Dimboli Community Garden Well Project – Senegal

Dimboli, Kedougou, Senegal

Community Description

Dimboli is the capital of the Dimboli Community Rurale, located about 40 km South East of Kedougou City. It has a population of about 1,500 people, most of whom are between the ages of 5-18 years of age.

Home to the only college in the Community Rurale, Dimboli is trying to keep up with the rapidly progressing modern world but is having difficulty doing so because their main source of income is still farming, gardening, and fruit tree production.

The Dimboli community garden currently serves as the main source of income and food due to its large amount of mangoes and the rainy season farming. The garden also serves as a training and practice ground for improved farming and tree technologies.

The Peace Corps Volunteer, with the help of Dimboli farmer Mamadou Diallo and NGO “Trees for the Future,” has conducted two consecutive tree demos at the garden in which he taught, demonstrated, and extended different techniques for using, planting, and maintaining both fruit trees as well as live fencing species.

Unfortunately, most of the techniques are difficult to sustain without a constant source of water to give the plants a strong head start in the dry season before out-planting in the rainy season.

Project Description
This project is to upgrade the well at the Dimboli community garden and fruit tree orchard by increasing its depth and reinforcing its walls.

To improve the depth and strengthen the well the community of Dimboli has already found a well digger and pooled money together to buy the majority of the materials needed. In addition, the community will house and feed the digger.

The well digger will patch the walls of the well with rebar and cement as well as increase the well depth by 8-10 meters, bringing the total depth of the well to 18-20 meters. The well is located next to a river, and the depth estimate has been confirmed by consultation with other well diggers.

Water Charity funds will be used to buy 6 bags of cement and 2 bundles of rebar, and to pay the transportation costs to bring the material to Dimboli from Kedougou.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 400 people, including farmers working in the garden and their families.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Christopher Cintas

The well improvements will lead to a healthy, profitable, and sustainable year-round garden and fruit tree site. Furthermore, the new gardening, farming, and tree techniques will allow for the demonstration of the benefits of improved practices.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Hack & Slash, who have designated Water Charity as a beneficiary of this year’s Hack and Slash Christmas Special 2011 held in Baltimore, MD.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify the PCV of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund future projects in the country of service.

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