Weinde Latrine Project – Senegal

Weinde Latrine Project - SenegalLocation

Weinde, Mbirkilane District, Kaffrine Region, Senegal

Community Description
Weinde is a Wolof village situated between Kaolack and Kaffrine. It is 9 kilometers on bush roads from the nearest road town of Mbirkilane. It has running water accessible from community spigots throughout the village, but does not have electricity.

With 1,500 inhabitants, Weinde is one of the largest villages in the area.

Within the village are 65 compounds, 13 of which have latrines. This means that the vast majority of the villagers are forced to defecate in the open just outside the village and do not wash with soap afterwards. This practice in not only humiliating, but due to the lack of sanitary conditions it is a major cause of diarrheal diseases.

Weinde Latrine Project - SenegalProject Description

This project is construct 15 latrines in households throughout the village.

The latrines will be of a simple style. Members of households throughout the village will dig a hole 2 meters deep and 1 meter wide. They will also collect sand to mix with the cement.

The holes will be lined with cement bricks made on site.

The cement caps will be constructed by laying rebar within a wood mold made of planks. The cement will then be poured into the mold and left to set.

Each latrine will be enclosed in a fence made of either millet stalks or branches woven between posts. The type of enclosure is chosen by the household, which will be responsible for the construction.

Eric Noel - Peace Corps VolunteerThe locations were chosen by discussing with households how many people would be using the latrines between multiple households. Locations that would offer the largest coverage were selected.

A skilled laborer who has attended trainings on building latrines will be hired to cement the interior of the pits as well as create the cement caps. A ventilation tube will also be installed into the cement cap of each latrine.

Each participating household will also contribute 1,000 CFA to help pay the laborer and purchase a bottle of soap for their participation in a training on proper hand washing techniques and how to avoid diarrheal diseases.

Project Impact

This project benefit 500 people by giving them access to latrines.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project

Eric Noel


This project will increase the number latrines in the village, and thus provide greater access to latrines for all villagers. The result will be a significant reduction in gastro-intestinal disease in the community.

The project incorporates a large amount of participation by the villagers, resulting in a high impact per dollar spent, and ensuring sustainability.

Dollar Amount of Project


Donations Collected to Date

$500.00 + additional amounts.

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. Additional funds were contributed by the Elmo Foundation, and were allocated to future projects in Senegal.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Eric Noel of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Eric 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.