Conclusion of Basori Pump Repair Project – The Gambia
This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Rachelle Reynoso.
The project was to repair the double pump in Basori.
I worked with the water committee, comprised of the Kafoo (area) leaders, to begin to talk about the water issues in the village. We then started a bank account and began collecting money from the villagers to supplement the Water Charity funds, and also to save for when the pumps fail in the future.
Within 2 days of receiving the funds, a repairman came from the neighboring village to fix the double pump.
The pump now provides the only clean water in the village of 15,000. When I left in December the pumps were still working great.
The village is very happy to once again have access to clean drinking water.
After talking with the nurse in the village and looking at the data of cases of diarrhea, we noticed a significant drop in the number of such illnesses.
This project represents a first step toward creating a system that will be sustainable for the future. The village is now working with another local NGO to get their solar pump system fixed using the money they have saved.
Thank you so much for you contribution. It is invaluable to the people who can now drink clean water and keep themselves and their families healthy.
We are grateful to Rachelle for completing the project, and again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding.