52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 27 – Sare Samba Diaba
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.
Samba Diaba, Kolda, Senegal
Sare Samba Diaba is a small village located east of Kolda near the miniature airport. It is lush and full of rich soil. The village loves fruit trees and farms corn, millet, and sorghum during the rainy season. There are very few working and potable wells in town, so many members of the community come to the chief’s well for their water needs.
Samba Diaba is home to about 250 people that the chief says is his job to take care of. This year he has over 1,000 trees in nursery and plan more for the coming year. His master plan is to add a live fence to all of the compounds near the main dirt road in hopes to prevent the massive erosion that runs away every water season. This year, the rains have already destroyed two cornfields and collapsed one well.
Despite the erosion, most people are thankful for the water because it means this year’s harvest will be big. Last year the rain started late and ended early leaving many families without food this year, so the rain is a blessing.
The chief’s well is weakly reinforced with a small layer of cement and mud bricks. They use a rubber bag with lots of holes to collect water so that by the time the water rises 17 meters to the top, there is hardly any water in it and human energy gets wasted. We will be reinforcing the well walls and then installing the rope pump in the normal fashion.
82 men, women, and children will benefit from the project.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Adrian Martinez and Marcie Todd
This project will have an immediate impact on the security and well-being of the community, and a long-range effect on its ability to meet its needs.
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$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Susan Smith, of Rockville, MD.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.