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Middle School Latrine Project - Senegal

Middle School Latrine Project - Senegal

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Middle School Latrine Project - SenegalLocation
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Xxxxxx, District of Medina Yoro Foulah, Kolda Region, Senegal

Community Description
Xxxxxx, a southern Senegalese village of 500 people, is a vibrant community made up of mostly people of the Pular ethnicity. This small, but historically significant locale is the seat of the communal government and is constantly welcoming visitors and officials for meetings and events.

The local sources of income are animal husbandry and field crops such as peanuts, millet, corn, and rice. The government structures include two schools, a health post, the mayor's office, and the office of the prefecture. There are also a number of small restaurants, a tailor, and shops that sell basic cooking materials and household items.

Additionally, with a new road being built between the village and the regional capital, Kolda, business and commerce between cities is becoming easier and easier. This village has a lot of potential for growth and can become a point of service for many of the surrounding villages.

There are a number of working groups within the community, such as a women's savings group, a youth association, and a health committee. Families value solidarity, hospitality, and unity of thought and action. The people say that they hold tradition in one hand, and modernization in the other. They want a brighter future for their children, but also to hold on to what makes them uniquely Pular.

Middle School Latrine Project - SenegalProblem Addressed
The village of Xxxxxx is the site of one of only two middle schools in the commune. This means that since its inauguration in 2005, the middle school has hosted students from any number of the surrounding 99 villages. Some students live as far as 30 kilometers away, and have to temporarily move to a closer village just to go to school. Others live in villages between 6-8 kilometers away, and make the trek by foot, bike, or donkey cart every day, twice a day. For these students, going to school is no easy task.

The school was constructed without toilets. This means that if students need to use a bathroom, they would have to take the time to walk some distance into the village and ask permission to use somebody’s home toilet. However, the students are now in the habit of relieving themselves behind the school buildings. In both situations, students are disrupting the learning environment by requiring more time out of the classroom to find a bathroom or by defecating in the open on school property.

The health risks of open defecation are serious, and the diarrheal disease it engenders is one of the top killers of children under five in the region.

Project Description
This project is to create a sanitary place for students and teachers to use the bathroom by building a total of four toilets on campus, complete with two handwashing stations. and to use this opportunity to talk to the community about the importance of latrine usage.

Specifically, a head mason will lead a team that will be charged with the construction of two sanitary blocks, one for males and one for females.

Each sanitary block will be constructed with cement bricks and iron supports. Each will have a superstructure with dimensions 2 x 2 x 2 meters, and will be roofless (this is what the community asked for, because otherwise the odors will be trapped inside), and fixed with one metal, locking door per toilet.

The latrines will be Turkish style seats, connected to an offset pit via PVC pipes. The pits will also be 2 x 2 x 2 meters in dimension and lined with cement bricks. The pits will be covered, and contain removable windows, for emptying, and an aeration pipe, to allow odors to escape.

The handwashing stations are "tippy-tap" style (pressing a foot pedal will incline a water-filled jug to dispense a small stream of water), but will be made out of metal, which is meant to be durable enough for public use over a long period of time.

Working alongside the mason, members of the local youth association will contribute by bringing sand and gravel to the work site via horse or donkey charet, and will dig both of the pits.

Middle School Latrine Project - SenegalThe metal components (doors, pit windows, handwashing stations) will be built in the regional capital and transported to the site along with the cement, iron bars, and other supplies. Water Charity funding will be used to pay for the majority of materials, supplies, equipment, and labor.

The community will contribute 10% of the total cost in cash and 15% in labor.

Project Impact
400 students will directly benefit from the project, with 13,000 people in the commune receiving indirect benefit.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
R. Bannister

Monitoring and Maintenance
The vice principal of the middle school will assist with the formation of a sanitation committee, which is in charge of the cleaning schedule and maintenance of the latrines. Students will pull water for the toilets every morning before school, as there is a well only 130 meters away from the construction sites.

The toilets will be constructed in a way that will allow the school to empty the pits when they are full. They will be offset from the superstructure, lined with cement, and built with two removable “windows” which will allow it to be cleaned.

Money for repairs and cleaning supplies will be managed by the vice principal and come from the school’s funds. The health workers in the area will continue health talks on school campus and reinforce the importance of latrine usage and handwashing.

Fundraising Target
$1,500

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$0

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Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Dollar Amount Needed
$1,500

 

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Middle School Latrine Project - Senegal

Middle School Latrine Project - Senegal

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Middle School Latrine Project - SenegalLocation
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Txxxxxxx, Department of Linguere, Region of Louga, Senegal

Community Description
Txxxxxxx is a small, rural village located 35 kilometers southwest of the departmental capital, Linguere, in the region of Louga. Of its 1,500 inhabitants, 90% are Pulaar and 10% are Wolof. Though the village is predominantly Pulaar, the Wolof are the region's majority ethnic group.

Txxxxxxx is the center of the rural commune, boasting a Health Post as well as one of only two middle schools in the commune. Students whose homes are distant from the village center walk and drive horse- or donkey-drawn carts several kilometers to attend school in the village each morning.

Individuals within the community of Txxxxxxx typically generate income through animal husbandry, herding cows, sheep, and goats.

Problem Addressed
The middle school has been borrowing a private space from the mayor's office since its inception. This year, the mayor is evicting the middle school so that the preschool, which has been located in the mayor’s office in the meantime, may utilize the space.

Two new classrooms have been constructed, but at a distance quite far (over 1 kilometer) from the village center, posing a challenge to all students but especially those that live outside of the village proper and commute many kilometers each day.

There is no electricity, running water, or latrine access at this new site. Students therefore have reported that they wait until school gets out to relieve themselves. This relocation to a more remote schoolhouse puts attendance of all students, but especially female students, at risk.

Maintaining proper menstrual health and hygiene is not possible without access to running water, toilets, or privacy. This population of rural, Pulaar girls is already vulnerable to social and cultural forces that keep female students from participating as fully in academic life.

Both school faculty members as well as parents of students have shown concern about the lack of amenities at the distant new school location and the potentially harmful effects on students’ ability to learn.

Middle School Latrine Project - SenegalProject Description
This project is to build three toilets at the new school: one for the teachers, one for the girls, and one for the boys.

The mayor's office has financed a water line out to the school in order to make toilet construction possible, demonstrating the community’s commitment to the project, financial and otherwise. The new pipeline is complete and functional.

For this project, materials will first need to be purchased in Dahra Djoloff, the road town 35km northwest, and transported by pick-up truck to Txxxxxxx.

First, the brick maker will blend sand, cement, and gravel to form bricks. The laborer will then dig two 2m x 2m pits (the students’ blocs will share a pit) for the masons to line the pits with the finished bricks along with supporting rebar.

PVC piping will provide an evacuation route from the toilet to the pit as well as ventilation by way of T connector. Stalls will be fashioned with remaining bricks and doors, including the installation of a water spigot (robinet) by the community in each stall, a layer of cement will then be placed above the latrine pit, along with the placement of the Turkish toilets, connecting all relevant piping.

Hand washing stations will also be built by a local metalworker out of rebar and placed strategically so as to encourage proper hand washing behavior.

Additionally, materials necessary for maintenance and longevity of the toilets, such as buckets for flushing waste, plastic kettles for personal hygiene, and cleaning supplies like scrubbing brushes, will be purchased.

Construction of the toilets themselves will begin in December 2017, once the area is solidly out of the rainy season. The initial phase of the construction aspect has already been completed, as the school now has water access.

Messaging on topics such as water, sanitation, hygiene, and toilet maintenance will be delivered.

Middle School Latrine Project - SenegalThe PCV will continue her work on the topic of menstrual health and hygiene with female students both attending the elementary school in the village as well as the middle school. More students progress from the village’s elementary school to its middle school each year, so outreach to future generations of middle schoolers is also important.

Project Impact
105 students and staff will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
A. Johnston

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school will monitor the use of the improvements and maintain the facilities.

Attendance is assiduously kept by the teachers at the middle school, so trends in female attendance may be isolated from before and after project implementation.

Furthermore, absences of the entire student body due to illness may also be tracked in relation to the WASH component of the project. With better WASH practice adherence, all students may enjoy fewer days out of school due to illness.

Let Girls Learn
This project accrues to the benefit of girls, in that it allows them to remain in school, by providing access to resources and privacy so that they may hygienically and discreetly manage their periods while attending classes.

Fundraising Target
$1,600

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$0

ADOPT THIS PROJECT BY CONTRIBUTING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF PROJECT

Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Dollar Amount Needed
$1,600

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