water is so incredibly crucial for local populations.  Here in Thiawando things are very hot and dry but the population is still just as wonderful, hospitable, and hopeful as ever.  They are still hoping to start a community garden around the first well, but even before that happens several individuals are gardening in their homes and the pump is being thoroughly appreciated by the local cattle.  It had some problems briefly and the women were up in arms until the village repaired it showing just how appreciated it was.  This is a village of over 800 people and with such a large population one pump on one well is helpful but it isn’t fully meeting the needs here.

Project Description: There is a second well in the village about 100m from the first which is actually slightly shallower and larger.  This means that the pump should work even better here then on the first well.  The plan is to install this second pump to further increase access to fresh clean water and facilitate the future establishment of a second gardening space. This pump will also help to provide those living on the outskirts of the village with closer access to water.  An extra 100m to walk to the far pump doesn’t sound like all that much but it sure feels like a lot with 40 liters of water on your head.

Project Impact: All 800 residents will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteers Directing Project: Garrison Harward and C.J. Pederson

Dollar Amount of the 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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