Solar Tap Extension Project - The Gambia

Solar Tap Extension Project - The Gambia

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Solar Tap Extension Project - The GambiaLocation
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Jxxxxx and Bxxxxxxx, Central River Region, The Gambia

Community Description
Jxxxxx is an ethnically Jahonka village in the Central River Region in the North Bank of The Gambia. Jxxxxx has a population of ~630 people according to the village census that the Village Health Worker completed with the Peace Corps Volunteer in July. There are 19 compounds and the entirety of the village population is reliant on the continued functioning of the solar tap system.

The existing solar power tap system has 3 tap locations in prime locations in the village. Bxxxxxxx is also an ethnically Jahonka village with a population of ~2,100 people, according to the village census that the Village Development Committee President completed, and ever increasing because of the presence of a prominent Imam residing there.

Solar Tap Extension Project - The Gambia

Problem Addressed
Currently, there is a solar tap system that serves as the sole source of clean water for Jxxxxx, Bxxxxxxx, Jxxxxx Lower Basic School and the Health Center located in between the two villages.

Because of increases in population, the current water supply system does not have enough capacity to supply sufficient water to both communities nor the local Health Center and School. This project will address the supply of inadequate water and access to potable clean water in new settlements in Jxxxxx and Bxxxxxxx.

Project Description
This project will increase the capacity of the current water supply in Jxxxxx and Bxxxxxxx. Water Charity funds will be used to pay for the following activities:

• Drilling a new borehole adjacent to the current borehole and water tower.

• Install 5 additional water collection points (4 in Bxxxxxxx and 1 in Jxxxxx).

• Connect to the current pipe network the grant fund will support the extension of pipe network of 556 meters to reach growing new settlements in the two communities (Jxxxxx and Bxxxxxxx).

Solar Tap Extension Project - The Gambia• Conduct hygiene and Sanitation, financial management, technical training on the maintenance of the system by the PCV and counterparts and contractor representative respectively for new Water Committee that will comprise representatives from the two the villages.

Project Impact

3,248 people living in the two communities, including 1,335 who are boys and girls under the age of 14, will benefit from the project.
 
Peace Corps Volunteers Directing Project
D. Warren and B. Richardson are managing this project.
 
Monitoring and Maintenance
A joint water committee will be trained on managing water systems, water sanitation, and water systems maintenance to prepare them for the improved and newly-installed water systems and overall sustainability. Thereafter, they will maintain and repair the system as needed.
 

Let Girls Learn
This is a Let Girls Learn project, as it will accrue to the benefit of girls, upon whom the burden of retrieving water usually falls.

Project Funding
This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.

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