Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE)

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

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1089167)

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  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




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.