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52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 27 - Sare Samba Diaba

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 27 – Sare Samba DiabaThis project is part of our 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks Program, being implemented by Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd and Garrison Harward. To read about the program and follow its progress, CLICK HERE.

Location
Samba Diaba, Kolda, Senegal

Community Description
Sare Samba Diaba is a small village located east of Kolda near the miniature airport. It is lush and full of rich soil. The village loves fruit trees and farms corn, millet, and sorghum during the rainy season. There are very few working and potable wells in town, so many members of the community come to the chief’s well for their water needs.

Samba Diaba is home to about 250 people that the chief says is his job to take care of. This year he has over 1,000 trees in nursery and plan more for the coming year. His master plan is to add a live fence to all of the compounds near the main dirt road in hopes to prevent the massive erosion that runs away every water season. This year, the rains have already destroyed two cornfields and collapsed one well.

Despite the erosion, most people are thankful for the water because it means this year’s harvest will be big. Last year the rain started late and ended early leaving many families without food this year, so the rain is a blessing.

Project Description

The chief’s well is weakly reinforced with a small layer of cement and mud bricks. They use a rubber bag with lots of holes to collect water so that by the time the water rises 17 meters to the top, there is hardly any water in it and human energy gets wasted. We will be reinforcing the well walls and then installing the rope pump in the normal fashion.

Project Impact
82 men, women, and children will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Adrian Martinez and Marcie Todd

Comments
This project will have an immediate impact on the security and wellbeing of the community, and a long-range effect on its ability to meet its needs.

Dollar Amount of Project
$150.00

Donations Collected to Date
$150.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Susan Smith, of Rockville, MD.

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 27 – Sare Samba Diaba52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 27 – Sare Samba Diaba

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

Update of Gregorio Ferro-Cement Tank and Rainwater Catchment Project – Brazil

Update of Gregorio Ferro-Cement Tank and Rainwater Catchment Project – BrazilThis project, in Gregório, Queimadas, Bahia, Brazil, was completed in March, 2011 under the direction of the Instituto Diamante Verde (IDV).

We have received word from IDV that the area is going through severe drought. However, the tank that was built has served as a repository for water delivered by the government by tanker truck each day. Water is then delivered to the members of the community to serve their needs.

We are pleased to have been able to participate in this project, and share the pride of the community and IDV that the project has proven to be important to the welfare of the community and is a sustainable solution for its needs.

Conclusion of 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 26 - Segou, Community Well

Conclusion of 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 26 - Segou, Community WellThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd, Garrison Harward, and Kyle Deboy. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

Garrison reports:

This pump was our second install for the day, and from the moment we began, the clouds started building and we heard thunder in the distance. This was our only day to get the install done however, so we kicked it into overdrive and went for it.

When we arrived the pump was cemented onto the well just as Bubacar had promised it would be, but the cement was still wet so we had to be a little more gentle than usual. Bubacar was with us for the first install of the day at the campament so he was quick to help as we prepared.

He made a fire so we could melt the ends of the rope and expand the PVC pipe and sent one of his kids to bring back some things we forgot from the previous site. In Senegal age has a lot of importance which is great for the elders, but unfortunately leaves a lot of little tasks to the kids. Luckily they were happy to help as this was all very exciting and new for them.

Conclusion of 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 26 - Segou, Community Well Once we had all our materials, we threaded the rope and glued the pipe and then sat down for a little break while we waited for the glue to dry. We took this opportunity to make sure that Bubacar understood the system and how to trouble shoot any problems he might have. We also taught the Kedougou volunteer who wants to work with pumps how to tie our knot so he could remind the local producer how to do it in case he forgets.

Just as we were about to put everything down the well though, the clouds opened up and the first raindrops started falling. We quickly put away our tools and raced back to the campament to wait out the storm. It wasn’t too bad and really afforded us a nice break since we’d been working for quite a while at this point.

At about noon the rain stopped and we decided to get back to work. We arrived just as Bubacar was pulling out all of our tools and setting things up again. Apparently he had the same idea.

We quickly dropped the pipe down the well and connected the rope, and within 15 min this second pump was bringing up water. We couldn’t get it up to full speed because of the wet cement, but everyone was still thrilled and soon it was the typical scene of kids playing under the spout and lots of handshakes and thank you’s from the whole family. We said our goodbyes and made it home in time for lunch just as we had hoped.

This left the afternoon open for a little sightseeing. We hiked up to a waterfall about 3 miles outside Segou where we saw baboons, had a few minor injuries on the trail, and ended the day swimming in the falls. It was the perfect ending to a perfect double pump day!

Pump Output: 35 Liters/ Min

Total Number of People Benefiting: 15 people living in the family compound along with several other families who live nearby.

Funder: We are still seeking funds for this project.

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Conclusion of El Pital and Las Tablas Spring Catchment Project – El Salvador

Conclusion of El Pital and Las Tablas Spring Catchment Project – El SalvadorThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica Henry. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build a new spring water catchment box and retaining wall to serve the communities of El Pital and Las Tablas. It builds on the El Pital Spring Water Project – El Salvador in which two holding tanks for water were recently completed.

Jessica reports:

I am pleased to write with the results of the project from my former Peace Corps community of Caserio El Pital, Santa Ana, El Salvador. I was not in my community when the project was finished, but I recently had the opportunity to visit, take photos, and discuss the project results with the community leaders who implemented the project.

Conclusion of El Pital and Las Tablas Spring Catchment Project – El SalvadorI am extremely happy to report that the project was completed according to plan in late May, and the entire community has felt the positive effect of the recent construction made possible by the Water Charity funding.

Completed just under budget, the new expanded spring box supplies the ever-growing rural community with a greater, more hygienic supply of fresh spring water, while the new retaining wall protects the surrounding hillside from dangerous erosion that could lead to mudslides and the disappearance of the natural spring.

The community feels that the funds awarded to them for the two projects through my petitions were very important to ensure the stability of a safe water source for the expanding community.

The community leaders asked me to pass on their deep gratitude for the grants that have helped them preserve one of the few safe and natural sources of drinking water left in El Salvador.

We are grateful to Jessica for completing this project.

Conclusion of El Pital and Las Tablas Spring Catchment Project – El SalvadorConclusion of El Pital and Las Tablas Spring Catchment Project – El Salvador

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 26 - Segou, Community Well

This project is part of our 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks Program, being implemented by Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd and Garrison Harward. To read about the program and follow its progress, CLICK HERE.

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 26 - Segou, Community WellLocation
Segou, Kedougou, Senegal

Community Description
We described the basics about Segou in the last post, so with this one let us delve a little deeper into the individual receiving this pump. Bubacar Diallo is a local farmer with one wife and seven children. He’s the treasurer for the eco-campement and is passionate about promoting eco-tourism in his and surrounding villages. He originally worked with David and the previous Segou volunteer when they first came to do pumps in his village and was very excited about the system, saying that he wanted to start a personal garden once he had easier access to water.

His pump was the one that our group of volunteers installed during our pump training with David and as you can see he could have certainly made a nice garden. Unfortunately though, the well that the pump was on collapsed and he never ended up moving the pump to another one because the system was a little too complicated and intimidating. He has a well in his personal family compound though, and as soon as he heard we were coming, he enthusiastically asked if we could help him install it there.

With more access to water, he hopes to start his family garden there, which would be an excellent source of both nutrition and extra cash for everyone. This leads to better health, better access to goods and services, and overall more stability for the whole family. The pump should also ease the burden put on the women and girls of the family who currently have to pull water by hand many times a day.

Project Description
Bubacar graciously agreed to install the half well cap ahead of time so we will come in and provide new PVC piping, a rope and a turn block to update it to the new system. The work will be done on the same day as the previous pump, hopefully in time for everyone to get home before lunch!

Project Impact
This pump will directly help the 15 people living in the family compound along with several other families who live nearby.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Garrison Harward, Marcie Todd, and Kyle Deboy

Comments

Dollar Amount of Project
$150.00

Donations Collected to Date
$150.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Susan Smith, of Rockville, MD.

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 26 - Segou, Community Well52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 26 - Segou, Community Well This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 25 - Segou, Eco-Campament Well – Conclusion

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 25 - Segou, Eco-Campament Well – ConclusionThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd, Kyle DeBoy, and Garrison Harward. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

Garrison reports:

This work day could not have gone more perfectly. It started the day before in Kedougou where we purchased the supplies we needed and met with the Kedougou pump producer to describe the new system.

He unfortunately wasn’t able to make it to Segou but was thrilled to see and hear about the new system. We taught him how everything works and assured him that if he has any questions we’re here to help. Another volunteer who will be working with him on Pumps in Kedougou was able to attend the install so they should soon be able to start up production down here as well, with a little trouble-shooting of their own of course.

We went out to Segou later that evening and had a wonderful meal of funyo (a local grain similar to quinoa) and chicken. We were with a large group of volunteers who all agreed to help out at the campament with a myriad of projects in exchange for a free night’s stay. It was really a ball hanging out with everyone. Even so, we ended up going to bed pretty early as this was the 5th of July and we were all still a little tired from the 4th of July party in Kedougou.

The next morning we were up at dawn though, and at the pump stripping away the old material and getting everything ready. After breakfast the rest of the crew came down and started their various tasks. We took a couple of volunteers and prepared the pipe, threaded the rope and then dropped everything into the well. We connected the final pieces turned the handle and in less than an hour from when we started it worked!

I yelled up the hill “We’ve got water!” and everyone came running. The staff and owners of the campament were thrilled and just kept pulling up more water until the whole area was soaked. They thanked us profusely and kept saying how much better it was than the previous system. After much hand shaking we calmed everyone down enough to explain the system and what to do if they had any problems. We also connected them with the Kedougou pump producer in case they ever need to make any big repairs.

Pump Output: 35 Liters/ Min

Total Number of People Benefiting: 10

Funder: We are still seeking funds for this project.

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Sunsulaca Water System Project - El Salvador

Sunsulaca Water System Project - El Salvador This project is to build a new water tank for the communities of El Tablon, Los Fuentes and Agua Zarca in the town of Sunsulaca. It is being implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Elsa Augustine.

Location
Municipality of Cacaopera, department of Morazán, El Salvador

Community Description
Sunsulaca is a small community located in northeastern El Salvador in the municipality of Cacaopera in the department of Morazán. Sunsulaca is a rural, agrarian community that is located 9 kilometers outside of San Francisco Gotera, the capital city of the department of Morazán, and 160 kilometers from the country´s capital, San Salvador.

Guerrilla forces were based in this region during the Salvadoran civil war (1980-1992), and the fighting that occurred in the region did great damage and left Morazán the poorest department in all of El Salvador. Since the end of the war, Morazán and the rest of El Salvador have worked hard to develop infrastructure that is suitable for the ever-growing Salvadoran population, but this has proved a constant challenge, especially when it comes to finding secure, potable water sources. Sunsulaca Water System Project - El Salvador

The neighborhoods of El Tablon, Los Fuentes, and Agua Zarca within Sunsulaca have joined together to form a community water committee (Proyecto Comunitario de Agua Potable) to address their common need for potable water. This committee has successfully constructed a functional water system, but it is of insufficient capacity to meet the water demands of all community members, especially as the population continues to grow.

The committee constructed a large water tank at the edge of the river, from where all of the community water is drawn. This tank collects water, and then, using electricity, pumps the water up to a receptor tank, which is located at high elevation on the top of a hill, Cerro Caballo, in the center of the community. From there, by force of gravity, water runs from the tank into the households that are connected to the water system at set times every day.

While the mechanics of this water system work well, the water tank that serves as a receptor in the center of town is too small to pump water to all of the households in the community at a sufficient rate.

At the moment, approximately 85 households are able to receive water from this system every day, while there are more than 110 households total that would ideally be able to draw water from this source.

Sunsulaca Water System Project - El Salvador Those who are not currently connected to the water system are forced to travel to the river for all of their needs, whether it is to wash clothes and bathe in the river, or haul buckets of water back to the house for cooking and drinking. Also, those who are connected to the water system and do receive running water in their house still do not receive water at a frequency that would be ideal to meet all of their water needs.

The water committee has already taken measures to install a chlorification mechanism into the water tank, so the water that is reaching houses through the water system is treated and potable.

Project Description
Under the direction of the Proyecto Comunitario de Agua Potable (Community Potable Water Project), a large receptor tank will be built on Cerro Caballo, a hill that is central to the community, so that all households will receive potable water. The additional capacity will allow for water to be delivered for up to 5 hours each day.

The majority of materials necessary to complete this project have already been acquired through various donations. The land where the tank will be constructed was donated by a member of the community, and the water committee plans to do all of the labor themselves with the help of future beneficiaries of the water tank project.

Water Charity funds will be used to buy the remaining materials that are needed to complete construction of the water tank (sand, cement, bricks, and gravel), as well as to pay part of the daily fee of the carpenter who will lend technical expertise to the community members who do the manual labor.

Project Impact
This project will immediately directly benefit approximately 550 citizens of Sunsulaca in 110 households. As the community continues to expand in the coming years, an additional 15-25 people will benefit each year.

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project that will ensure a regular supply of safe water to 3 communities. It has tremendous community participation and support, and will improve the health and wellbeing of the entire town.

$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Debi Kerr and Charles Augustine, of Boston, MA, USA.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Elsa Augustine of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Elsa and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 25 - Segou, Eco-Campament Well

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 25 - Segou, Eco-Campament WellThis project is part of our 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks Program, being implemented by Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd and Garrison Harward. To read about the program and follow its progress, CLICK HERE.

Location
Segou, Kedougou, Senegal

Community Description
Segou is a small village of about 400 people situated in the southeast of Senegal just above the border with Guinea. The village primarily farms corn because of the rich soil, but also has a lot of fruit trees, especially mangoes, because of the heavy rainfall here in the south of the country. This is a much different environment than we work in over to the west in Kolda or up in the northwest by Toubacouta. Compared to our sites, it’s kind of like being in the Garden of Eden.

Because of the beauty of the area there is an Eco-Campament here that was actually created with the help of a Peace Corps Volunteer. The Campament provides jobs for local villagers and contributes 15% of every stay to the village. It’s really a great thing for everyone.

I have to put in this shameless plug to anyone who might be interested. Here’s the contact info. You won’t be disappointed. Samale Diallo, Tel: 221772337650

We didn’t just come here though to stay in this lovely place. We decided to do pumps all the way out here because this is where it all started. A little over a year ago David Campbell started producing pumps in Kedougou and held a training on their production for other volunteers. This is where Marcie and I learned about pumps and first started planning our project. We came to Segou to see a pump that had previously been installed at this Campament and to install one more with a local farmer.

Project Description
These pumps worked for a while but this original system just wasn’t very efficient and they eventually broke down. The pumps sat idle until now. We plan to go into the village and update both of these pumps to the new system and train new volunteers and the Kedougou pump producer on how they work.

Project Impact
The 10 people who work with the campament will directly benefit along with other families that live close to the well.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Garrison Harward, with Marcie Todd and Kyle Deboy

Comments
As the program heads toward the finish, the methods become refined and the effectiveness becomes evident. Most striking is the amount of education and training that takes place with every new installation.

Dollar Amount of Project
$150.00

Donations Collected to Date
$150.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Susan Smith, of Rockville, MD.

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This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

Conclusion of La Colorada Abajo Water System Project – Dominican Republic

Conclusion of La Colorada Abajo Water System Project – Dominican RepublicThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Sarah Casey. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was to construct a water distribution system in the community of La Colorada Abajo

Sarah reports:

During the project, community members collaborated to organize and carry out the construction of a water system including a spring protection, a storage tank, private tap stands, and 5 kilometers of pipeline.

Each family participating contributed one worker twice per week, and women helped to cook for the workers.

The goal was to have a working water system, and now each home in the community has water at their house. We also aimed to have a water committee that was trained to be able to maintain the system to ensure sustainability. The community did reach their goals.

There are 3 plumbers trained to take care of the water system. The water committee members built capacity in organizational and leadership skills. They are now capable of running a productive meeting and basic accounting skills. At a household level, women were trained in proper hygiene practices, as well.

The community will continue to maintain the water system by following a maintenance schedule and by addressing any unforeseen problems that should arise.

Additionally, they will continue to meet monthly to charge a quota and to address any issues among community members related to the water system that may arise. They will cover recurring costs through their quota collection. Each family pays 40 pesos each month.

After completion of the project and returning home after her Peace Corps service, Sarah went back to La Colorada, and further reports that “everything is still working great!”

Sarah previously completed the La Colorada Arriba Water System Tank Project - Dominican Republic.

We again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding for the Water Charity participation in this project.

Conclusion of 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 24 - Nema Bah, Pump Repair Continued

Conclusion of 52 Pumps – Senegal – Project 24 - Nema Bah, Pump Repair ContinuedThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteers Garrison Harward and Erica Berlin. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

Garrison reports:

The final two pumps in this garden contained just as much baggage, but after the first one we knew what to do and they went pretty smoothly. Pump number two had a mysteriously missing rope and a pipe that was too short for the current well water level. We’re in the middle of the rainy season but the wells here still haven’t replenished due to years of below-average rainfall. The water level should increase, but in the meantime the extended pipe here and new rope and other parts should do the trick.

The third and final pump had by far the most issues. Someone had tangled another rope in the pump rope and ended up pulling up the pipe in their attempt to fix it. We had to go into the well to get everything untangled and pulled up before we could continue. Once everything was detached we replaced all the broken parts, threaded a new rope in a new pipe and put it all together. And that was it. Water!

The day was very long indeed, but completely worth it when we had all three pumps up and running. A group of girls who were doing laundry by the wells that day wouldn’t stop giggling and thanking us and playing with the fixed pumps. We stopped off in the village on the way home and made sure that everyone had each other’s contact information in case future repairs are needed. Now that these pumps have a functioning support system they should help this group continue their gardening success for many years to come.

Pump Output: 30 Liters/ Min

Total Number of People Benefiting: 75 women and girls

Funder: Jennifer L. Gustafson

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