The short rainy season in Senegal brings heavy downpours that can overwhelm existing drainage systems. After the garden plot in Thieneba suffered flooding after recent rains, cooperative members and CREATE! field technicians collaborated to design and install a drainage ditch. This drainage system protects fragile seedlings from potentially damaging heavy rains.
Cooperative members worked with CREATE! field technicians and a local mason to dig a drainage trench and line it with cement and bricks. The ditch drains into an abandoned well, so that the rainwater replenishes local groundwater supplies. Since the installation of the drainage ditch, recent rains have effectively drained from the garden and into the abandoned well.