Photo: Gambian gossip around ‘the water cooler’

I have a tap in my compound where I can easily fetch water to run through my drinking filter or to fill my bucket bath. But every day, I pump from a nearby well to water a garden my training group planted down the road. For many people, a faraway well is their only source of water. Although there’s no obvious “line,” the women always know who’s next and it’s village gossip and giggles while they wait.

–JDF

Pumping water from the well.

Pumping water from the well.