52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 29 – Sippo, Community Garden 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.
Sippo, Fatick, Senegal
As you can probably tell by the pictures the village of Sippo is an Island village. It is located about 15 k into the delta off the coast of Toubacouta. The main source of income for the villagers comes from fishing and oyster collection, but they also participate in some small-scale farming and gardening activities. Culturally this is one of the most diverse villages we’ve ever worked in. They have Wolof, Serere, Mandinkan, and Pulaar families all living together in this remote community.
The village is a beautiful oasis surrounded by mangroves and forest located just outside of the Bamboung wildlife reserve. The village contributes to the preservation of the area and helps to run an eco-lodge called Keur Bamboung. If you’re ever in the area check it out. It is one of the true gems of Senegal.
Living on an Island is beautiful but it presents certain problems. Everything not directly pulled from the ocean is scarce here. That includes building supplies, medicines, staple foods like rice and millet, and also fruits and vegetables.
There is one women’s garden on the island which provides some food for the village, but production is not very efficient and with only one well, it is difficult to pull enough water for all the women who work there to water their individual plots.
We will be installing a rope pump on this well in order to increase their watering capacities so that they can produce more vegetables, leading to better self-sufficiency on the island.
All 35 women who work in the garden, along with their families, will benefit from increased watering capacities.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
This is an important project which will have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the people on the island.
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$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the Ricky Olson, of Deer Park, WI, USA.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.