École Primarie de Darou Keur Ibrahima Sagnane Latrine Project – Senegal

Darou Keur Ibrahima Sagnane, Nioro Allasane Tall, Foundgioune, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description
Darou Keur Ibrahima Sagnane is a small farming village in the southeast region of Fatick, Senegal. The site is within 20 km of the Delta du Saloum National Park, a  protected estuary adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.

 Of the approximately 350 people who call Darou Keur Ibrahima Sagnane home, the majority are ethnically Wolof. The community’s roots are in agriculture, farming the basics of millet, peanut, rice, sorghum and corn. Many men who live with their families in the village spend the majority of their time working as tailors and taxi drivers in larger urban settings.

Education is a priority for the community. École Primarie de Darou Keur Ibrahima Sagnane is a primary school that provides for the youth of Darou Keur Ibrahima Sagnane as well as several surrounding villages. Four teachers serve approximately 130 students as of the 2011-2012 school year. The school director supervises the four other instructors as well as providing his services as a teacher. The Association des Parents d’Élèves assists in maintaining a safe learning environment for the children.

Due to the lack of government funding, the school site lacks the basics of latrines, electricity, doors and windows. At the top on the “wish list” for the school director is the construction of a sanitary latrine facility to accommodate the entire school population.

School children and teachers alike must leave the premises if “nature calls”. Many of the children use surrounding fields, ditches, and orchards as a bathroom rather than walking home. Also, during the soccer season, many players and spectators use these same fields to relieve themselves. In the rainy season, water runs off from these contaminated areas only to collect in the neighboring rice fields.

Project Description
This project is to construct 2 new large latrines for the use of the students, teachers, and the remaining community.

Appropriate Projects funds will be used to purchase the cement to construct the bricks and caps, iron rebar, and PVC piping. Also included will be payment for the labor of a skilled mason as well as transportation charges.

The members of the Association des Parents d’Élèves will dig the 2 m x 3 m holes as well as provide the materials and labor to transport the sand and gravel to the construction site.

The holes will be lined with cement bricks. This will ensure that the latrines will not collapse during possible rainy season flooding. The cement bricks and caps will be made by an experienced local mason who is well respected for the quality of his work.

PVC piping will be used to ventilate the latrines. Privacy fencing will be erected around both latrines utilizing millet stalks that will be replaced yearly at minimal cost to the Association des Parents d’Élèves.

An essential element of the project will be the accompanying sanitation causerie to be conducted in the village by Health PCVs with the assistance of the PCV at site and the local health relais.

Remaining Appropriate Projects funds will also be used to construct a handwashing station consisting of a heavy duty plastic barrel with a lid, a bucket for refilling from robinet, and a spigot.

Project Impact
Approximately 200 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Amy Watts

This is in essential infrastructure project for the school and community. The control of the solid waste will yield substantial health benefits.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Sunil Amanna of Roseville, CA, USA.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Amy Watts of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Amy 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.