Conclusion of Medina Abdoul Well Project – Senegal

This project has been successfully completed, under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Megan Thompson. To see the history of the project CLICK HERE.

The project was to construct a well, to be used as a source of potable water for the village and as a year-round source of water for gardening.

Megan reports:

The well for the community garden of Medina Abdoul was finished in early May and fencing for the garden was finished in June. The village is delighted to have a quarter hectare garden but are they are thrilled to have a well that, as they have said it, “will never run dry.”

The well was dug down to 7 meters which was when, no matter how fast the masons dug or the women bailed, they could not overcome the water that sprang out of the ground.

The well was dug at the height of the dry season and now, with the rains in full swing, the water level has risen another meter.

Abba Seydi, a prominent woman in the community, has taken to showing every guest who comes to the village the well, and then demonstrating how the water is as deep as she is tall. The depth is especially nice because the well is also very wide allowing for two pulleys to be put up allowing more people to use the well at once.

Recently we held a gardening training and all the participants, including those who were not residents of Medina Abdoul, pulled water and commented on how much water there was and how much easier gardening will be with this well.

Megan concluded:

The garden project would have never happened if Appropriate Projects hadn’t stepped in and helped finance this well.

Thank you everyone who donated to this project. You have made a significant impact on the lives of my village and they (and I) are extremely grateful for your contributions. On Jaraama. Thank you.