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Project information

Water supply for Madina Salam, The Gambia

This project will provide a clean, sustainable water supply to more than 1,000 people in Madina Salam village, improving sanitation, hygiene, health, living standards and quality of life. This project proposal is made on behalf of the people of Madina Salam, and is their number 1 priority

January 2017 - June 2017

Charity information: Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE)

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  • Need


    Over 1,000 people in the village of Madina Salam have no direct access to clean running water. Instead they have to draw water from shallow wells or cross a busy road to reach the few hand pumps or standpipes in the area, carrying water back to their homes, a journey up to 1.5km.
    Poor access to clean water increases infection and infant mortality and increases illness. People are less able to work, learn and study as more time is spent fetching and carrying water, especially by women and girls.


    The project will install piping and 8 standpipes around the Eastern half of the village. A 2015, project established a solar-powered water system in the West side of the village – a bank of solar panels, pump, tank and 10 standpipes. This project will fund the extension of that water system across the road to the Eastern half of the village and to the outlying Arabic school. The community will provide the majority of the labour by digging the trenches that are required for the pipework.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide water to 1,000 people in the Eastern half of the village of Madina Salam


    » Digging 1,900 metres of trenches and 7 soakaways, and tunnelling under the road
    » Laying 1900 metres of water pipes
    » Installing 7 tap heads with soakaways and reinforced concrete slab
    » Connecting to the existing water supply system

    What success will look like

    Provide a reliable supply of clean water within a reasonable distance of the homes of 1,000 people in Madina Salam, improving health, hygiene and sanitation

    Aim 2

    To provide water to 150 staff and pupils at the Arabic School in Madina Salam


    » Digging 500 metres of trenches and 1 soakaway
    » Laying 500 metres of water pipes
    » Installing 1 tap head with soakaway and reinforced concrete slab
    » Connecting to the existing water supply system

    What success will look like

    Provide a reliable supply of clean water to the Arabic School in Madina Salam for drinking and cleaning, improving concentration, health and hygiene

  • Impact


    By giving access to clean water for the Eastern half of the village and Arabic school:
    - the whole village will have equal access to clean, running water from nearby standpipes
    - infections and sickness will reduce
    - infant mortality will reduce
    - school attendance will improve (especially for girls)
    - there will be fewer accidents involving people fetching water.

    We will measure each of these factors against 2015 baseline data via the village health clinic, which is operated by WYCE.


    • failure to maintain the water supply equipment – dealt with by agreements on community ownership of equipment and its maintenance
    • equipment or water supply are not sufficient to meet the extra demand - dealt with by testing to confirm that the water supply, panels, tank and pump can cope with the extra demand
    • fundraising target missed – we will ask the community to decide how to scale the project up/down whilst remaining fair to all.


    Donors to this project will receive monthly reports by email on the project’s progress (with photographs ) and expenditure as the work proceeds. We will provide case studies showing the current and post-project supply of water and the difference it has made to individuals in the community.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,400 Pipes 2,400 metres of water pipes
      £1,200 Tapheads 8 x Tapheads with soakaways and reinforced concrete slabs
      £400 Fixings Fixings incl tees, unions, reducers
      £1,000 Skilled labour Plumbing, construction (unskilled trench digging labour will be provided free by the community)
  • Background


    Madina Salam is a small village on the coast of The Gambia, West Africa. Established in 1987 when land was given by the neighbouring village of Gunjur for the settlement of refugees from conflicts in nearby Casamance and Guinea Bissau, it has since grown quickly. It is bisected by a main road. The Gambia is Africa’s smallest nation and one of its poorest; ranked 173/188 in the UN Human Development Index (ranking based on life expectancy, years of schooling, and gross national income per capita).


    Approximately 1,000 people living in the Eastern side of the village plus 150 staff and pupils in the Arabic school will directly benefit by having local access to a reliable supply of clean water.

    The project will particularly benefit women and girls in the community as they have the primary responsibility for fetching water for their households – time spent not working, caring for family members or attending school.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a successful track record in delivering projects on time and budget. We fundraised for and managed the installation of a complete solar-powered water system to WYCE’s Madina Salam school (500+ pupils) and health clinic in 2014, having built and set up the school and clinic. Most importantly, this project is based on needs and priorities identified by the people of Madina Salam, with whom we work in partnership to deliver quality services and support the development of their community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lamin Kijera

    Lamin is WYCE’s Director in The Gambia, and has worked for WYCE since 2004. He oversees the management of all WYCE’s operation in The Gambia.

    Lesley Dunlop

    Lesley is co-chair of WYCE charity in the UK. She will be responsible for securing pledges and donations.

    Helen Cleaver

    Helen is WYCE’s UK office manager and will be responsible for securing pledges and donations, and promoting our Christmas Challenge campaign.