#31 Saare Bidji, Community Well

Location: Saare Bidji, Kolda, Senegal

Community Description: On the out-skirts of Kolda sits a small, one runway airport. Behind the airport, down a sandy bush path, which parallels a string of electrical poles, nestled in into a plethora of trees is Saare Bidji. Each plane that flies over Saare Bidji is a wondrous event as the children run to the fields to get a more clear view of the metal horse of the sky. Their gigantic smiles transition to excited screams, “abion, abion”, which is supposed to be avion, the French word for plane.

Saare Bidji is home to about 1,000 people and many more non-residents flow through during the year to either work in the school or in the fields. Saare Bidji is the capitol of its Rural Community, which is composed of 300 other villages ranging from 50 to 500 people per village. As the capitol, Saare Bidji owns a school, a health post, multiple government offices, and a home belonging to the president of the whole Rural Community.

Project Description: The president of the Rural Community built a well last year that is used by 60 families for all their daily water needs. We will install a Erobon Rope Pump, which will help these families pull more water in less time.

Project Impact: 60 families; approximately 480 men women and children

Peace Corps Volunteers Directing Project: Marcie Todd and Adrian Martinez

Dollar Amount of Project: $150.00

Donations Collected to Date: $0.00

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