Coumbadang Primary School Well Project – Senegal

Coumbadang (Ndiyam Weli Mamadou), Department of Velingara, Region of Kolda, Senegal

Community Description
Coumbadang is a rural Pulaar village located about 14 km Southeast of Kounkane in the Kolda region. The village has about 350 inhabitants that make their living by subsistence farming.

Coumbadang has no electricity, running water, or health hut.

The Coumbadang Primary School is attended by students from Coumbadang and four surrounding villages (Saare Aboudou, Saare Sadio, Saare Nappo, and Saare Yerro Tenen). This year 207 children (ages 6-13 years) are attending the school.

Presently, the school well is in disrepair and there is no other access to water in the vicinity of the school property. The students, as well as the four teachers, do not have water for drinking, washing hands, and cleaning latrines and classrooms. This leads to dehydration of students, unsanitary conditions, and increased health risks.

Project Description
This project is to repair the school well structure.

The present structure will be taken down and replaced with a new and improved well structure. The well structure will be a cemented one-meter high wall, with wooden supports and crossbeam, and a pulley, rope, and bucket system.

Project funds will be used to purchase cement, iron bars for reinforcement, and the pulley, rope, and buckets. Funds will also be used to pay the mason to build the new, improved well structure.

The members of the parent-teacher association, Parents des Eleves (PDE), will remove the existing structure and clear the land around the well. Villagers from Coumbadang will transport materials to the school property, provide sand and rocks to mix with the cement, and provide wood for the supports and crossbeams.

The project also includes a series of general hygiene and wellness classes for the students, which will be performed by the teachers. Classes include hand washing, the germ game, microbe math, cover your mouth when coughing, how to properly flush a latrine, ways of disinfecting water, clean water math, and others.

Project Impact
207 students (ages 6-13) that attend the primary school and four primary school teachers will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Charlene Hopkins

A functional well will restore a safe and suitable learning environment at the school.

This project is sustainable in that it will result in a well structure that will serve for at least 15-20 years with minimal repairs.

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.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Charlene Hopkins of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Charlene 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.