52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 25 – Segou, Eco-Campament Well
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.
Segou, Kedougou, Senegal
Segou is a small village of about 400 people situated in the southeast of Senegal just above the border with Guinea. The village primarily farms corn because of the rich soil, but also has a lot of fruit trees, especially mangoes, because of the heavy rainfall here in the south of the country. This is a much different environment than we work in over to the west in Kolda or up in the northwest by Toubacouta. Compared to our sites, it’s kind of like being in the Garden of Eden.
Because of the beauty of the area there is an Eco-Campament here that was actually created with the help of a Peace Corps Volunteer. The Campament provides jobs for local villagers and contributes 15% of every stay to the village. It’s really a great thing for everyone.
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We didn’t just come here though to stay in this lovely place. We decided to do pumps all the way out here because this is where it all started. A little over a year ago David Campbell started producing pumps in Kedougou and held a training on their production for other volunteers. This is where Marcie and I learned about pumps and first started planning our project. We came to Segou to see a pump that had previously been installed at this Campament and to install one more with a local farmer.
These pumps worked for a while but this original system just wasn’t very efficient and they eventually broke down. The pumps sat idle until now. We plan to go into the village and update both of these pumps to the new system and train new volunteers and the Kedougou pump producer on how they work.
The 10 people who work with the campament will directly benefit along with other families that live close to the well.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Garrison Harward, with Marcie Todd and Kyle Deboy
As the program heads toward the finish, the methods become refined and the effectiveness becomes evident. Most striking is the amount of education and training that takes place with every new installation.
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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.