Latrine Building Project – Benin
This is a project to construct eight family latrines in a rural community in Benin. It is being carried out under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Dennis Chon, together with members of the community.
The construction will take place at Akodebakou (ah-ko-deh-bah-koo), a thirty-minute bike ride from where Dennis lives. Latrines will be built in four neighborhoods.
The process was started with the designation of the families that will participate. A significant commitment was required of the families, which included not only a contribution of labor and materials, but also participation in health and hygiene instruction. Topics will include proper hygiene, the importance of latrines, and proper maintenance and usage.
Each family will provide the labor for the digging of the pits and other materials, such as stones and gravel, according to ability.
The construction technique incorporates concrete blocks, which will be made on-site, for use as inner walls within the pits. Two teams will work cementing concrete blocks and placing latrine covers on all latrines built.
Project funds from Water Charity and other participants will be used to pay for the water (for mixing cement), sand, gravel, and cement. In addition, it will pay for the masons, the transportation of a latrine/building specialist, and PVC pipe to help aerate the latrines.
Once the latrines are built, families will be required to create a “wall” structure for their latrine to provide privacy. Most likely this will consist of reeds and/or palm leaves thatched together.
It is estimated that the family latrines will serve more than 50 people. These beneficiaries would not otherwise have the means to build the latrines for themselves. The result will be a significant decrease in gastrointestinal disease in the community.
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This project has been completed. To read about the conclusion of this project, CLICK HERE.