Ecole Dahra Montagne Latrine Project – Senegal

Dahra, Department of Linguere, Louga Region, Senegal

Community Description
Dahra is located in the middle of Senegal, on the Route Nationale. It is considered the last major economic hub before reaching the Ferlo area, where Pulaar nomads herd their livestock. The town is comprised of both Wolof and Pulaar speakers, with a population ranging from 20,000 to 40,000, dependent upon the season.

Dahra has numerous schools to educate its population. However, those schools that are on the outskirts of town are often lacking in resources. The primary school Ecole Dahra Montagne is one of those schools.

Construction for Ecole Dahra Montagne began in 2009 to aid in the education of the Nget neighborhood’s growing population. Since then, only one of the proposed school buildings has been completed. The school opened its doors in October, 2011, unable to wait on the completion of the school. The school provides education for 127 students, at 5 different grade levels.

Currently, the school is composed of one completed building, which has two classrooms, and an unfinished house nearby that houses the other 3 classrooms. There is no bathroom facility. During the day, the older school children are able to walk to a nearby house to use their bathroom facility, but the younger children must wait or use the temporary latrine that the teachers of the school constructed.

Project Description
This project is to build a 3-stall latrine structure at the primary school Ecole Dahra Montagne.

The latrines will be housed in a simple reinforced-concrete building, 4.5 meters by 1.5 meters, and divided into 3 stalls. It will have a metal roof and metal doors, and each stall will have a Turkish toilet.

Each stall will be connected via PVC piping to a septic tank dug a few meters to the side of the building. The tank will be deep in order to ensure that it will not fill quickly with so many students using the latrines each day. The tank will be 3 meters by 4 meters in length and width, and 3 meters deep, rebar-reinforced and cement lined.

Appropriate Projects funds will be used to purchase materials, including cement, piping, and rebar, and to pay the mason.

The school’s parent/ teacher association will be responsible for some of the labor necessary for digging the septic tank and for painting the building.

The school children will be responsible for cleaning the latrine using water obtained from the nearest community water supply.

Project Impact
127 students and 6 teachers will directly benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Laura Livesay – Senegal

This is an essential project to provide for the sanitation needs of this new school. It is well planned, using the appropriate technology to maximize impact for the funds spent.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has 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 Laura Livesay of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Laura 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.