Water: a photo essay

Brooke Donner - Senegal


March 29, 2016

Here’s a look at how we use water around my host family’s compound in Kédougou, Senegal. 
 
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My neighbor’s well was our primary source of water until it and most other wells in the neighborhood dried up in late February. 
 

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I’ve been getting my drinking water from this well pump since I arrived in Kédougou. Now that the wells have dried up, most people in the neighborhood get all their water from the well pump as well.

 

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Hauling water from the well pump, located in a nearby elementary school, is a task no one is exempt from.

 

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My host uncle fills a plastic teapot, used for hand and feet washing, with the water we store in old oil containers in the cooking room.

 

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This clay pot holds my host family’s drinking water and keeps it surprisingly cool.

 

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Dishes, usually done by my host sister Woury, are a twice-daily chore.

 

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My host mom does laundry— a time and labor intensive task— in the little bit of shade safe from the early afternoon sun.

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Our usual meals of rice and sauce are cooked over wood charcoal on metal stands.

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Bath time for Mohammed.

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Bath time for me.

 

 

Brooke Donner