Family Latrines Project – Benin
Benin, formerly known as Dahomey, is a country in West Africa, with Togo on the west, Nigeria on the east and Burkina Faso and Niger on the north. It has a short coastline on the south leading to the Bight of Benin.
About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. The main sources of income are subsistence agriculture and cotton.
Bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever are the primary food and waterborne diseases, and malaria and yellow fever are the primary vectorborne diseases in the country.
This project is being implemented in Bagou, a town and arrondissement in the Alibori Department of northeastern Benin.
The project is to construct 50 individual dry-pit latrines for families in the community. Each participant family will contribute the labor to build its own latrine. About 350 people will be served.
The project is being carried out under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Elliot Grochal, together with community delegates.
Project funds from Water Charity and other participants will be used to purchase the materials.
Participants must take part in the accompanying educational component to increase their knowledge about health and hygiene, and thus ensure the success of the project in impacting upon disease.
The participation of Water Charity in this project has now been funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.
Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in Benin.
This project has been completed. To read about the conclusion of this project, CLICK HERE.