Bamkoto Latrine Project – Senegal

Bamkoto, Kaffrine, Senegal

Community Description
Bamkoto is a small village in Kaffrine, comprised of 160 people living in 8 compounds.

Problem Addressed
There is only one latrine in the village. For most adults and children, the only place to urinate and defecate is in the surrounding fields. The lack of a proper waste disposal system is responsible for many cases of diarrhea and other sanitation-related illnesses in the area.

Project Description This project is to build 8 latrines in Bamkoto.

Each household will be responsible for digging a 2 x 2 meter hole and making the necessary bricks. The hole will be reinforced with cement bricks. A pipe will connect the toilet with the pit, and a screened vertical pipe will provide ventilation while preventing the entry of mosquitos.

The materials will be purchased in Kaffrine and transported to Bamkoto on horse carts.

A skilled mason will manage the construction, with the help of 18 villagers.

After all the latrines have been completed, there will be a community training on how to prevent diarrhea, including the importance of washing hands with soap.

With the skills developed, villagers will have the capacity to keep the latrines in repair and build more in the future as the village grows.

Project Impact
150 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jessie Maier

With the completion of this project, there will be a latrine in every compound, eliminating the open defecation that currently causes diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, and cholera.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the SLOW LIFE Foundation as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

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