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.