52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 22 – Thiewol Lao, Master Farm
Lao, Kolda, Senegal
Off of a dusty dirt road an hour and a half from the city is a bustling small town called Thiewol Lao. From the outset one may not think anything special of the place, but once one mounts the hill they see nothing but green on either side on the decline. This is a feat in the hot season months.
Thiewol Lao is one of the 4 Master Farmer sites in Kolda. A master farmer receives instruction, funding, and ongoing support from Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff to develop one hectare of farmland into a demonstration plot. They display best practices with field crops, gardening, fruit trees, and natural resource management. The manifest success of these combined practices on one farm by an enthusiastic Senegalese farmer create an effective demonstration and inspiration for other farmers to adapt the practices as well.
Gano is a very successful master farmer and has absorbed all of the best practices. Even in the heart of hot season he is out working his garden and has high yields as proof of his success. Though he is the owner of the farm, his accomplishments are not solely his own to claim. His wife and children work just as hard and when one watches their work there is nothing to feel but hope for the future. Those in Thiewol Lao speak highly of Gano and what they have learned from his training days. Many of the women now use compost in their own gardens.
We are installing a rope pump on one of the wells at the demonstration site. The well connects to 3 basins via PVC pipe. There is a small basin attached to the well where one drains water that then flows to the other 3 basins. The water pump will make the basins fill a bit faster with less effort.
12 men, women and children will benefit from the project.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Marcie Todd, Mary Cadwallender and David Gloveski
The installation of the pump will not only help directly with Gano’s garden but will be proliferated through his passing on of the technology as part of his teaching effort.
Dollar Amount of Project
Donations Collected to Date
Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Paul Jackson, of Worcestershire, United Kingdom.
Paul was cameraman and editor of the great video produced by Claudio Von Planta that features Water Charity, filmed at the Water/Wo/Men event in the Maldives.
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.