Darou Ibrahima Sagnane Latrine Project – Senegal

Darou Ibrahima Sagnane, Fatick Senegal

Community Description
Darou Sagnane is a small farming village in Fatick, Senegal about 20 km north of the Gambia border and 25 km east of the coast. It has a population of about 350 people. Villagers belong to the Wolof ethnic group.

Rainy season farming is the primary income-generating activity for the people of Darou. They also earn money from fruit tree orchards and dry season gardening. Many villagers are forced to leave in search of greater economic opportunities in large cities such as Kaolack and Dakar. Each family faces great difficulty in meeting its financial needs.

Most family compounds don’t have an adequate latrine. People have to walk long distances to an appropriate location outside of village grounds. Lack of proper sanitation facilities also leads to an increase in rates of gastrointestinal diseases such as cholera, amoebic dysentery, and parasitic worms.


Project Description
This project is to construct new latrines and repair existing damaged latrines, with the result that upon completion of the project, members of each compound in the village will have access to an adequate latrine.

Project funds will be used to purchase cement, iron rebar, and PVC piping.

The latrines will be made by a local mason who lives in the village.

Two-meter holes will be dug by the villagers, and the holes will be lined with cement bricks. This will ensure that the latrines will not collapse during possible rainy season flooding. Several villagers already have latrine platforms and simply need a new hole and cement bricks.

Families will dig their own holes, contribute one sack of cement, and provide the rocks and sand needed for brick construction.

Once latrines are finished, families will be educated in the benefits of proper sanitation practices.

Project Impact
350 villagers will benefit from this project

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
David Lothamer

This is a project that mobilizes and empowers the entire community in that as a result every villager will have access to an adequate latrine.

The personal commitment required from each participant in labor and materials ensures an ongoing commitment to maintaining the latrine.

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 Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust 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 David Lothamer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by David and/or those of his counterpart PCVs in Senegal.

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