Niger, Africa

Squeezing Water from the Sands of Sahel

In January 2005, EWB-USA granted EWB-UNH another international project: engineering water pumping and storage systems to support school market gardens in the Sahel region of Niger, West Africa.  EWB-UNH collaborated with RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara, a non-profit organization based in Newmarket, New Hampshire.  RAIN’s mission is to develop and support residential schools for children of the semi-nomadic Tuareg people.  The Tuareg , who for centuries have transported salt in the Sahel, rely on these boarding schools for the education of their youth.

Specific Project Goals Included…

  • Pump water from a well depth of 15 feet.
  • Pump 1000 gallons of water per day for drip irrigation.
  • Integrate knowledge of Tuareg people into designing a culturally appropriate solution.
  • Design a durable cistern with local materials to survive harsh climate.