Salikenneh Village Water Project - The Gambia
Help Girls Stay in School
There is a lack of formal education in the community, and hence a high level of illiteracy. In fact, due to the remoteness of the area, most of the children have no access to formal education. The nearest school is in Jarumeh Koto about 6 kilometers away on a forest path.
The community is experiencing a severe water shortage. There is only one working well which is insufficient to meet the community’s demands for drinking water, not to mention for other household chores.
The project is to drill a 6-inch diameter borehole to a depth of 45 meters and install a hand pump.
The project will also include the construction of a concrete slab to cover the well, as well as a protection fence for the handpump. A brand new German Mark II handpump will be mounted.
A 2.4-meters by 1.5-meter-long concrete trough will be constructed as a drinking point for livestock. The system will supply abundant clean water for the villagers during the entire year and will help in the rearing of ruminants.
Gravel, sand, cement, iron rods and the making of bricks will be provided by the community as their contribution toward the project. Any needed manual labor will also be provided by the community. They will also host and feed the workers.
Water Charity funds will be used to pay for materials and skilled labor.
400 people will benefit from the project.
This project is expected to have a big impact on girls’ education, as girls will be freed up from the normal task of collecting water for the daily needs of the family.