Project #143 | Clean Water and Community Gardens in Senegal

Our partnership with CREATE

More than 80% of households in the Fatick region of Senegal rely on seasonal agriculture as their primary mode of income, with 75% of the farming families relying solely on rain to irrigate their crops. Unpredictable rainfall patterns brought about by climate change have led to decreased access to water and limited agricultural production all over rural Senegal. Lack of water has prevented cultivation of nutritious vegetables, which in turn has led to malnutrition.

One Day’s Wages partnered with CREATE! to provide access to clean water and to target issues of hunger and food security in the communities of Diabel, Mbossedji and Pakha in Senegal. CREATE! rehabilitated existing wells and installed solar pumps, making clean water available to the communities year round for household and agricultural needs. The availability of water helped the communities grow vegetables throughout the year in newly formed cooperative gardens. Cooperative groups of 50-100 members also received training and supervision on sustainable agricultural practices. This training ensured that the members had the skills to grow fresh, nutritious vegetables in their gardens, improving food security and health for the community. It also provided new and expanded economic opportunities so that members could supplement their household income and support their families through the sale of vegetables in local markets.


Our collective impact

People Gained Access to Clean Water

Wells Rehabilitated

Community Garden Members Trained

Meet Awa

Awa is a community member in Diabel who, since partnering with CREATE! has begun working in the garden to produce nutritious vegetables, the excess of which she can sell at the market. “After graduation, I will be able to manage my own garden,” says Awa with confidence, speaking about her agricultural training. She expressed that the vegetables they grow are very healthy compared to what was available before, since now they do not use any chemicals in their produce. Awa and her family also began using water from the rehabilitated well. While most of that water is used for gardening purposes, after all the basins are filled, the community uses the rest for domestic consumption. “I drink the well water since the well’s rehabilitation and always fill my twenty liter bottle for my family’s consumption,” said Awa. She shared how she’s noticed an improvement in her health since she started drinking this water because the water is clean and light.

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our clean water fund.

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