Conclusion of Coumbadang Primary School Well Project – Senegal

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Charlene Hopkins. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to repair the school well structure.

Charlene reports:

The purpose of this project was to replace the well structure at the Coumbadang Primary School. 207 students (ages 6-13 years) attend the Coumbadang Primary School this school year. Students are from Coumbadang and four surrounding villages (Saare Aboudou, Saare Sadio, Saare Nappo, and Saare Yero Tenen).

On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 project materials (8 sacks of cement, 3 10 m lengths of #8 iron rebar, a pulley, a 10 m length of rope, and 2 buckets) were purchased in Kounkane, with materials transported to Coumbadang by villagers.

Thursday morning members of the parent-teacher association, Parents des Eleves, removed the existing structure and brought sand and gravel to the well site. The two-person mason team made 80 cement bricks on Thursday and put up the new improved well structure Friday.

The teachers and I have also begun our hygiene and wellness classes, with a class on hand washing (including demonstration) and a class on microbes (drawing what they think a germ looks like).

Now the Coumbadang Primary School has a new improved well structure with properly mixed cement and iron reinforcement. The students and teachers have a source of drinking, washing, and cleaning water. The students will also continue to gain knowledge on hygiene and wellness as classes continue and will be able to pass the information on to their families.

We extend our thanks to Charlene for completing this project, and again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding.