10 January 2013
Help us re-bore Bakalarr's well
Most rural and many urban Gambian schools have vegetable gardens. These serve as teaching aids, growing food for school meals, and sometimes selling produce to raise funds. Nearly all rely on irrigation from wells and boreholes. Bakalarr Basic Cycle School once successful set of vegetable gardens were irrigated from a well which is now failing. The photo below shows vigorous healthy crops in 2003.
The water from this well is not drinkable, and is used solely for irrigation. They have a very limited piped supply for cooking and drinking. The decreased flow means that the crops are suffering, as shown in the photo below.The solution to the failing well is to have it re-bored. This should provide sufficient inflow of water for all their requirements in the foreseeable future. They are also proposing to install a water storage tank, so there is always a reserve of water. Vegetable gardens are very important to Gambian schools and a lot of effort is put in by both staff members and children. Many of the vegetables are used for school meals, while some are sold to provide funds for school resources. In addition to this, the gardens provide a valuable teaching resource for the agricultural science programme.