Kuli Kunda School Well Repair Project - The Gambia
The Kuli Kunda school well was dug on 10 November 1996,
shortly after the school was established. The pump is used not only for
drinking water for the school's 100 children but also for the school
garden. In addition, problems with the village water supply have led to
many villagers coming to the school for water.
The well is very deep (45 meters), which makes it a challenge for the children to use even in the best of times. In recent years, the cylinder in the pump has become quite worn, and the suction is very weak, making the handpump ineffective and especially problematic for the younger schoolchildren to pump up and down. The oldest children in the school are in 6th grade, and recently it takes up to six minutes of constant pumping before ANY water begins to come.
A Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Kuli Kunda alerted Water
Charity, through its partner, GambiaRising, of water problems in the community
and in the school. After the evacuation
of Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide, as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, one
of GambiaRising's Coordinators, who is a teacher at the school, has worked with
Water Charity’s Country Director for The Gambia, Ebrima Marong, to identify the
most cost-effective solution for the school's problems. The repair
of the school well emerged as the best solution, as it will have immediate
benefit at a low cost.
This project is to replace the hand pump's cylinder, and also to replace any other worn parts in this 2- year old pump. In addition, a handwashing station for the school will be provided.
If sufficient additional funds are raised, the money will be used for an extra handwashing station and to improve the school's garden.