52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 04 – Samba Thika
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 Thika, Kolda, Senegal
Samba Thika is one in a cluster of 3 small villages. There are less than 100 people living here, about 23 k North of Kolda. The terrain is hilly and serene. Though it lacks vegetation, there is something magical about the village itself. It is somewhat of an oasis in a vast expanse of tall brush, and when you step into the village perimeter you feel at least 5 degrees cooler from the sheer amount of trees the village has planted.
As is the case with most Pulaar villages in Senegal, their primary sources of income are agriculture and raising cows. They grow veggies in the wet season, pick mangoes in the dry season, and raise cows for yogurt and milk all year around.
Half of Samba Thika is one family. The family compound has 46 members most of whom are children. The new Mayor of the village, Samba Balde, is highly motivated and is helping the women of Samba Thika start a community garden, and searching for funds to build a health post in town.
The plan for the pump in Samba Thika is slightly different from that of the pumps previously built. First off, the well is square and the walls are narrow, which may prove to be a small issue for the mason. Also, it is interesting in its placement. We have decided to place this pump at an individual’s house and not in a group space. This may seem a bit odd, but this one house makes up more than half of the members of the village, and of the 2 wells in village, this one is the cleanest.
All 98 people in town will benefit from the installation, as they all use the compound’s well for drinking water.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
This project once again demonstrates the insight and flexibility that the team must exhibit in order to keep this program on schedule, within budget, and successful.
Dollar Amount of Project
Donations Collected to Date
Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Mara Hunter Redden, of Ojai, CA, USA.
If you now contribute $100, your name will be placed on the waiting list to adopt the next project in order.
If you wish to contribute less than $100, the money will be applied toward the overall program.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.