Zeala and Nci'Bugu Pump Project – Mali

Zeala and Nci’Bugu, Kati Cercle, Koulikoro Region, Mali

Community Description
The project community consists of two small villages one of 700 people and another of 250 people located in the rural Mali. Community members are subsistence farmers without access to electricity or running water in their villages.

The current Peace Corps Volunteer in Zeala and the Zeala Water and Sanitation committee designed and are currently implementing a WATSAN improvement project mainly to repair two existing pump structures, purchase a pump repair kit, and train repair men and women to fix the pumps. The project is going well and members from a neighboring village, Nci’Bugu where the volunteer has also begun work, participated in the formation of pump repair.

During the course of this formation, it was discovered that there were expensive parts in the pumps of both villages that need to be replaced. In particular, Nci’Bugu’s entire pump piston was replaced last year but, unfortunately, those who replaced it had put in an old part that is too heavy for the piping. The threading of a piece at the bottom of the cylinder was poor and parts of the pump have fallen into the forage.

Currently, Nci’Bugu’s pump cannot function and this is extremely difficult during this time of year in the middle of the hot season when the neighboring wells dry up. Women will soon need to walk at least 2 miles to a neighboring village to fetch water.

Due to a poor harvest season, the high cost of the needed parts, the absence of a source of credit for the village, and the short time frame, the villagers cannot afford to fix the pumps on their own.

Project Description
This project is to repair pumps in Zeala and Nci’Bugu.

The work will be done by villagers who have participated in the program and have gained sufficient skills to perform the repairs.

Project funds will be used to purchase the necessary parts and to pay for some of the labor.

The community will contribute 25% of the cost, plus whatever else may be required for completion.

Project Impact
The combined population of both villages, approximately 950 people, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Colleen Naughton

This project is vital for the health and well-being of the members of both villages. The newly trained pump repair team will ensure the maintenance of the pumps in the future.

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, with additional funds from Hope You Like It.

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