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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
Koumbidia Soce, Commune Saly Escale, Region, Kaffrine, Senegal
Koumbidia Soce is a small Mandinka community South West of Koungheul. All water for household needs is drawn from local wells by the women.
The community lacks sanitary facilities, and open defecation is prevalent.
A little over 1/3 of the community has or had a latrine. However, there are only 2 fully-functional latrines, and most latrines are either full, shared, or in extreme disrepair.
Each latrine will be cement lined and constructed of cement bricks. It will feature a small latrine cover fashioned of cement or other available materials to deter excess influent from the rain and disease-spreading vectors.
Each latrine will be a 2m x 2m x 2m recessed ground latrine with direct plumbing. It will be surrounded by a privacy fence, built with resourced materials (usually millet stalk, “sacket”). Sacket is available locally and is already located at many of the ancillary failed latrine sites.
Each handwashing station will be located directly adjacent to the latrine, with water made available from a kettle, and soap attached to the privacy fence. There will be a small pit filled with gravel and stones to ensure hygienic draining.
Water kettle filling is a responsibility taken on by all family members. The handwashing station will be in relatively public view and should encourage handwashing behavior practices. The additional handwashing station is to be built at the school, where there exists a latrine but no handwashing station or current latrine sanitation program.
Under the first phase of the project, a baseline survey to assess latrine need was completed. The second phase will consist of community mobilization and sensitization by mandatory sanitation practices and causerie attendance. There is a signed contract with each household delineating these stipulations. The third phase will be the construction of the latrines.
Health workers from the community will attend a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop on basic WASH techniques based on Peace Corps WASH programming. After the training, women health workers should be able to host their own WASH behavior change sessions in their community on topics such as handwashing techniques, care of the latrines, construction of handwashing stations, and proper WASH behaviors.
In order to have a latrine constructed, the head of household must complete the latrine voucher. The mother and the head of the household are required to attend the WASH formations and the head of household is required to attend all planning and committee meetings.
Each family will be responsible for digging the hole, bringing sand and gravel from the fields, helping to transport materials, paying the mason, and participating in the maintenance of the latrine at the school. Also, a handwashing station must be constructed at every household.
Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the materials and pay for the labor of the skilled masons.
The entire community of over 700 men, women, and children will benefit from the project.
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Monitoring and Maintenance
Families will be well trained to properly use and care for their own latrines. They will also clean and maintain the school latrine on a rotating basis.
The project design provides for low-cost reinforced cement-lined latrines, with maximum community participation, and eliminates the practice of open defecation.
The project will result in improved health through the adoption of hygienic practices in daily living.
Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in Senegal.
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