College de Kayemor Latrine and Water Project – Senegal
Kayemor, a village of about 2,000 residents, is located just north of The Gambia in the department of Nioro du Rip, Kaolack region in Senegal. The primary language and ethnic group is Wolof, followed by Pulaar.
Located 18 kilometers (11.2 miles) from a paved road, Kayemor is the central hub for smaller villages around it, supporting a health post, a maternity clinic, a daily and a weekly market, schools, and organizational offices. Kayemor has electricity, a water tower, and several boutiques, all of which service the population.
Kayemor is the home of the office of the Communauté Rurale de Kayemor, which includes 22 surrounding villages besides Kayemor, serving a total population of over 18,000.
The middle school in Kayemor has recently expanded the number of classrooms for the school, from a woefully inadequate 5 classrooms to a barely sufficient 10 classrooms. Because of space constraints, these 5 additional classrooms were built on the opposite side of the village from the previous 5 classrooms.
While these classrooms are a much-needed addition to the school, something else that is still needed is latrines for the students and teachers in those classrooms. When the students and teachers need to use the bathroom, they either have to walk to the other side of the village (which is about a 15 minute walk) or, if they happen to know someone who lives nearby, go to that person’s house.
This 2-part project is to (1) build 2 latrines next to the new classrooms, and (2) extend the water line and build a water spigot next to the latrines to provide water for sanitation and hygiene.
The latrines will be housed in a simple reinforced concrete building with 2 stalls. The building will be 5 m by 2 m, split in half lengthwise to separate the 2 stalls. It will have a metal roof and metal doors, and each stall will have a Turkish toilet.
Both stalls will be connected via PCV piping to a septic tank dug a few meters to the side of the building. The tank will be deep in order to ensure that it will not fill quickly with so many students using the latrines each day. The tank will be 3 m deep by 2 m by 2 m and rebar-reinforced cement lined.
Appropriate Project funds will be used to purchase materials for the latrines, which will include a barrel for storing water to flush the latrines, as well as a portable handwashing station.
Project funds for the second part will be used to purchase most of the materials needed to extend the water line and build the water spigot, including PVC piping. The community will supply the necessary sand, rock, and tools, as well as provide some of the labor necessary for digging the line to extend the water pipes.
175 people will benefit from the project, including 150 students and 25 teachers.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Latrines next to the new classrooms will be very beneficial, improving health and saving the students and teachers valuable time. Running water will ensure proper sanitation and hygiene.
Dollar Amount of Project
This project became infeasible due to various factors, including theft of materials and weather factors.