Conclusion of Dimboli Community Garden Well Project – Senegal

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Christopher Cintas.

To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to upgrade the well at the Dimboli community garden and fruit tree orchard by increasing its depth and reinforcing its walls.

Christopher reports:

The process and completion of the Dimboli Community Well was smooth and simple due to the Community’s dedication and initiative to have all necessities ready for the day, as the Community calls it, “the money arrived.”

Digging commenced as soon as the car arrived from Kedougou delivering the cement and rebar. All hands came on board to help pull dirt out of the well and begin mixing cement or cutting rebar. The Community of Dimboli had a goal set to complete the well within a week in order to get their rainy season pepiniere started.

The Community of Dimboli would have made this goal if they didn’t have to wait a few days for the initial water reached to dry before starting to dig again. The well was completed in a total of 12 days, with a total of 4 meters added to the depth of the well and now has a plastic blue tarp over it to prevent the sun from evaporating the water.

The Community is now busy collecting and sending Mangoes to Kedougou and as far as Tamba but has also begun filling tree sacs for live fencing and new mangoes to be planted at the end of the rainy season. They have also gotten an early start on their rainy season pepiniere in hopes to have an early and strong harvest this year. All of this was made possible with the newly-acquired access to water.

On behalf of the people involved with the Dimboli Community Garden, Mamdou Diallo, Head of the Dimoli Community Garden, wants to thank Peace Corps and Appropriate Projects for helping them obtain an improved well that will supply the Community today and tomorrow with water to be used for the year round growth and expansion of the Dimboli Community Garden.