#24 Nema Bah, Pump Repair Continued

Location: Nema Bah, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description: As we said before this is the continuation of Pump #23 since we didn’t have enough money from one pump post to make all the necessary repairs for three pumps.  This once again illustrates the importance not just of providing technologies to poverty stricken regions of the world, but of providing Appropriate Technologies that can actually survive in the region.  These pumps installed by a very well meaning NGO are not appropriate for rural Senegalese villages.  It has cost us a lot of money to repair them, something that simply would not have happened if we didn’t step in.

Project Description: These pumps then aren’t ideal by any means and in many ways it would be better for the group if we replaced them with our model.  It was important however to show that they can be maintained by a local technician at an affordable rate.  Foreign Aid has taught people here to wait for outside solutions and gifts.  These pumps will show the village that they can do it themselves.  The three pumps we’re working on need complete overhauls.  The rest are still functioning and with maintenance shouldn’t ever need this kind of massive repair job.  The three we’re working on should be able to function with a little maintenance as well for another 5-10 years by which time, if they so desire, the village can raise the money to purchase new ones from our local source.  This is sustainability.  It isn’t the most giving solution, but it’s the most effective.

This investment will take away the uncertainty when repairs need to be made down the road.  Often times when looking at complex technologies, villagers will throw them away rather than try to fix them.  That won’t be the case for these pumps.

 Impact: 75 Women and girls who work in the garden will benefit from these pumps.

Peace Corps Volunteers Directing Project: Garrison Harward and Erica Berlin

Dollar Amount of Project: $150.00

Donations Collected to Date: $150.00 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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