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Kedougou Community Well Project - Senegal

Kedougou Community Well Project - Senegal

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Kedougou Community Well Project - SenegalLocation
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Xxxxxxxx, Kedougou, Senegal

Community Description
Xxxxxxxx is a community of 220-250 people, depending on the season. It is located on the Fongolimbi road on the way to Dimboli. Farming is the main source of income for everyone in the village.

The village is 3.5 - 4 kilometers from one side to the other, with a hill in the middle. It is made up of two halves, Xxxxxxxx Labor and Xxxxxxxx Mawni.

Problem Addressed
The issue that the village is facing is water security in the dry season. When the rains come, the water table around the village is raised very high so there is no problem with wells or the forage drying up, or not having enough water, but during the dry season the water table lowers to a point where some of the wells dry up and are no longer a reliable source of clean water.

Kedougou Community Well Project - SenegalThe other issue that presents itself in the dry season is that the forage, while deep enough, requires a motor pump to bring the water into the basin. The system is effective, but expensive because it is a gas powered system. During the dry season, when it would be needed, a lot of the villagers do not have the funds to maintain constant use of it. So, they end up walking to the other side of the village to use the wells that are deep enough to have water through the dry season.

There is also the issue that the forage system is great, but it is twenty years old and there are days that it is "tired" and has to take a rest, so even if they have the funds there are days were the forage is just not available.

This presents a problem when the next closest source of clean water is a kilometer or more away in either direction. This also eliminates all possibility of dry season vegetable farming, so, in order to have proper nutrition, they have to go to the closest market which is about 20 kilometers away up the mountain.

Project Description
This project is to build a well in an area where water access is cut off in the dry season.

There will be one main well digger and two assistants chosen by the village chief, one from each side of the village.

The dimensions of the well are roughly:

-20 meters deep
-1.25 meters across

The mouth of the well and cover will be constructed by a mason from the village as well. The dimensions will be:

-1.25 meters tall
-1.25 meters across

The PCV will be responsible for purchase and transport of most of the materials, with the village responsible for providing sand and gravel with transportation of all materials once inside the village. Water will also be provided by the village from a nearby water source.

Kedougou Community Well Project - SenegalThe PCV and the village chief will be responsible for overseeing the construction of the well and mouth of the well by the well digger and mason on a daily basis.

The women's group will be responsible for the construction of the fence surrounding the well. The dimensions will be 7 meters x 7 meters

The education component will be overseen by the PCV and president of the Women's Association. The training will be held every other Sunday afternoon for the duration of the well construction. This training will encompass:

-Water treatment and storage
- Hand Washing
- Proper hygiene around and using water
- Water conservation techniques in dry season gardening.

At the end of the training there will be a demonstration of skills learned and a graduation of the course. There will also be a follow-up demonstration about three months later to judge the retention and implementation rate of what was learned.

Project Impact
150 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Ashley Prettyman

Monitoring and Maintenance
The well will be the responsibility of the women's group to maintain.

Let Girls Learn
Water collecting is primarily a women's and girl's responsibility. Having a closer source of water will enable the girls to be on time to school in the morning and have more time in the afternoon to dedicate to their school work. It might also help motivate men and boys to help with the water because it is not as far and it is not as hard to do, which would give the girls more time.

While this is not an official Let Girls Learn project, it carries with it the same attributes, providing for the sanitation and hygiene needs of girls. Therefore, we designate it a Let Girls Learn + project.

This project is part of our ongoing Western Africa Water & Sanitation Program.

Fundraising Target
$1,850

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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Kolda Master Farm Water and Sanitation Project - Senegal

Kolda Master Farm Water and Sanitation Project - Senegal

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

Kolda Master Farm Water and Sanitation Project - SenegalLocation
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Kolda, Kolda Region, Senegal

Community Description
The region of Kolda is Senegal's poorest and among the most malnourished. This project will be done in a neighborhood called Xxxxxxx in the capital city of the Kolda Region, Kolda. It will be done at a demonstration space run by a "Master Farmer" named Cherif Diallo. A Master Farmer is an individual identified by the Peace Corps who shows exemplary farming and teaching skills who uses their garden space for trainings and demonstrations.

This demonstration space is a place where innovative and sustainable agricultural practices are displayed and taught. During its 2-year life span, the Kolda Master Farm has had demonstrations and trainings on attaining higher yield on field crops without the use of chemicals, cold season gardening, live fences, and tree grafting. Cherif's demonstration space has a very wide audience, as it is in the capital city of the region and is very close to the city center, only about 1 kilometer outside of the main market.

Kolda Master Farm Water and Sanitation Project - SenegalEvery person who is trained, tours, or visits the Master Farm will benefit. Annually, the Master Farm has around 250 visitors, who will benefit from the improved capability, innovation, and convenience.

Problem Addressed
The main well at this demonstration space caved in in July, 2016, due to heavy rains. This is the main source of water for the farm during the dry season. Until the well is re-dug, no gardening or advancement can be made at the garden, and no trainings or demonstrations can be held.

Since this farm is primarily a demonstration space, there are many visitors for the various trainings, tours, and demonstrations. In order to ensure sanitary visits while supporting a large number of people, a proper toilet is needed within the farm.

Project Description
This project is to build a well and a latrine at the Master Farm.

A 10-meter-deep well will be constructed about 10 meters North of the prior well location. A specialist will be hired to dig, as the soil is extremely sandy. When water is reached a reinforcement buttress of cement will be installed.

Kolda Master Farm Water and Sanitation Project - SenegalMaster Farmer Cherif Diallo and a hired mason will construct the reinforcement out of rebar, fencing, and cement. After the well has been sufficiently reinforced, an above-ground structure will be built for ease of access to the well. It will consist of approximately 150 bricks, made by a locally-hired mason.

A latrine will be constructed in the Eastern corner of the farm. The pit will be dug to a depth of 2 meters. A specialist will be hired to dig, as the soil is extremely sandy. When a depth of 2 meters is achieved, the walls of the pit will be reinforced by bricks and rebar. Approximately 30 bricks will be used.

A brick structure, 1 meter by 2 meters in size, will then be built by the mason using about 300 bricks. It will contain a concrete platform and a turkish toilet seat, and will be topped by a zinc sheet roof.

Project Impact
100 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
H. Henriksen

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Master Farm keeps records of how many people visit, tour, or attend a training at the farm. This attendance shows the number of people who will benefit from the installation of these features. Additionally, the master farmer keeps a record of all the produce, trees, and products he grows at the farm.

The Master Farmer has been farming for nearly 40 years, and is a very skilled mason. He will perform all repairs.

Comments
Improved farming techniques taught at the Master Farm will increase crop yields, leading to improved food security, enhanced nutrition and health, and increased economic opportunities.

Fundraising Target
$1,900

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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Dahra Latrine Project - Senegal

Dahra Latrine Project - Senegal

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Dahra Latrine Project - SenegalLocation
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District of Dahra, Region of Louga, Senegal

Community Description
The village is approximately 30 km from the nearest town and has a population of roughly 3,000. It is made up of two ethnic groups, Wolof and Pulaar, and, dependent on the time of the year, you can find a sizable Sereer population.

The community is made up of 6 neighborhoods, and each neighborhood has at least 2 members who are volunteer community health workers. This means that they spend time extending education to the community about things such as malnutrition, malaria, exclusive breastfeeding, and vaccinations.

Problem Addressed
Currently, there is not a restroom or a water source in the middle school. As a result, many students have stopped attending school, or their attendance has dramatically decreased.

The health post serves approximately 7,000 individuals, including people from neighboring smaller communities, health post staff and their families, and even nomadic herders. It has only two fully operational restrooms.

Project Description
This project will provide seven latrines and one water access point (robinet).

The seven latrines will all be VIP latrines, consisting of cement privacy structures, roofs, and locking doors. Five of the seven latrines will have Turkish basins, and the final two will have western toilets seats.

Dahra Latrine Project - SenegalFive of the latrines, and the one robinet will be constructed at the local middle school, while the last two latrines will be added onto the health structure.

Once these structures are completed, students at the middle school will complete WASH trainings during class with the village's community health workers and the volunteer. The students will also be exposed to further WASH behavior change activities through their participation in the Junior Health Committee Club.

In addition, community health workers will hold bi-monthly trainings on proper WASH practices at the health post to educate the citizens that will be benefitting from the new latrines at the health post.

The community will contribute in the form of cash contributions to the project.

Objectives of the project include providing students at the middle school, as well as the patients at the health post, with access to improved water and sanitation as well as providing education on the importance of good sanitation practices.

Project Impact
3,000 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Sydney Hurst

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school and health post will elect separate committees to handle the care and cleaning of the latrines, contributing to the sustainability of the project by maintaining the latrines in good working order.

Should there be a problem, the latrines and robinet are both being built by masons in the community, so they will be able to fix them in the future.

The community will sustain this project by consulting the Latrine and Robinet Addition Committee, which will see to the cleaning, maintenance, and all other tasks regarding the latrines and robinet.

Dahra Latrine Project - SenegalThe education of proper hygiene and sanitation practices will be enacted and sustained by continuing to discuss the topic and working as closely as possible with the youth. Most recently, the community has planned to begin a youth club that will focus on health issues, being a primary way to increase the sustainability of the material side of the project as well as the educational side of it.

Let Girls Learn
Five of the seven latrines that are being built will be located at the local middle school. This will provide female students with the proper environment needed to fully focus on their studies. The five latrines will be separated based on gender, two for male, two for female, and one for teachers. This separation will allow for maximum privacy and safety for the female students.

This project is part of the Let Girls Learn program started by FLOTUS Michelle Obama in partnership with Peace Corps. The goal of this project is to keep girls attending to school. It is a part of Water Charity’s Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide

Fundraising Target
$ 2,750

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

Donations Collected to Date
$305

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Velingara Women's Group Garden Project - Senegal

Velingara Women's Group Garden Project - Senegal

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Location
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Department of Velingara, Kolda Region, Senegal

Velingara Women's Group Garden Project - Senegal Community Description
The project will be implemented in a rural village of 450 people, located in the eastern part of the Kolda region. It is 5 km from the paved road, 30 km from a major city, and there is no running water or electricity.

All families are subsistence farmers, with peanuts, sorghum and corn as the primary crops. Due to the village’s remote location and resource constraints, economic activities are limited to cotton and charcoal production.

Ethnically, the village is Pulaar, with two main sub-groups: Fulakunda and Pula Futa. The Pulaar ethnic groups are traditionally pastoralists, and their living situations continue to reflect these traditional nomadic values. Villagers live in short-lived domed mud brick houses with straw roofs, women cook with fuel wood collected from the forest, and livestock roam the village. There are 20 family compounds, with approximately 20-25 people living in each compound. Men and older women are usually found working in the woods or fields, and younger women take care of the children, cooking and cleaning.

The population is very young; almost 50% of the population is under the age of 18. There is a primary school in the village, and the middle school is located in a roadside village 5 km away. Though the middle school is relatively close, many families do not have the expendable income necessary to pay for school fees and supplies.

Indeed, this village is located in the poorest region of the country, with the majority of the population living below the poverty line of $1.90 per day according to the World Bank. Because of this and the community’s remote location, many villagers suffer from malnutrition. This, in turn, affects the well being of the entire family as each member of the family shares responsibilities of the fields and/or the home. There is a strong workforce of motivated women eager to capitalize on income-generating activities and provide adequate nutrition for their families.

Problem Addressed
The primary barrier to adequate nutrition in this village is access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The diet is severely lacking in proteins and essential nutrients, comprised primarily of carbohydrates from grains such as sorghum, corn, or white rice. Due to very large family sizes and little income, members of the community do not have the expendable income necessary to buy healthy food. In addition, the nearest market is 10 km away, and without electricity, there is no preservation method to store fresh produce. As such, when possible, women construct personal vegetable gardens. This is easy during rainy season while livestock are tied up and water is abundant, and each household maintains its own vegetable garden. However, during the remaining eight months of dry season, water limitation and lack of a collective garden space prevents the production of fresh vegetables. As such, the majority of the year, vegetables are severely lacking from the diet and community nutrition is very poor.

Velingara Women's Group Garden Project - Senegal Project Description
This project is to create a protected one-hectare gardening space with water access. A center well will be built with three feeder basins.

The women are well versed in gardening practices, and ultimately want to create a long-lasting garden that the entire gardening cooperative can utilize year round.

The village men worked with a contractor to install a chain-link fence to enclose the gardening space and protect it from livestock. The women created a tree nursery, and planted thorny tree species around the perimeter to begin establishment of a live fence to ensure sustainable protection. Fruit trees (guava and mango) were also planted within the garden to increase the village’s fruit production.

A well contractor from a nearby city has visited the site and agreed to build the well and accompanying basins. A thirty meter, cement-lined well will be constructed in the center of the garden space, structurally reinforced with rebar for use with pulley systems.

Three 80 cm x 80 cm feeder basins will be built adjacent to the well and water poured into these basins will be gravity fed twenty meters through underground piping to the accompanying 2 m x 2 m storage basins.

The Peace Corps Volunteer will hold primary responsibility for purchasing materials, and the village men will be responsible for transportation of the materials from the city to the village.

The contractor has a team of three well diggers and one mason that will live in the village and work daily until the well and accompanying basins are complete. The village will provide room and board for the workers.

Since there is no water available at the work site, the women will pull and transport water to the work site each morning. Construction is expected to be finished in time for the women to begin dry season gardening.

Upon completion of this project, the women’s group of Sare Meta will have a long-lasting garden space equipped with all the necessary resources to produce vegetables year round. Additionally, due to the large garden size, women have the opportunity to grow vegetables in excess and sell them to surrounding villages, thus supplementing the family income.

Velingara Women's Group Garden Project - Senegal Further, the Peace Corps Volunteer will conduct a series of trainings to promote fruit tree propagation, grafting, and orchard management. The success of this project will result in the establishment of a community orchard, income-generating opportunities for women, and increased community nutrition.

The Women's Group will be responsible for the cash and in-kind contribution for the project, 25% of project cost

Project Impact
84 women will directly benefit, and the remaining 366 older women, men, and children will indirectly benefit.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jenna Dodson

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Peace Corps Volunteer will be responsible for the following:

-Purchasing construction materials, creating inventory list, and monitoring material use
-Supervising/monitoring construction of well and accompanying basins
-Overseeing tree nursery construction, maintenance and planting
-Conducting an orchard management training

The community (men and women’s group) will be responsible for the following:

-Paying the cash contribution
-Transportation of materials to the work site
-Ensuring proper room and board for the on-site construction workers
-Construction, maintenance and planting of 1,000-tree nursery to complete the live fence
-Maintaining the garden after construction, including tree pruning and fence repair

The well contractor and his team will be responsible for the following:

-Purchasing construction materials
-Digging and reinforcing the well with cement
-Masonry for the feeder basins and wellhead
-Implementation of underground pipe system

Let Girls Learn
Although not designated as an official Let Girls Learn project, this project will indirectly benefit young girls in three ways. First, they will have improved nutrition due to increased consumption of essential vitamins and minerals. This will decrease their susceptibility to disease, thus reducing the likelihood of school absences due to illness. Second, there is potential for income generation when women sell excess produce. These funds may be used to offset the cost of their children’s education. Lastly, women involved in business transactions will act as role models for young girls eager to continue their education in order to find better work opportunities.

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
$100

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Dayxxx Well Project - Senegal

Dayxxx Well Project - Senegal

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Dayxxx Well Project - SenegalThis project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

This project page has been redacted at the request of Peace Corps.

Location
Dayxxx, Fatick Region, Senegal

Community Description
Dayxxx is a rural village of 300, located in the southern part of the Fatick region. It primarily a Mandinka village; however, Seerer, Bambera and Pulafuta ethnicities are also found in Dayxxx.

Regardless of ethnic group, everyone in the village makes a living from the land. The work of the farmer is never finished. With the change in season the bush is alternatively an aqua marine sea of onions, or a medley of earthy tones from peanuts and grains. Farming efforts are aided by semi-seasonal rivers in rainy season and a high water table during dry season. Dayxxx is full of hardworking people, yet there is always a challenge to provide adequate nutrition.

Problem Addressed
The primary issue within Dayxxx is the lack of protected, improved water available spaces in which one can farm. Throughout the Senegalese gardening season, there is alternatingly either not enough water to consistently garden, or there is not sufficient protection against roaming livestock.

Dayxxx Well Project - SenegalDuring the busy rainy and cool seasons, women and children wake up before daybreak to walk to the fields to spend the entire day, to ensure animals do not destroy their produce. This a large time commitment to protect their fields, day after day, coupled with the low availability of spaces with a water source often leads to lower productivity, and subpar levels of nutrition within Dayxxx. The Women’s Group of Dayxxx is one of the most motivated groups in the village, yet they lack any space to collectively garden. Empowering this group is a strong step towards ameliorating this situation.

Project Description
This project is to build a well to provide water for the women’s garden. It will work in tandem with a second project with outside funding that will cover the purchase of fencing materials.

The goal is to increase access to nutritious foods through the creation of a women’s garden immediately adjacent to Dayxxx. This project will increase the scale of rainy season gardening, which is often conducted on marginal land at a great labor cost, and the diversity of dry season gardening, which in Dayxxx is often constrained to only onions.

The location of this garden space is a 15 second walk from Dayxxx along the main access road to the fields. The project will decrease the large workload currently dedicated to non-productive agricultural activities. At the moment, significant amounts of time are spent in transit to the old gardening space and dissuading animals from said space. This workload falls almost completely on the women and youth of Dayxxx.

Water Charity funds will pay for the materials, transportation of material and labor costs of hand digging a concrete-lined well.

Dayxxx will contribute to the project by donating land for the garden. The Peace Corps Volunteer, in partnership with his counterpart, will coordinate construction activities. The community is also securing funding for the fencing, as well as for tools and seeds to work the garden.

Upon completion of the physical garden space, the PCV will implement a cross-sectoral teaching schedule of related agriculture, health and business trainings by utilizing the expertise of regional volunteers and pilot farmers. These steps will lead to sustainable use of the garden space, self-sufficiency and enhanced capacity for skill sharing long after the PCV leaves.

Dayxxx Well Project - SenegalProject Impact
300 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
P. Jones

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Women’s Group will monitor the well upon completion, perform necessary maintenance, and control access.

Let Girls Learn
While not an official Let Girls Learn project, it accrues to the benefit of women and girls. The time saved in irrigating the garden, together with the nutritional and economic benefits that accrue, work toward making it easier for girls to remain in school.

Fundraising Target
$700

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

Donations Collected to Date
$700

Dollar Amount Needed

$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the G3 Foundation, of Costa Mesa, CA, USA.

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Digaly Sanitation Project - Senegal

Digaly Sanitation Project - Senegal

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Location
Diagaly, Communauté rurale Barkedji, Département Linguere, Region Louga, Senegal

Digaly Sanitation Project - SenegalCommunity Description
Diagaly is a small village in the Linguere Region of Senegal. It is 6 km from a major paved road, and is home to about 3,000 residents. The community is strongly defined by its nomadic livestock herding history. Receiving between 190-350 mm of rain per year and daily temperatures reaching 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit on the average day during the months of March-June makes Diagaly a challenging place to live.

The village is made up of two ethnic groups, Wolof and Pulaars. The Pulaar ethnic group is traditionally Nomadic, and in many ways that makes them more vulnerable now. Their living situations often reflect the transient lifestyle they are known for. This often translates into less permanent living structures and reveals the unpredictability of the coming year as they see it.

The Wolof population generally lives in the more compact village center that is much more permanent than their Pulaar neighbors. This means they have more reliable access to water and to the market or small shops.

While the village is relatively remote, it serves as the economic hub for about 13 smaller, surrounding villages. Livestock and subsistence farming dominate the lifestyle. Despite the large population, there is only a public French elementary school and a Franco-Arab school that serves the 8-13-year-old range. After this, students will generally travel to nearby cities to continue their studies while living with friends or family during the school year.

Digaly Sanitation Project - SenegalDuring the rainy season, there is a large influx of people who come to farm or bring herds of cattle up from the south to take advantage of the grazing lands. Diagaly is also home to a Master Farm which is a Peace Corps/USAID project to create pilot farms to serve as educational centers and demonstrate new technologies. This serves the community of Diagaly and the surrounding villages as a place to learn, share, and acquire materials like seeds or vegetable transplants that were previously out of reach for more people. In puts on multiple trainings a year and has open doors to anyone interested in learning or discussing challenges.

Problem Addressed
The Pulaar community has little in terms of permanent infrastructure, which can be traced to their traditionally nomadic lifestyle. This part of the community is largely, if not entirely, without access to latrines and continue the practice of walking out to the bush to relieve themselves. Children, in general, do not walk so far, and relieve themselves just outside of the family compound. This has huge implications for health in the community and puts all at risk. With the extreme heat and arid conditions, diarrheal diseases associated with fecal contamination can quickly lead to dangerous dehydration and potentially death.

Currently, the main educational institutions of Diagaly do not have proper sanitation facilities. The Master Farm, the French School, and the Franco-Arab school are all held back because the people they serve must walk long distances to either find a latrine, or to openly defecate nearby, which endangers others at the educational facilities. The lack of latrines also serves as a barrier to those using these educational facilities. It takes time away from learning as students and teachers leave class for extended periods to go to the bathroom.

Digaly Sanitation Project - SenegalProject Description
This Project will build sanitation facilities at the Master Farm and Franco-Arab school as well as return latrines at the French school to working order.

The Master Farm (which serves about 200 people a year) will build one latrine and one washing stall in the same structure that is connected to a basin.

The Franco-Arab School (which serves about 110 people, including teachers) will build two latrines in one structure that is connected to a single basin. They will also bring a water source to the school, which will include 200 m of piping, a water meter, and a water spout.

The French School (which serves about 250 people, including teachers) will replace 9 wood plank doors, 7 Turkish toilets, some cement repair to the stalls, and 15 m of piping to provide a water source to the latrines.

Each institution is responsible for managing its project. The parent associations of both the French School and Franco-Arab school will work closely with the PCV to create an action plan, hire the mason, acquire materials and oversee the work as it is executed. The pilot farmer from the Master Farm will work with the PCV to follow the same steps as the two schools.

Each institution will also install a Tippy Tap, which is a device made for washing hands. This will be built by a blacksmith in Diagaly and be showcased at these 3 visible locations to encourage washing hands and the spread of the technology.

In the month prior to and following building these facilities, Peace Corps Health Volunteers from the region will help put on trainings that sensitize the community to the issue of open defecation and train each institution on proper maintenance for the latrines.

Project Impact
560 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Adam Keally

Monitoring and Maintenance
This project will include consistent Follow-up, as the PCV works closely with each institution. They will each elect a member of its organization to be responsible and accountable for the maintenance of the latrine. That person will receive training from the Peace Corps Health Volunteers and the mason on how to maintain a clean, functioning latrine.

Let Girls Learn
Girls are more widely affected by the lack of sanitation facilities, making it a bigger barrier to their education and equality in the long run. Having clean, functioning latrines with running water will help remove barriers that keep girls out of school. Girls are significantly more likely to drop out of school than boys in Diagaly, making it important to address the obstacles they face.

While this is not an official Let Girls Learn project, it does fall into Water Charity's LGL+ grouping of projects that have a pronounced element involving helping girls go to, and stay in, school.

Fundraising Target
$1,200

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

Donations Collected to Date
$1,200

Dollar Amount Needed

$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the G3 Foundation, of Costa Mesa, CA, USA.

Additional donations will be used for future projects in Jamaica.

 

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Touba Mouride Latrine Project - Senegal

Touba Mouride Latrine Project - Senegal

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

Touba Mouride Latrine Project - SenegalLocation
Touba Mouride, Fatick Region, Senegal

Community Description
Touba Mouride has around 2,100 people, living in 217 households. A primarily ethnically Wolof town, it is largely devoted to agriculture practices, including raising peanuts, millet, and corn. In addition, it has a large women’s garden. A small subset of the village is Pulaar, living in a small community outside Touba Mouride, but still included in the village census.

Touba Mouride is filled with hard-working families who are committed to improving their health status. There is a highly functional health hut and committee, and the health hut serves 15 surrounding villages.

Problem Addressed
A baseline survey showed that of the 56 household sampled, 50% have a latrine that is only a simple unlined dug hole for a pit, 25% have a latrine with a pit lining, and 25% have no latrines.

Project Description
This project is to build 30 new family latrines in the community. The latrines will be simple slab pit-style, with each family providing the simple reed structure or room structure.

The latrines will be built away from major water sources, such as wells, as well as cooking areas, to avoid contamination. The work will be done by two experienced masons and their team of skilled workers.

Touba Mouride Latrine Project - SenegalEach latrine pit will be 2.5 meters deep, and 2 meters on each side. The pit walls will be lined with bricks made from cement and sand, along with mortar between the bricks. On all four corners there will be columns which will provide structural integrity.

The plate over the hole will be built with cement and lined with rebar so prevent collapsing. The bottom plate of the pit will be built in the same manner as the top due to the weight that must be supported.

The sand will be provided by the participating members of the community.

A series of health talks will be conducted with all beneficiaries. Topics will include hand washing at the five critical times, childhood illnesses related to WASH, disadvantages of open defecation, and latrine maintenance. The topics will be illustrated by a mural.

Project Impact
300 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Lauren Hall

Monitoring and Maintenance
Home visits will be conducted to be sure the families receiving latrines have adopted the behavior changes and are using the latrines properly.

Fundraising Target
$3,100

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

Donations Collected to Date
$175

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Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming Latrine Project - Senegal

Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming Latrine Project - Senegal

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Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming Latrine Project - SenegalLocation
Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming, Kolda, Senegal

Community Description
Two communes in the Kolda region of Senegal are included in this project. The first consists of nine villages with an estimated total population of 3,100 inhabitants; the second consists of 45 villages with an estimated total population of 150,000 inhabitants.

These populations are very young: almost 50% of the population is under the age of 18. The main ethnic groups are Fulakunda, Pula-Foutah, Wolof, and Serrer.

It takes approximately 3 hours by car to travel from these communes to the regional capital, along an unpaved dirt road that can sometimes become impassible during the rainy season of July through October.

Agriculture and animal husbandry compose the bulk of economic activity in the two communes. Almost all adults, as well as many children and teenagers, are involved in some kind of agricultural or gardening activity, either for sale at the weekly Sunday market or for personal consumption. People primarily plant and harvest millet, corn, peanuts, mangoes, bananas, egg plants, okra, and chili-peppers. Other vegetables such as tomatoes and carrots are consumed within the community as well, but they are usually imported from other areas.

Both communes are located in the poorest region of the country, with the majority of the population living below the poverty line of $1.90 per day according to the World Bank. This is evident in every aspect of life: people cannot always afford food, clothing, medication or other basic necessities. Two examples can be found in education and health: a large number of students cannot afford tuition for middle or high school; and many people cannot pay the 200-300 CFA (roughly 35 US cents) to see the doctor when they suspect they (or their children) have malaria.

Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming Latrine ProjectProblem Addressed
Between them, the communes support two pre-schools, 15 elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The extreme poverty of the two communes has meant that, as of now, only nine of these schools (all at the elementary level) have been able to afford to provide their students with functioning latrines. Two other schools have latrines, but they are in a state of such complete disrepair that they cannot be used by the students. The rest of the schools have no latrines at all.

The children in these communities relieve themselves in the bush and do not wash their hands, a hygiene problem that can negatively impact both the children and their communities. Diarrhea and other illnesses related to a lack of hygiene are common.

Beyond general hygiene problems, the lack of functional latrines exacerbates gender imbalances, particularly at the higher levels of schooling. Teen girls who have reached puberty often choose to stay home during their period for lack of adequate hygiene resources. For example, in one of the communes, the ratio of boys to girls in school drops from 50/50 in primary school to 70/30 in high school. Furthermore, some classes at the high school level have no female students at all.

Project Description
The project targets schools in a number of rural villages in the Medina Yoro Foulah district of the Kolda region of Senegal. The plan is to rehabilitate 13 latrines in the village of Medina Yoro Foulah (four at the pre-school and nine at the elementary school), and to construct 16 new latrines in the following locations: four each in Sare Demba and Sinthiang Yoro Douda, and three each in Touba Mboyene, Sinthiang Sadio, Demanoufa, and Kour Sally.

The Peace Corps Volunteers in the two communes plan to address these issues through the rehabilitation of the existing latrines, the construction of new latrines where none existed previously, the implementation of joint hand washing / soap making classes for students and their parents, and the introduction of additional activities aimed specifically at girls to encourage them to stay in school (i.e. Girls’ Club, sports/nutrition class, mentoring and tutoring).

Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming Latrine Project - SenegalThe Peace Corps Volunteers will be responsible for purchasing and ensuring the delivery of most necessary project materials to the site of the repairs. The community will be responsible for quarrying and transporting the necessary quantities of sand and gravel. Water for construction is available on site (through faucets), it will also be provided by the community.

Over the course of the repairs the Peace Corps Volunteers and the Mayor will be responsible for overseeing the work on a daily basis and for dealing with any problems that arise.

More specifically, the rehabilitation of the 13 existing latrines, under the supervision of one mason and one plumber, will cover the following:

1. Elementary school (eight student latrines, one teacher latrine)

a. The pipes connecting the latrine cabins with the pit are broken. These need to be replaced.
b. The PCV pipes providing aeration have snapped off; these also need to be replaced.
c. The doors and their hinges are damaged beyond repair and need to be replaced.
d. There is currently no privacy wall in front of the latrines. This needs to be built to conform to cultural norms to allow female students to use the latrines.
e. The cement cover of the pit is cracked and needs to be re-done.
f. There is currently no running water available for students to wash their hands. A new line must be connected to the school water mainframe and faucets must be established next to the latrines.
g. The latrine holes and pipes (within the cabins) are broken. They will be replaced with Turkish seats for easier use by the students. The eight student cabins will also be tiled (as requested by the principal), to facilitate easier cleaning and maintenance through the students.
h. The teacher latrine has no roof and no door.
i. There are four latrines on the school premises that are beyond repair (the pits have caved in and the cabin bricks are disintegrating). They are a serious health hazard and need to be removed.

2. Pre-school (four toilets within one bathroom)

a. The cement cover of the latrine pit has fallen into the pit and must be re-done.
b. The toilets are all clogged and need to be un-clogged.
c. None of the four English toilets currently have seats. The students therefore cannot use the toilets, as they would fall in.
d. The toilet boxes for three of the toilets are broken and need to be replaced.
e. There is currently no running water available for students to wash their hands. The existing faucets in the bathroom will be connected to the pre-school’s water mainframe.

A second mason will be responsible for the construction of the 16 new latrines at the other schools. In each of the six villages, the village in question will appoint an assistant mason to ensure that the communities are fairly represented and involved. Two of the villages will receive four toilets each (one each for male and female students, and one each for male and female teachers and other staff). The other four villages will receive two toilets each (one each for male and female students).

Again, all materials necessary for construction (other than gravel and sand) will be bought and transported to a central drop-off location by the Peace Corps Volunteers. All of these materials, in addition to gravel and sand (which will be quarried and transported to individual villages by community members) will be transported by the villages, as will be water, in whatever quantities necessary.

The construction of the new latrines will cover the following: 1. Pit

a. The latrine pit will be 2m x 2m x 2m in size, and will be lined with cement bricks to maintain structural integrity. The pit will be dug by the community and will be lined by the mason.
b. The latrine cover will be made of cement and rebar, and will be constructed by the mason.
c. A PVC pipe extending from the pit will permit aeration.

2. Latrine Cabin

a. The latrine cabins, sized at 1m wide x 1.5m deep x 2m tall, will be built apart from the pit; waste will move from the latrine cabins to the pit via a PVC pipe. This construction ensures the longevity of the latrine: the mayors of the respective communes have agreed to incorporate money into their yearly budgets to have the pits emptied when they become full. The latrines will be built in pairs and will share one wall to reduce the materials needed for construction.
b. The latrines will be tiled to facilitate cleaning.
c. Each school will have either two or four latrines to separate for boys and girls.
d. For all new latrines, privacy walls will be built to ensure the latrines conform to cultural norms, allowing female students to use the latrines.
e. The doors of the new latrines, like those on the repaired latrines, will be made of iron. This is to ensure durability and longevity of the latrines.

Transportation of required materials from the central drop-off point to the final village location is also the responsibility of the community members. Donkey- and horse-drawn carts will be arranged to move the materials from the central drop-off point to the individual schools.

All involved parties (masons, plumber, school principals, school security guards, mayors, Peace Corps Volunteers) have agreed to share responsibility on monitoring construction materials, keeping an inventory, signing out materials, and storing it in one central and lockable location until such time as it will be used.

Rehabilitation of the existing latrines and construction of the new latrines will start at the same time, at the beginning of February 2017. The second mason and the Peace Corps Volunteers will determine the order of villages for the construction of the new latrines.

The project is backed and supported by the communities. The communities and the Peace Corps Volunteers collaborated to decide on the design, layout, and exact location of the latrines. The design was chosen in discussions between the mason, plumber, respective school principals, and Peace Corps Volunteers.

The general layout of the latrines is based on the wishes of the mayors, as they have agreed to be responsible for latrine upkeep: the latrines will be separated from the pits so trucks can periodically remove waste when the pits are full. This serves to increase the longevity of the latrines. On a day-to-day basis, general cleaning and maintenance of the latrines will be undertaken by the teachers and students at each benefiting school.

The location of the latrines on school grounds was determined during meetings with the village chiefs, principals, and presidents of the parent-teacher associations in each village.

Also, in each village, a meeting was held to decide on in-kind and labor contributions. All the communities have offered to quarry and transport the sand and gravel necessary for the construction and rehabilitation of the latrines. The remaining community contribution will be paid in cash by the mayors for their respective communes.

Project Impact
The project will immediately benefit 1,000 students (currently enrolled), 32 teachers, and 500 parents

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Laura d’Elsa and Abigail Pershing

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Peace Corps Volunteers will be responsible for the following:

- Supervising/monitoring construction/rehabilitation of 13 existing and 16 new latrines
- Conducting joint soap-making / handwashing classes at all eight schools with students and parents
- Purchasing construction materials, creating inventory list, and monitoring material use
- Tutoring / mentoring female students at all eight schools

The mayors of the two communes will be responsible for:

- Paying the 10% cash contribution
- Coordinating delivery of the 15% in-kind contribution
- Supervising/monitoring construction/rehabilitation of 13 existing and 16 new latrines
- Maintaining latrines after their rehabilitation/construction, including emptying pits and repairing them when they are broken

The masons and plumber will be responsible for building/repairing the latrines.

The eight schools (principals, teachers, students) will be responsible for:

- Inviting participants for the joint soap-making / handwashing classes
- Attending classes
- Cleaning new latrines on a regular basis

Let Girls Learn
This project is part of the Let Girls Learn program started by FLOTUS Michelle Obama in partnership with Peace Corps. The goal of this project is to keep girls attending to school. It is a part of Water Charity’s Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide.

The lack of functional latrines in these eight schools exacerbates gender imbalances. It is currently almost impossible for girls on their periods to engage in good hygiene practices while at school, especially given the total lack of functional latrines at the secondary level.

During the 2015/2016 school year, 531 students attended one of the primary schools, of whom 266 were boys and 265 were girls; that same year, 177 students attended the high school, of whom 125 were boys but only 52 were girls. This huge drop in the percentage of girls attending school is in part due to the inaccessibility of latrines. By repairing the latrines at the secondary education level, this barrier to girls’ education will be drastically reduced.

In addition, the Peace Corps Volunteers’ commitment to introduce additional activities aimed specifically at girls to encourage them to stay in school (including mentoring and the formation of Girls’ Clubs) will help address the gender imbalance issues in education.

Fundraising Target
$6,400

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

Donations Collected to Date
$1,479

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Agnam Tonguel Water System Project - Senegal

Agnam Tonguel Water System Project - Senegal

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Agnam Tonguel Water System Project - SenegalLocation
Agnam Tonguel, Podor District, St. Louis Region, Senegal

Community Description
Agnam Tonguel is a rural community situated along the national route N2, between the larger cities of Taredji and Ndioum. It is primarily a farming community, using a tributary to the Senegalese River to irrigate the fields and relying on rice and vegetable production for economic security. Being in the region of Podor, the environment is incredibly arid.

The people of Agnam have always presented their largest challenge as access to water. There is water for farming in the form of a tributary, one kilometer away, but no source of it locally aside from well water. The water table is not deep, and fortunately local wells are abundant (9 total).

Problem Addressed
Consistent need has been expressed and demonstrated for an improved water system, coming in the form of running water at local faucets. The current water sources are not adequate for multiple reasons. Primarily, the wells remain uncovered. This exposes wells to contamination, via bird droppings, trash, or buckets/ropes that are lost into the wells. Women pull water two to three times per day, typically in incredible heat. The demanding physical labor inherent in pulling water commodifies water in the village.

There is a purely economic usage of water in the village. It is for bathing, drinking, and ritual washing, but there is no water for critical health activities, such as handwashing with soap, and microfarming, in the form of gardens and agroforestry.

The local health post, used by villagers for check-ups, health talks, and delivery of babies, has no running water. This presents unique challenges in promoting effective health behaviors. Doctors and health extension workers cannot wash their hands before or after working with clients, and running water isn't available for delivery. This makes the procedures far more prone to complications.

The site of the future mosque also has a need for running water, as it is the site of daily ritual washing. The mosque is also an economic force in the village, which will be able to provide access to running water for families who do not have individual faucets.

Agnam Tonguel Water System Project - SenegalProject Description
This project is to provide running water to 25 compounds, the health structure, and site of the future mosque.

The project includes the installation of the main pipeline, terminal points at the compounds, faucets for the health structure and mosque, and counters to measure water usage.

The new Agnam Tonguel main line will tap into a major water line, running along the N2 highway and coming from the Mboyo Djeri pump-house, less than 2 km east. Mboyo Djeri has given full approval for Agnam Tonguel to use this water source, and a one-time fee of 50,000 CFA was paid in early 2016 for access to the water in the east side of the village.

The new main pipeline of Agnam Tonguel will be PVC pipe, 110 cm in diameter, which is sufficient to provide an adequate water flow for the entire village to be outfitted with faucets.

A trench fitting this large pipeline will be built by a professional digging team and aided by village volunteers. The trench will extend 550 meters from the access point near the highway, through the heart of the village and finishing slightly up slope at a cluster of compounds. Agnam Tonguel volunteer diggers will also create two smaller trenches, one leading to the health structure and one to the mosque site, of 100 meters and 50 meters respectively, as part of their in-kind labor contribution. These two branching trenches will be fitted with smaller pipes for the two individual public faucets.

Agnam Tonguel Water System Project - SenegalAfter pipes are lowered into the earth and connections are established and proven to be effective, the professional team and Agnam volunteer team will cover the subterranean pipe network. The large pipe will be capped at its terminal point, near the northern edge of the village.

The master plumber will provide private faucets in compounds that have cash prepared at the time of initial install, although these individual pipes are not to be paid for with project funds. The plumber will continue to maintain communication and work in the village, as individual families accumulate enough money to pay for their branches.

The village is providing the land for the project, and will pay nearly half of the master plumber's fee and the fee of the work supervisor. The homes along the main road of Agnam have also agreed to host the laborers for the extent of their work in village, where they will be provided three meals a day. Finally, a large sheep will be offered by the village, in proportion to the size of the project, to be sacrificed and eaten at the inception of the digging, as is tradition in nearly all Muslim communities.

Workshops will be given on the storage of water, handwashing, and water treatment for drinking, as well as the economic benefits of farming.

Project Impact
Over 2,000 people will benefit from this project, including 275 in individual compounds, and the people who attend the public facilities.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Conor Byrnes

Monitoring and Maintenance
The community has plans in place to pay for their individual water bills, along with those faucets which will be open to the public. This will ensure that funds are available to maintain and repair the improvements.

Fundraising Target
$2,800

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

Donations Collected to Date
$2,800

Total Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the G3 Foundation, of Costa Mesa, CA, USA.

Additional donations will be allocated to the Senegal Country Fund for use in the next Peace Corps project.

 

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Padaf Water System Project - Senegal

Padaf Water System Project - Senegal

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Padaf Water System Project - SenegalLocation
Village of Padaf, Commune of Kaymore, Department of Nioro Du Rip, Kaolack, Senegal

Community Description
Padaf is a relatively small village in the southeast corner of Kaolack, Senegal. Depending on the season, the village is inhabited by roughly 1,000-1,200 people.

All of the village residents speak Wolof, and some speak Pular. The village currently has one school that teaches French, science, math, geography, and physical education. Most families rely on agriculture as their main source of food, and income.

With the help of Feed The Future, the community was able to build four chicken coops and equip them with materials, chickens, and feed. The chickens raised during the first round were sold at a profit.

Problem Addressed
The major problems in the community are that the school does not have water, there is no working community garden, and no immediate access to vegetables.

The school is on the outskirts of the village and is not close to any water source. The school bathrooms are also in need of some serious repairs. Since there is no community garden, there is not a formal place for children or community members to learn gardening techniques and practices.

Padaf Water System Project - SenegalFinally, the village is split into four sub-sections, and one of those sub-sections does not have a water source. Every day women from this part of the village walk long distances to a water spigot or well in another part of the village. This takes a lot of their time and energy, which could be used elsewhere.

Project Description
This project is to (1) extend the water line to the school, (2) repair the school bathroom, (3) create a school garden, and (4) provide water to an unserved part of the village. The work will be coordinated by the Padaf School Board and the PCV.

The existing water line will be extended to reach to school, giving students and teachers access to fresh, clean water.

The building that houses the two bathrooms at the school will be repaired.

A school garden will be created to give the kids a productive place to learn a skill that they can keep with them and use for the rest of their lives. Each year, 70+ children attend the school and will be working in the garden. In addition, members of a young girls club that started by the PCV in the community will have the chance to learn and work there.

Goods that are produced in the garden will be sold in the community to help the school pay for supplies and small maintenance, as well as garden maintenance. Long term, the school would like to implement a school lunch program. Having a garden with fresh vegetables would make that much more feasible for them, and would ensure that children are getting at least one balanced meal a day.

Padaf Water System Project - SenegalThe project will also provide one area of the village that currently does not have a water source with a connection to clean water. This water line will supply upwards of 200 women, men, and children with clean water much closer to their homes.

There have been many meetings thus far figuring the logistics of the project. Suppliers and specialists who will be working on the different elements in the project have been contacted.

Once work begins, community members will come together for the physical labor, including digging trenches, making bricks and digging holes for fence posts, and generally providing all unskilled labor.

A specialist for water line installation, a mason for bathroom construction, and a business that specializes in chain-link fencing, have all been lined up.

Water Charity funds will be used for purchasing materials, including fencing, fence posts, water pipes, garden tools, and cement, as well as material transportation cost, as most materials must be purchased in the city about 50 miles away.

Project Impact
300 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Abby Evans

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Padaf School Board and the PCV will provide monitoring of the work and of the improvements after construction.

Comments
Having access to water and a clean, safe bathroom is especially important for young girls in order to feel comfortable and safe attending school while they are menstruating.

The newly available water will ensure the success of the garden, which will provide nutritional and economic benefits.

Installing a spigot in the sub-village common space will allow the women in this area more time and energy to be put in to other activities in the home, and in their work.

Fundraising Target
$1,800

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

Donations Collected to Date
$1,800

Dollar Amount Needed

$0 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Robert Victor Sager and Beatrice Mintz Sager Foundation.

Additional donations will be used for other projects in Senegal.

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