#25 Segou, Eco-Campament Well

Location: Segou, Kedougou, Senegal

Community Description: Segou is a small village of about 400 people situated in the southeast of Senegal just above the boarder with Guinea.  The village primarily farms corn because of the rich soil, but also has a lot of fruit trees, especially mangoes, because of the heavy rainfall here in the south of the country.  This is a much different environment then we work in over to the west in Kolda or up in the northwest by Toubacouta.  Compared to our sites its kind of like being in the Garden of Eden.

Because of the beauty of the area there is an Eco-Campament here that was actually created with the help of a Peace Corps Volunteer.  The Campament provides jobs for local villagers and contributes 15% of every stay to the village.  It’s really a great thing for everyone. I have to put in this shameless plug so anyone who might be interested here’s the contact info.  You won’t be disappointed.  Samale Diallo, Tel: 221772337650

We didn’t just come here though to stay in this lovely place. We decided to do pumps all the way out here because this is where it all started.  A little over a year ago David Campbell started producing pumps in Kedougou and held a training on their production for other volunteers.  This is where Marcie and I learned about pumps and first started planning our project.  We came to Segou to see a pump that had previously been installed at this Campament and to install one more with a local farmer.

Project Description: These pumps worked for a while but this original system just wasn’t very efficient and they eventually broke down.  The pumps sat idle until now.  We plan to go into the village and update both of these pumps to the new system and train new volunteers and the Kedougou pump producer on how they work.

Project Impact: The 10 people who work with the campament will directly benefit along with other families that live close to the well.

Peace Corps Volunteers Directing Project: Garrison Harward, Marcie Todd, and Kyle Deboy

Dollar Amount of Project: $150.00

Donations Collected to Date: $0.00

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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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