Conclusion of Primary School of Xol Xol Niangen Water Project – Senegal
This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Elizabeth MacAfee.
To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
The project was to extend the pipeline to bring water from the village well to the primary school, and build a spigot to provide easy access to the water.
Thank you again for the support for the water project in Xol Xol Niangen.
Upon receipt of the funds, I took a car to the city of Touba about 3 hours from the regional capital of Linguere. The next day one of the teachers came to meet me and go to a hardware store where we purchased all of the necessary pipes and other materials.
Two days later there was a community action meeting, at which the village chief blessed the project and thanked me and the Peace Corps profusely for helping the children. That weekend the parent-teacher association came together and dug all of the required for the pipeline, and within days water was flowing at the school!
The teachers purchased a sack of cement to reinforce the pipe around the spigot and more effectively protected it from damage.
The school director and teachers are optimistic about the opportunities this opens up for the school. There is a school latrine that was built a few years ago, but it is filthy and they were not previously able to clean it because of the long distances they had to go to bring water. Now they can clean it, and teach students about the importance of sanitation and hygiene in the process.
They also feel that if they can get a hold of fencing, they should be able to create a school garden in the upcoming school year. Students and teachers alike are excited and motivated to see what they can make happen now that they have taken the first step towards developing their school.
We are grateful to Elizabeth for completing this project, and again wish to thank St. Johns United Church of Christ Sunday School for providing the funding.