Barkedji Sud Primary School Water Tap and Basin Project – Senegal
Barkedji, Linguere Department, Louga Region, Senegal
The vibrant community of Barkedji is 35 kilometers southeast of the departmental capital, Linguere, nestled in the semi-arid region of the Sahel. The community is home to approximately 250 family compounds. The population, consisting largely of subsistence farmers and animal herders, fluctuates between 2,000 and 4,000 people.
The project will be working with a primary school located in the poorer outskirts of the village, Barkedji Sud. This intervention is phase two of the Primary School Water and Sanitation Project – Senegal previously completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Ann Marie Albright. (She also finished the Barkedji Kindergarten Water Project – Senegal .)
In the prior primary school project, water was brought to the school and bathroom facilities were constructed for the growing school population, this year numbering 163 students.
The dynamic school director, Daye Sow, aims to integrate the community and school. Mr. Sow states that “the community needs to believe in education and needs to play an active role in supporting their children’s education”.
This project is to construct a water tap near the newly constructed bathroom facilities and basin at the site of a new community garden.
A trench will be dug and 30 meters of plastic PVC piping will be laid. Then a water tap will be constructed and a small half-meter square cement basin will be built to serve as a permanent sink for bathroom needs and hand washing.
The community has agreed once again to dig the trench to save on costs, and to bring the necessary sand for the construction.
Appropriate Projects funds will purchase the cement for the sink, PVC piping, glue and water tap. They will also pay the fee to transport the materials and pay all skilled labor.
Toward the end of integrating the school and community, a community garden will be created on school grounds. The school will provide the water, thanks to the previous Appropriate Projects project, and the parents of the students will provide tools and manage the garden. All proceeds will be split between parents and the school.
For the second part of this project, a square two-meter water basin, one-meter deep, will be built for water storage. The basin is essential for a successful garden in this semi-arid region, with the threat of water shortages.
Project funds will pay for the cement and for the skilled labor for building the basin.
The community will raise funds to construct a stick fence around the plot and purchase a hose and all other necessary tools to begin the community garden.
The 163 students of Barkedji Sud along with the 75 active members of the Parents Association will directly benefit from this project. The secondary health benefits of adding more vegetables to the village market will spread throughout the greater Barkedji community.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Ann Marie Albright
This project exemplifies the Appropriate Projects model of implementing staged projects that build upon the successes of their predecessors.
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$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.
We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Ann Marie Albright of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Ann Marie and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.