#20 Saare Dagua, Community Well

Location: Saare Dagua, Kaolack, Senegal

Community Description: The village of Saare Dagua is located within walking distance of Thiawando, only about one kilometer away.  Immediately after we installed #11 several prominent members of the village came to see it and started inquiring about getting one of their own.  By immediately we mean they came for lunch and tea the same day we finished the install.  Villages in Senegal are tied together very closely often intermarrying and sharing in all sorts of ceremonies and traditions.   This means that even if there is only a dirt path between them, news like a new pump travels instantly.  By the end of our traditional three rounds of tea together we had promised to come back and take a look at least.

Thiawando has a fairly diverse population of many different ethnicity’s.  Saare Dagua on the other hand is 100% Pulaar.  As such they are primarily herders and have a lot of cattle.  As Pulaars they also have a very strong joking relationship with Sereres.  My Senegalese village and language is Serere so I got plenty of jokes from the elders about how much millet and beans I like to eat (Trust me this joke is very funny here).  The joking is always lighthearted as Sereres and Pulaars intermarry and often speak each others languages and we quickly put our differences aside and got down to business.

Project Description: There is a central well which is used by the entire village to water their cattle.  There is a nearby basin just far enough from the well that its not being used, but close enough that with a pump and extended pipe they could fill it easily and more efficiently and regularly provide water for the cattle.  The well is the closest clean fresh water source for drinking and washing as well.

Project Impact: All 340 members of the village will benefit from the increased efficiency of pulling water.

Comments: With the close proximity of this pump to the two in Thiawando and with their close inter village partnerships this pump will have a great built in support system to ensure its maintenance and proper use into the future.  

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

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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