52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 19 Thiawando, Community Well
This project is part of our 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks Program, being implemented by Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd and Garrison Harward. To read about the program and follow its progress, CLICK HERE.
Thiawando, Kaolack, Senegal
Pump #11 was our first project in this village, and if you go back and look at some of the pictures you’ll notice it was quite a bit greener the first time around. That’s the difference here between the rainy season and dry season, and why access to water is so incredibly crucial for local populations. Here in Thiawando things are very hot and dry but the population is still just as wonderful, hospitable, and hopeful as ever.
They are still hoping to start a community garden around the first well, but even before that happens several individuals are gardening in their homes and the pump is being thoroughly appreciated by the local cattle. It had some problems briefly and the women were up in arms until the village repaired it showing just how appreciated it was.
This is a village of over 800 people and with such a large population one pump on one well is helpful but it isn’t fully meeting the needs here.
There is a second well in the village about 100 m from the first which is actually slightly shallower and larger. This means that the pump should work even better here than on the first well.
The plan is to install this second pump to further increase access to fresh clean water and facilitate the future establishment of a second gardening space. This pump will also help to provide those living on the outskirts of the village with closer access to water. An extra 100 m to walk to the far pump doesn’t sound like all that much, but it sure feels like a lot with 40 liters of water on your head.
All 800 residents will benefit from the project.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Garrison Harward and C.J. Pederson
Dollar Amount of Project
Donations Collected to Date
Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Vicki Ringer, of Woodland Hills, CA, USA.
If you now contribute $150 (our new price, which includes labor), your name will be placed on the waiting list to adopt the next project in order.
If you wish to contribute less than $150, the money will be applied toward the overall program.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.