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Managing Water: Senegal

Water in Africa

Africa, Senegal


by Rebecca and Jay Wozny, Saare Oumar, Senegal

Women manage the water here, since they are responsible for most of the daily chores that involve water: cooking, cleaning, washing. They go to the well or send their children.

by Catherine Guillard, Samba Diarry, Senegal

The women are responsible for water. They pull the water from the well, carry it to their compounds, and store it in large clay pots. If a male family member needs water, his wife, mother, daughter, or sister will fetch the water for him.

by Enid Abrahami, Missirah Tabadian, Senegal

Nature is the ultimate water manager. If it rains, we have water. If it doesn't, we don't. During the rainy season, between late May and mid-October, water is plentiful. During the dry season, however, we often run the risk of our wells running dry.

Girls and women carry many buckets of water each day, not only for themselves, but also for all the boys and men of the village. But if it doesn't rain and the wells dry up, the women are powerless in their role.

by Kathleen Rucker, Louga, Senegal

The village chief manages the community water supply and collects five CFA for each bucket filled. He maintains the faucet and also pays the water bills from his collection.

Farmers plant crops during the rainy season. Only those crops that require very little water can be grown, since the annual rainfall is about 200 millimeters.

by Jamie Schehl, Sokone, Senegal

The women are the ones who manage our water.

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