Well and School Garden Project - Senegal

Well and School Garden Project - Senegal

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

Well and School Garden Project - SenegalLocation
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Lxxxxxxx, Tambacounda, Senegal

Community Description
The village of Lxxxxxxx is an ethnically Pulaar farming village with a population of about 600 in the heart of the Boundou Reserve. The economy consists of millet and peanut farmers that rely on rainy season water to grow their crops.

There is a 1-room school that is attended by over 80% girls. Most families send sons to school in nearby Goudiry. Since Goudiry is a larger town, parents perceive the school to be better equipped for teaching, with more opportunities, a higher chance for migration to a city center, increased access to college, and increased chances of emigration for better economic opportunities.

The village is in an ecologically valuable reserve, and some local men work for free, part-time, as ecoguards, teaching the local population about both the value and maintenance of the different ecosystems, flora, and fauna. They are partnered with the school, and take the students on field trips, as well as involve them in land reclamation projects and other conservation efforts.

The one teacher is a Wolof man from the tourist town Mbour, who has for 4 years worked to grow the opportunities, especially for the female students. He himself has a daughter and wife in Mbour who he sees on vacations and in the summer. He is also now fluent in Pulaar.

Well and School Garden Project - SenegalProblem Addressed
The people of the village of Lxxxxxxx are experiencing water supply problems. The population draws water mostly from one well, then from rainy season streams (3 months annually). Two wells are functional for the whole Village. The animals drink from troughs from one, and the other is far from the people, providing water for a crops field. This well also dries up every year, so is not accessible year-round.

In addition, the school in Lxxxxxxx is a difficult walking distance from the village well. The students therefore have no choice but to share the responsibility of carrying water to the school for their needs (erasing the chalkboard, washing their hands, and using the latrine). This labor detracts from schoolwork as it is time consuming, and tiring.

The trees planted by the students and ecoguards are also in need of more than rainy season water, especially the fruit trees. Finally, the students are poor. The idea of a garden and the benefits it would bring (economic and health related) is an impossibility without a water source.

Project Description
This project is to build a well and create a community garden in Lxxxxxxx.

The well will enable the school to have water self-sufficiency, so the students can have water have water for drinking, using the latrine, erasing the chalk board, washing their hands, and for starting a garden.

Well and School Garden Project - SenegalThe school garden will benefit the health and wellbeing of the student body.

The construction time will be 4-6 weeks. At 1.5 meters in diameter, 2 meters will be hand-dug per day, for 30 meters. Lining will be added daily, made of iron, cement brick, and mortar. Cement over steel lining is to be added after the digging is completed each day.

Once the water table is reached, the bottom of the well will be built by sinking 2 pre cast concrete rings. Factored into the cost of well construction is a preventative structure.

At the top of the well, there will be a 3-meter cement ring on top of a gravel barrier. This serves to prohibit standing water, so as to protect the integrity of the well, prevent water from seeping into the well, and allow people to access the water safely.

A series of courses are already being taught by the PCV, and the ecoguards in financial and land management. The fence is complete around the school, so all that remains is a water source.

The community will provide locally-available materials, and housing the workers.

The local teacher and volunteer ecoguards are facilitating the building, maintenance, and operations of the well, garden, and live fencing in order to build the agricultural capacity of 85+ local students.

Additional lessons include safe water supply usage taught by a volunteer representative from the Service Regionale de l'Hydralique, food transformation taught by a volunteer representative from local food agency, Experna, and Financial Planning and Business Planning taught by the PCV. Finally, this project is of an ongoing nature; locals will be trained in project management.

Project Impact
Over 600 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Moriah Lee. Moriah previously completed the Well and Solar Pump Project - Senegal.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The financial commitment, in tandem with business planning, by M. Sokhone has demonstrated the town's desire for a well. The community is purchasing all of the tools to be used for the garden and well not covered by Water Charity funds.

Certain activities, including live fencing, will lower maintenance costs and increase the sustainability of the project and the future projects started by the ecoguards and students.

The inclusion of local experts, including women's groups, water specialists, ecoguards, and the teacher-planned teaching events, will create a series of stakeholders who can maintain the momentum of gardening dissemination after the well is completed.

A water source will allow the maintenance of reforested trees around the school (planted by Boundou Reserve Ecoguards with the students in 2016), which will instill in the students a sense of responsibility for the ecologically significant park in which they live.

Let Girls Learn
This project will accrue to the benefit of girls, who bear the main responsibility for retrieving water, and make up most of the school population. Easier access to water will make it easier for them to attend and remain in school.

Fundraising Target

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date


Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

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