Saly Escale Latrine Project – Senegal

Saly Escale, Koungheul, Kaffrine, Senegal

Community Description
Saly Escale is in the District of Koungheul, Region of Kaffrine, Senegal. It is located approximately 20 km southwest of the capital of the ‘Département de Koungheul.’

Despite it’s designation as the capital of the ‘Communauté Rurale de Saly,’ the village remains financially depressed.

Currently, only a fraction of the community’s 200 residents have convenient access to a latrine toilet. There is an intense demand for latrine construction.

Project Description
This project is to dig pit latrines for 10 residential compounds. Each pit will be cement-lined (for longevity) and covered with a cement lid laced with an iron reinforcing bar.

The project is being undertaken under the direction of the Men’s Collective of Saly Escale.

The latrines will be a square-shaped hole with 1.5-meter sides. They will be 2.5 meters to 3.0 meters in depth. The sunken walls will be lined with cement bricks.

The latrines will be covered with cement lids that are reinforced with a skeleton of an iron reinforcing bar. This construction ensures that the lid will sustain a person’s weight without bowing and cracking.

The enclosures will be the responsibility of the residents, at their own expense. There are several alternatives, but it is anticipated that millet stalk fences will be erected by most.

Supplies (cement and construction rebar) will be purchased in Koungheul (the nearest road town) and transported to Saly Escale by rural taxis, at a nominal transport cost.

Labor will be provided by the community’s men using picks, shovels, and trowels available in their own homes. There are a number of skilled masons in the community who are available to prepare the bricks for the latrine walls.

Project Impact
200 people will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Matthew Gardine

This is a great project, which will impact on the health and well-being of the entire village. It has the full support of the community and incorporates substantial contributions from those who will benefit from the project.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Matthew Gardine of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Matthew and/or those other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.