52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 07 – Keur Andallah
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.
Keur Andallah Willane, Fatick, Senegal
Keur Andallah is definitely the most remote village I have worked in thus far into our project. This point was driven home full force as I rode my bike, before sunrise, the 24 kilometers from the main road to Saloum Diane and then another 3 kilometers on sand into the bush to get to Keur Andallah.
The remoteness of the village has its benefits though as it is situated right next to a national forest and has a multitude of birds, monkeys, jackals, and other wildlife. This brings in tourism from Toubacouta and also allows the villagers to supplement their nutrition through occasional hunting.
The village itself is beautiful and, as a result of the sheer number of Mango trees, is considerably cooler than the surrounding fields. The main crop here is peanuts along with some millet and corn, but the really unique thing about Keur Andallah is that right outside the village is an amazing riverbed area with several pools of water that last year round, even through the dry season. This allows for intensive gardening activities, which this motivated village takes full advantage of.
In the women’s garden there are no cement wells, because all the women have to do is dig down about 1 meter before they hit water. Everyone just digs little wells close to their plots rather than using a single central well. They grow vegetables in the dry season and when the riverbed gets flooded they switch to rice.
While pulling water is not a problem out in the gardens, it is an issue in the village where the three community wells are at least 10 meters deep.
We’ve decided to put a pump on the most central and cleanest well, the one from which most people actually drink. There are often upwards of 15 women standing next to the well waiting to use the one pulley and bucket.
The 200 people who use this well daily as a drinking source will directly benefit along with anyone staying in the Health hut situated just 10 meters away.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Garrison Harward and Emily Tran
This pump will help to speed up the process and lower the risk of contaminants falling into this primary drinking source.
Dollar Amount of Project
Donations Collected to Date
Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Walter Wilhelm, of Salt Lake City, UT, 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.