Diambo Soubalo Primary School Latrine Restoration Project – Senegal

Diambo Soubalo, Saint Louis, Senegal

Community Description
Diambo Soubalo is located in northern Senegal in the region of Saint Louis, a few kilometers from the Mauritania border. It is a community of approximately 1,700 people whose primary vocation is farming.

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 residents of Diambo Soubalo are of the fisherman caste.

Diambo Soubalo has a health facility, primary school and mosque, making it a hub for smaller neighboring villages.

The Diambo Soubalo Primary School serves 160 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 only two working latrines for its students and teachers. This represents a very serious hygiene and sanitation problem for everyone who studies, works and lives in the area. Since the time that each student has to use the bathroom before school or between classes is limited, students often resort to inadequate and unsafe hygiene practices.

Project Description
This project is to restore 2 ventilated improved pit latrines that have fallen into disrepair.

These latrines were built many years ago and the doors and septic pipes have since degraded, rendering the unusable. The doors of both latrines have deteriorated, their floors are crumbling and the septic pipes need to be cleared in order to ensure private and hygienic use.

Each latrine is already connected to a central septic tank, which can be pumped when full. The design of this tank is meant to minimize the frequency of times it must be pumped to reduce the cost of maintaining these latrines.

The project will be managed and monitored by the school director Monsieur Dia who is well versed in development projects.

The transportation of materials necessary to complete the project will be contributed by the village of Diambo Soubalo. Cheikh Diallo will provide transport and assistance in purchasing materials. Moussa Sow, the village mason, will provide the requisite labor and will be assisted by a team from the village who will transport water to the site for cement.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including aeration piping (for the septic tank), two sacks of cement, flooring, two metal doors, and paint. In addition, the mason will be paid for installing the doors and repairing the floor and piping.

Project Impact
160 students and 7 teachers will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Evan Spark-DePass

Evan previously successfully completed the Diambo Diawbe Primary School Latrine Project – Senegal.

By installing metal doors and repairing the flooring and piping within the latrines, this project will provide a private and secure sanitation facility which will help to instill proper hygiene habits among the students and faculty of the school.

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.