Fresh clean water is still the major requirement for a lot of the outlying villages. The cost of sinking a well averages out at about £3,000 - some are cheaper, and others more expensive, all depending on the depth of the borehole to reach the water-table. The Schools For Gambia charity has a very close relationship with a German company which specialises in digging wells/boreholes, and to date we have used their services for no less than 15 well projects. All wells are lined with concrete sleeves, which are made on site, and capped with a concrete cover to keep out contamination. All caps are fitted with a hand pump.
Not a pretty site - a definite contender for cholera, and breeding mosquitos, yet such water holes are still the only source of water for many isolated villages.
A well under construction. Note the metal moulds in the 1st photo, these are used to cast the concrete sleeves. The white patch at the bottom of the well is a man guiding the sleeves into position. Next we see the cap being finished off, followed by the pump and siphon tube being fitted.
Finally, the first drawing of cool, clean fresh water.
Azra Bi, and two of her colleagues from Clifton Primary School, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, who commisioned this well at Pallenfullen, in memory of Azra’s father.
This well was recently sunk at Duntabalu. First person standing on the well is Lamin Danso, who’s company sinks the wells for the charity. The other person is Ebriama “Morro” Jagne, the charity’s liason officer in The Gambia.
Children drawing fresh water from the well sponsored by the students of Eaton Bank School, Congleton, Cheshire.
Razir, another colleague of Azra Bi, inspecting the well, which she and her family commissioned.