#26 Segou, Community Well

Location: Segou, Kedougou, Senegal

Community Description: We described the basics about Segou in the last post so with this one lets delve a little deeper into the individual receiving this pump.  Bucacar Diallo is a local farmer with one wife and seven children.  He’s the treasurer for the eco-campement and is passionate about promoting eco-tourism in his and surrounding villages.  He originally worked with David and the previous Segou volunteer when they first came to do pumps in his village and was very excited about the system saying that he wanted to start a personal garden once he had easier access to water.  His pump was the one that our group of volunteers installed during our pump training with David and as you can see he could have certainly made a nice garden.   Unfortunately though the well that the pump was on collapsed and he never ended up moving the pump to another one because the system was a little too complicated and intimidating.  He has a well in his personal family compound though and as soon as he heard we were coming he enthusiastically asked if we could help him install it there.

With more access to water he hopes to start his family garden there, which would be an excellent source of both nutrition and extra cash for everyone.  This leads to better health, better access to goods and services, and overall more stability for the whole family.  The pump should also ease the burden put on the women and girls of the family who currently have to pull water by hand many times a day.

Project Description: Bubacar graciously agreed to install the half well cap ahead of time so we will come in and provide new PVC piping, a rope and a turn block to update it to the new system.  The work will be done on the same day as the previous pump hopefully in time for everyone to get home before lunch!

Project Impact: This pump will directly help the 15 people living in the family compound along with several other families who live nearby.

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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