Niani District Water Project - The Gambia

Niani District Water Project - The Gambia

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Niani District Water Project - The GambiaLocation
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Xxxxxx Xxxxx, Niani, Central River Region, The Gambia

Community Description
Xxxxxx Xxxxx is a small village located in the Niani district of the Central River Region in the Gambia. The village contains 11 large multi-household compounds that are ethnically Wolof, with the exception of one Fula compound. Some features of the village include a small government health post on the outskirts, a mosque, and a small family run Quranic school. The nearest lower basic school is located in the next village 2 kilometers away and there is a full cycle school about 5 kilometers away.

The main source of livelihood is farming and the crops are mainly coos and groundnut. There is also a large focus on gardening outside the village near naturally occurring tributaries of water due to lack of water availability in the village. Due to its small the size, the village has a very strong sense of community and shared burden of work.

Niani District Water Project - The GambiaProblem Addressed
The only sources of water are 3 open wells located in the village and one tap that is located at the health post just outside the village.

During an initial community needs survey, every compound in the village listed lack of closed water source as a problem that they would like addressed. All but one of the compounds stated that they fetch their water exclusively from the open wells because the amount of water needed to meet each family’s demand, in conjunction with the distance from their compound to the tap, does not make it a feasible option for them.

All interviewees also stated that at least one child in their compound had suffered from diarrhea within the week prior and ranked diarrheal disease as one of their main concerns.

According to clinic records diarrheal disease accounts for 40% of the cases seen. The burden of water fetching inevitably falls to the women and girls of the village, so a large part of their days are taken up by drawing up the water and transporting it to the compounds. There are also large wait times since there are 3 wells to serve the water needs of the entire community of 300 people

Project Description
The project will provide a water system throughout the community, and convert an existing concrete-lined well in the village to a solar powered borehole.

Water Charity funds will be used to finance the implementation of the following activities to complete the project:

(i) Installing 336.4 meters of PVC pipe network connecting to the existing well,

(ii) purchasing and installing four taps,

(iii) purchasing of Grundfos SQ Flex 11-2 pump, four 250-300W solar panels, provision of metal tower and welding of the panels onto it to protect them from breakage and potential theft,

Niani District Water Project - The Gambia(iv) erecting and installing a 4,000L water tank,

(v) paying for the skilled labor to connect solar power source to the Grundfos pump and

(vi) installing a concrete slab to cover the well to close the water source, protecting it from contaminants.

The community will contribute 25% of the total cost through a combination of in-kind labor supervised by the contractor, food and lodging for skilled personnel, as well as an initial monetary contribution.

The collection of these funds and organization of the community labor force will be supervised by the village water committee composed of three men and four women from several compounds in the village.

The contracting company used for the project will be Waterpoint. The community labor contribution will be the excavation of trenches and laying of pipes to connect the borehole to the taps. Meetings of people that form the village water committee facilitated by PCV counterpart (and head nurse of the local health post) Tamba Sabally have already begun.

An initial fee of 100 dalasi per adult will be collected and contributed to the cost of the installation. Following the completion of the project, the water committee will supervise the collection of a 10 dalasi monthly payment to a village fund that will be kept to pay for future repairs or maintenance on the taps and borehole system.

Following completion, two specific trainings will take place in the village: One will be led by the PCV and staff from Waterpoint on proper tap maintenance and another led by health post staff on water sanitation and hygiene as well as proper water storage.

Project Impact
300 people, the entire village population, will benefit from the project.

Niani District Water Project - The GambiaNiani District Water Project - The GambiaPeace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
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Monitoring and Maintenance
The PCV and counterpart will use the project logic model of intervention to monitor the implementation of the project activities and to track project performance. Similarly, the model will be used to evaluate the immediate outcomes (impacts) of the project as well as the long-term impact whether the intervention has achieved the expected objectives and goal of the project.

The PCV and counterpart will use Peace Corps water, sanitation, and hygiene data collection tools to collect the relevant figures during the project implementation. The volunteer has also recommended that a replacement volunteer be placed in Xxxxxx Xxxxx after her departure to provide support as well as continue monitoring and evaluation.

Sustainability of a clean water supply is the goal of this project. The PCV and the counterpart will further train the water committee members on basic financial administration and management procedures to ensure financial records are up to date and funds are available to pay for routine maintenance cost at all times.

Let Girls Learn
This project qualifies as a Let Girls Learn project because the goals include:

(i) Providing more time for girls to attend school and spend more time studying due to a decrease in the amount of time it currently takes to fetch water,

(ii) higher rates of school attendance for both boys and girls because rates of diarrheal diseases will decrease,

(iii) improved health among all members of the community due to access of clean water for drinking and cooking.

Funding
This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.

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