Conclusion of Community Health Hut Construction Project – Senegal

Community Health Hut Construction Project – SenegalThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Olivia Kenna. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to construct a new health hut to serve the villages of Foulamory Demba, Foulamory Yero, Saere Djiba and Saere Sawaly, in the Kolda region of Southern Senegal. Water Charity participated in the construction by providing funding for the water and sanitation parts of the project.

Olivia reports:

The primary goal of the project was to create a community health structure for the four rural villages where I worked, so that people would be able to seek timely treatment for their injuries and illnesses, and so that women would have a safe place to give birth, assisted by a trained midwife.

Community Health Hut Construction Project – SenegalThe community contribution was to make the clay bricks to form the walls of the structure, as well as to carry water to the worksite and assist the masons with their work.

The structure was completed, and services were commenced. Olivia describes how the project was received:

The health hut is currently functioning extremely well, and the two mid-wives chosen by the community are about to start a six-month training in the nearest city of Velingara.

The community will have access to immediate diagnosis and treatment of their health issues, and will be referred to the larger health clinic in the area for treatment of more complex health problems.

The community of Foulamory is very grateful, especially the women who now do not have to travel the 5 km to the nearest larger health clinic to find medicines for their children.

Thank you very much for your contribution to the project!

In addition to this project to build the health hut, Olivia also completed the Foulamory Health Hut Well Project – Senegal under our Appropriate Projects initiative during her service. She is looking to do another project before completing her service in Senegal.

We are grateful to Olivia for the great work she is doing.

We again wish to thank Six Senses Resorts & Spas for providing the funds for this project.

Olivia Kenna, PCV - Community Health Hut Construction Project – SenegalOlivia Kenna, PCV - Community Health Hut Construction Project – Senegal