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 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.
Our partnership with CREATE! provided access to clean water and targeted issues of hunger and food security in the communities of Diabel, Mbossedji and Pakha in the Fatick region of Senegal. Our project with 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 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 of the 3,000 residents. 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 with Access to Clean Water
Community Garden Members Trained
Awa, 45, is a community member in Diabel who before partnering with CREATE!, stayed home without any activity. After CREATE!, Awa now has a job, working at the garden producing nutritious vegetables, the excess of which she can sell at the market. Awa believes that with the guidance she receives from the CREATE! technicians, she is learning many sustainable agricultural techniques. “After graduation, I will be able to manage my own garden,” says Awa with confidence. She also feels that the vegetables they grow are very healthy compared to what was available before since they do not use any chemicals in their produce. Awa and her family are also 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. As Awa mentions, “I drink the well water since the well’s rehabilitation and always fill my twenty liter bottle for my family’s consumption.” She has noticed an improvement in her health since she started drinking this water because the water is clean and light. Awa believes all of CREATE!s programs are important for rural development and hopes for a greener future for Diabel.
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.