Kerr Jarga Jobe Pump Repair Project – The Gambia

Kerr Jarga Jobe, Jokadu District, North Bank Region, The Gambia

Community Description
Kerr Jarga Jobe is a medium-sized Wolof community of about seventy compounds and about 2,500 villagers. The majority of the villagers are subsistence farmers raising coos, groundnuts and maize and rearing animals, such as cattle, sheep, goats, and chickens. The community has a solar water system with taps located throughout the village. Often however the solar power generated is not sufficient to meet the village’s water needs and the village must rely on hand pumps to fetch their water.

The village currently has two wells located on opposite sides of the village, one at the back side of the village and one at the village skills center. The well located at the back of the village has two hand pumps on one well, and they have both ceased to function. As no water can be drawn from this well, women from all parts of the village must use the pump at the skills center to fetch their water, putting considerable strain that well. Women often wait three or four hours to fetch water, and the pump is beginning to break down due to overuse.

Project Description
This project is to fix one of the pumps on the well located at the back of the village.

The project is being implemented under the direction of the area councilor and the ward development committee in collaboration with the village development committee. Project funds will be used to purchase replacement parts needed, re-cement the slab on the top of the well to avoid contamination, and pay for specialized labor to install these parts.

Project Impact
The project will benefit the entire community of 2,500 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Lindsey Green

Overcrowding at the village skill center well will be reduced, improving access to water for the community as a whole and easing the workload on women when fetching water.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed

$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, with the help of Lindsey’s friends and family.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Lindsey Greene of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Lindsey and/or those other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.