52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 13 – Dassilame Serere Eco Campament Pump Expansion Project
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.
Dassilame Serere, Fatick, Senegal
Dassilame Serere was the location of our very first pump! It is located in the delta region of Senegal about 25 km north of The Gambia. Since we were last here things have been changing a lot, in a relative sense compared to the rate at which things normally change here.
There is now another large gardening group, extensive improved rice cultivation, and even some new small businesses popping up. We wish we could say this was all due to Peace Corps, but in reality there have been a lot of new NGO projects coming in. The community is very lucky but they work hard to deserve everything they’re given, and it shows in the success of these projects.
Marcie further describes:
We’ve come back here to install a second rope pump in Pape Diouf’s women’s garden. Pretty soon after the installation of the first pump Pape approached us asking if it would be possible to put a pump on the second well since its closer to many of the women’s plots.
At first we were hesitant wanting to spread these pumps to as many villages as possible, but then it occurred to us that we may make a larger impact by installing within a smaller area and fully meeting the needs of the people there. This seems to be a better idea then only doing half the job in one garden in order to do half the job somewhere else. As such we are coming back to finish the job here!
On top of just the pump, Pape and Garrison are working on a basin project to help more easily distribute water out to the far corners of the field and fully take advantage of the increased efficiency the pumps bring.
All 54 members of the group will benefit from the increased efficiency of pulling water.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Garrison Harward and Marcie Todd
On top of the benefit to the women, the pump is also great for the campament and the tourist love it. It shows how innovative and forward thinking the village really is and is fun for the guests. Happy guests equals job security for the workers and a steady cash flow for upkeep which can be expensive after a hard rainy season.
Dollar Amount of Project
Donations Collected to Date
Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Caroline Fahmy of San Jose, 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.