#29 Sippo, Community Garden Well

Location: Sippo, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description: As you can probably tell by the pictures the village of Sippo is an Island village.  Its located about 15k into the delta off the coast of Toubacouta.  The main source of income for the villagers comes from fishing and oyster collection, but they also participate in some small scale farming and gardening activities.  Culturally this is one of the most diverse villages we’ve ever worked in.  They have Wolof, Serere, Mandinkan, and Pulaar families all living together in this remote community.

The village is a beautiful oasis surrounded by mangroves and forest located just outside of the Bamboung wildlife reserve.  The village contributes to the preservation of the area and helps to run an eco-lodge called Keur Bamboung.  If you’re ever in the area check it out.  Its one of the true gems of Senegal.  http://oceanium.ak-project.com/L-ecolodge-Keur-Bamboung.html

Project Description: Living on an Island is beautiful but it presents certain problems.  Everything not directly pulled from the ocean is scarce here.  That includes building supplies, medicines, staple foods like rice and millet, and also fruits and vegetables.  There is one womens garden on the island which provides some food for the village, but production is not very efficient and with only one well it is difficult to pull enough water for all the women who work there to water their individual plots.  We will be installing a rope pump on this well in order to increase their watering capacities so that they can produce more vegetables leading to better self sufficiency on the island.

Project Impact:  All 35 women who work in the garden along with their families will benefit from increased watering capacities.

Peace Corps Volunteers Directing Project: Garrison Harward

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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