Mahon Bantanto Village, Kolda, Senegal

“This is Fula tribe community located about 15km east of Kolda. It is a farming community that mostly engages in shifting cultivation and subsistence farming. The community also has some nomads that migrated from Northern Senegalese region of Matam due to the heavy encroachment of the Sahara Desert, this has prompted them to move towards the community of Mahon Bantanto for their animals to grace. The community has long suffered due to lack of water. “We travel 6 miles daily towards Kolda in search of water using donkey carts and sometimes we walk under the hot temperature of about 45 degrees Celsius” says Omar Bah a senior elder in the village. “Most of our women and children have illness and they are tired. The lack of clean drinking water has worsened the poverty level of households in the community. We spend a lot of time searching for clean water than we spend in cultivating food” says Jainaba a female elder within the community. “In all our life we have been yearning for clean drinking water in our community, she said. This project has been completed. A new borehole has been dug and Mark 2 hand pump installed. Clean drinking water is flowing nicely in the community. The happiness in the community is overwhelming. The head of the village and the entire community expressed joy and immense gratitude to the donors for the successful completion of this clean water project. We can now have a proper life and live as normal human beings thanks to this water project”, says the head of the village. “Now we can drink clean water and our animals will also drink”. Sarata Bah is another senior female living in the community says she is “so delighted and having tears of joy for this clean water project. We have long suffered due to lack of clean drinking water. Now we have clean water in our community. She showered thanks and gratitude to the donors.”

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This project was undertaken as part of our campaign of projects that actively reduce carbon emissions. This project helped the community save their much needed wood which was previously being burnt daily to boil water. This project has also eliminated the many thousands of hours previously spent on walking to collect water.