Project #210 | Clean Water & Community Gardens in Senegal
Our Partnership with CREATE!
In Senegal, the annual dry season is nine months long. As a result, the agriculture there is usually carried out during the short rainy season, with nearly 90% of land worked by small-scale, family-based farms. Climate change has only further exacerbated this problem, resulting in decreased rainfall, droughts, and desertification that has restricted water access for irrigation and food production. And with less cultivation area and time, families have begun to focus on cash crop cultivation rather than foods that will sustain them economically. For poor households, this limits their ability to consume nutritious food, which has adversely impacted food security and nutrition. The World Food Program estimated that 17% of people in Senegal are food insecure, 66% of children under the age of five are micronutrient deficient and 54% of women in their reproductive stage are anemic.
One Day’s Wages partnered with CREATE to bring clean, abundant, and affordable water and a year-round supply of fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruit, and poultry to the residents of the rural communities in the Fatick-Kaolack region of Senegal. It is part of CREATE’s approach to organically develop self-sufficient communities in Senegal under the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework, with women as the community drivers of change.
The project rehabilitated existing wells, installed solar plumping and gravity-fed drip irrigation systems, and made clean water available to communities year-round for household and agricultural needs. The water availability helped communities grow vegetables consistently throughout the year. Training and supervision on sustainable agricultural practices were also provided by CREATE technicians to gardening groups of 50-100 participants in each community. The training ensured that members have the skills to grow fresh, nutritious vegetables, thus improving food security, nutrition, and overall health of residents. It also provided new and expanded economic opportunities by allowing participants to supplement their household income by selling their excess vegetable production in local markets.
Our Collective Impact
Liters of Water Pumped Daily
Pounds of Vegetables Produced Per Month
People Trained in Vegetable Cultivation
Lena is the President of the women’s group in Keur Ndiouga. Her community has both a borehole and a well but they only use the well water for domestic consumption, as it is too far from the garden to use for agriculture. Before the borehole, they had to pull out water manually, and many women had to leave the village to work in the town since practicing agriculture this way was too hard. Lena now pointed out that access to water through the solar pumping system is easy and they can garden yearlong in their own community, producing a variety of vegetables.
Before partnering with CREATE!, Lena and her group were gardening, but they never had a good production because they were working without any training or direction. She said that “Thanks to the technicians, we now understand many techniques and our production has increased.” And they are now not only consuming fresh vegetables themselves, but people from surrounding villages are coming to buy from them since their organically grown vegetables do not spoil easily. As group president and a mother of six, Lena hopes for a successful future for her village and her children.
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.