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The goal of this project is to improve access to water for irrigation in a community garden in Mali. When the men and women of the garden committee originally constructed the garden, they elected to expand its dimensions beyond what was planned by an additional 1250 m². However, they neglected to add an additional water source beyond the single well already planned. Unfortunately the well is not centrally located, making it significantly more difficult to water some sections of the garden than others. Primarily because of this issue, approximately 40% of the plots are untended at this point. Initial enthusiasm for the community garden project was such that the organizers had hoped to expand the garden yet again after a year. It seems unlikely that they will achieve this goal unless the irrigation process becomes simpler. The first step in that process is the construction of a second well.
  
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The garden committee took it upon themselves to collect funds for the digging of a traditional unimproved well, and proceeded to locate qualified laborers. They then approached the volunteer to see if it would be possible to improve the well to protect it from erosion and collapse.
  
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The funds requested would purchase cement and other re-enforcement materials for the community to construct an improved well. Successful implementation would allow the community to irrigate the entire garden, thereby securing the garden as an improved source of nutrition and allowing increased opportunities for income generation.
  
 
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Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
The Peace Corps first entered Turkmenistan in 1993 with an education project. In this project, Volunteers taught English in secondary schools, institutes of higher learning, and the Institute of Curriculum Development. Volunteers are catalysts in addressing Turkmenistan’s desire to expand English education programs in primary and secondary schools nationwide, to increase English teachers’ ability to communicate in the language, and to introduce contemporary teaching methodologies.
 
 
 
To support Turkmenistan in its efforts to improve English education, the education project emphasizes the teacher-training component. Local teachers are already well qualified to teach grammar, but Volunteers can contribute significantly to their communication skills and are placed more in regions where teachers’ needs are the greatest.
 
 
 
In 1995, the Peace Corps began working in the health sector, offering training to maternal and child health providers.  Responding to the needs of Turkmenistan’s healthcare system, the Peace Corps later shifted the project to community health, placing more emphasis on community health education, extension, and prevention.
 
 
 
===History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Turkmenistan ===
 
 
 
Peace Corps/Turkmenistan now works in two areas: education and health. The objective is not to teach the people of Turkmenistan “American” values, or to impose our sense of efficiency, but to help them help themselves within their own cultural framework.
 
 
 
Most community health Volunteers work at rural “houses of health” (clinics). They support medical professionals in strengthening, and sometimes even establishing, community health education programs. Health Volunteers share their knowledge and skills with local healthcare providers and conduct seminars for both the providers and community members. They also work at schools, helping Turkmen teachers teach health education to students. Besides promoting reproductive health, breast-feeding, and nutrition, Volunteers are involved in secondary projects such as “Clean Planet” environmental projects, women’s health clubs, and youth projects.
 
 
 
Peace Corps is expanding into more non-traditional sites as well, including nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), organizations that work with disadvantaged and special needs populations, and with youth.  
 
 
 
The Peace Corps plans to continue working in these areas for the foreseeable future to meet the needs of the communities we serve.
 
 
 
 
 
===Assignment History===
 
 
 
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The goal of this project is to improve access to water for irrigation in a community garden in Mali. When the men and women of the garden committee originally constructed the garden, they elected to expand its dimensions beyond what was planned by an additional 1250 m². However, they neglected to add an additional water source beyond the single well already planned. Unfortunately the well is not centrally located, making it significantly more difficult to water some sections of the garden than others. Primarily because of this issue, approximately 40% of the plots are untended at this point. Initial enthusiasm for the community garden project was such that the organizers had hoped to expand the garden yet again after a year. It seems unlikely that they will achieve this goal unless the irrigation process becomes simpler. The first step in that process is the construction of a second well.

The garden committee took it upon themselves to collect funds for the digging of a traditional unimproved well, and proceeded to locate qualified laborers. They then approached the volunteer to see if it would be possible to improve the well to protect it from erosion and collapse.

The funds requested would purchase cement and other re-enforcement materials for the community to construct an improved well. Successful implementation would allow the community to irrigate the entire garden, thereby securing the garden as an improved source of nutrition and allowing increased opportunities for income generation.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.