Diambo Diawbe Primary School Latrine Project – Senegal

Diambo Diawbe, Saint-Louis Region, Senegal

Community Description
Diambo Diawbe is a community of approximately 1,000 people in northern Senegal, a few kilometers from the Mauritania border.

The village lacks running water and electricity. However, it is located next to a paved road which facilitates transport to local markets and nearby towns.

The primary vocation of the residents of Diambo Diawbe is farming. They are of the herder caste and consequently have little interaction with their closest neighboring villages which are entirely fisherman caste.

One public space that is shared among these villages is a nearby health post, since Diambo Diawbe has no formal health facility.

The Diambo Diawbe Primary School serves 91 students and runs in a multigrade format so that each teacher can teach multiple classes. Students who pass their exams and can afford middle school travel to Taredji (6 km) for classes.

The school has never had toilets or any sort of bathrooms for its students and teachers. This represents very serious hygiene and sanitation problem for everyone who studies, works and lives in the area.

Project Description
This project is to build 3 ventilated improved pit latrines at the school.

Each latrine will be connected to a central septic tank, which can be pumped when full. The design will minimize the frequency of the need for pumping, thereby reducing the cost of maintaining these latrines.

Each latrine will have cement walls, a wooden door, and a metal roof to both ensure privacy and protection. Furthermore, the aeration pipes connected to the septic tank will be fitted with screens to prevent flies from escaping the facility and spreading contaminants.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including cement, sand, iron, wood and metal (for the roof), wood (for the doors), nails, aeration pipes, and tubes (to connect to the septic tank).

The labor and transportation of materials necessary to complete the project will be contributed by the village of Diambo Diawbe. Amadou Sow will provide transport and assistance in purchasing materials. Cheikh Fall, the village mason, will provide the requisite labor and will be assisted by a team from the village who will dig a hole for the septic tank and transport water to the site for cement.

The project will be monitored and managed by the school director Monsieur Ly who is well versed in development projects, and PCV Evan Spark-DePass.

Project Impact
95 people will be directly affected by the project, including 91 students and 4 teachers.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Evan Spark-DePass

There is a great need for this project, the first sanitary facilities at the school. It uses appropriate technology, taking into consideration the costs associated with construction and maintenance. It has the widespread support of the school faculty, staff, and parents, as well as the community at large.

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 Evan of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or other projects in the country of service.

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