Conclusion of Ngar Gueye Latrine Project – Senegal
This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Kathryn Harrawood.
To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
The latrine project provided 10 households in Ngar Gueye with new long-lasting latrines and water hygiene and sanitation education. The first step was holding a village meeting to asses which compounds would participate, which was accomplished based on expressed interest and a randomized lottery. Of the ten households that were chosen, five had no pre-existing latrine structure whatsoever and the other five had simple, short-term latrines.
Representatives of each household tied up their horse and donkey drawn carts and traveled 7 km to the closest hardware store to pick up the 64 sacks of cement and iron rebar purchased with funds provided by Water Charity. Then they gathered a mountain of sand to mix the cement and gravel for the latrine covers. Over the next few days, brick makers mixed cement and set over 1,000 bricks while each household dug their own pits – two meters each way. When the bricks had dried, the head of each household paid for the underground pits to be constructed then covered with large cement slabs.
The scope of the project planned by myself and my two counterparts ended here: a well constructed latrine with a concrete slab cover and a simple concrete footrest. I invited participants who wanted to add on to the project do to so, which resulted finally in a large variety of latrine types. Some houses purchased porcelain basins for their latrines, some houses built up concrete walls and a roof over their latrines, and some even invested in basic plumbing systems. I am happy to report that each household oversaw and participated in the construction process so thoroughly that everyone ended up with exactly the type of latrine they desired.
During the construction process I made frequent visits to each household to oversee each step of the process. Nearing the end of the construction phase, I visited each house with a local health worker and led a demonstration and discussion of water and sanitation hygiene practices. The discussion included the link between illness and hygiene, motivating families to care about improved sanitation practices, while the demonstration called upon men, women, and children to display their knowledge of thorough hand washing.
Again, thank you for all that you did to support this project. Let me know if there is any other information you’d like from me.
Peace Corps Volunteer
Senegal 2013 – 2015
Preventative Health Education
We would like to thank Kathryn once again for executing such a fine project, and we would also like to thank her friends and family, whose support and contributions also helped make this possible.