Affe Tidiane Latrine Project – Senegal

Affe Tidiane, in the Kaffrine region of Senegal

Community Description
Affe Tidiane is a village of 300 people, located 7 km north of Kaffrine, 60 km from Kaolack, and about 300 km from the capital, Dakar. Most residents are from the Wolof ethnic group, but a few are Pulaar.

There are 22 family compounds, each with about 15-20 residents. Only 3 families own their own latrines. Everyone else goes out to the bush when they need to use the bathroom.

Project Description
This project is to build 16 latrines in the community.

The project is being carried out under the direction of the Affe Tidiane Men’s Group. Recipients have been chosen by lottery, and understand the requirements of participation.

Each latrine will be 1 meter to 2 meters deep, depending on the size of the family. It should last about 3 years, after which a new hole can be dug and the cement plate re-used.

The soil in the village is sufficiently compact that it can support the cement plate, and cement lining will not be needed.

Two masons, Kaeba Ndao and Abdoulaye Willan, have been contracted to do the work. The masons will dig the holes, build the iron frame, mix the cement with the sand, build the cement frame with the iron frame inside of it, and place it on top of the hole.

Water Charity funds will pay for the labor of the masons.

Each family is responsible for buying and transporting the materials, consisting of a bag of cement, the bars, the wire, and bringing the sand to the compound. After completion of each latrine, the family will build a fence of millet stalks to surround the latrine area.

Project Impact
320 people will benefit from this project, comprised of 16 families, each of containing about 20 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Laura Perez

This is a necessary infrastructure project that will contribute greatly to the health and well-being of the entire village. All of the residents are enthusiastic about the project, which will ensure its completion, and lead to proper maintenance, replacement, and replication in the future.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Karen Shaines/ Nate Spiller (Senegal RPCV ’70 -‘ 72) and his colleagues in the Plan Benefits Security Division, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor.

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

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