Conclusion of Timbindallah Well Project – Senegal

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Ruth Nervig.

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

The project was to build a well at the women’s garden in Timbindallah

Ruth reports:

We finally finished the well for the Thimbindallah’s women’s garden.

The garden has taken a longer time than expected because the village chief designated a different spot for the garden, under the conditions that the former owner could plant and harvest this past rainy season crops. The large number of women in the village became difficult to organize into one garden, so we have split into two gardens, one for the Pulaar and one for the Saraholde women, because the two ethnic groups are distrustful of each other.

The Saraholde brought their money to add to the Water Charity funds in order to build a deep and durable well. Once the harvest was complete, the women found a well digger and he began digging.

With the completion of the well, we received Peace Corps Food Security funds in order to build a chain link fence. We then transplanted our seeds to the new garden space and got a late start on the cool gardening season.

Here are some testimonials:

“It’s because of the garden that we have hibiscus leaves and okra to make food at this time of year.” Mawdo Toure
“There are vegetables being sold at the market in our road town, but we can’t buy them. Because of this garden we can grow our own.” Masamba Sabali
“The well water is so clear and good for our plants.” Binta Samora

All of the women agreed at a recent garden meeting to continue to save their money each month to deal with any problems with the fence or well that will arise in the future.

We are grateful to Ruth for completing this important project, and again wish to thank her friends and family for providing the funding.