Gana Balol Latrine Project – Senegal

Gana Balol, Ogo, Matam, Matam, Senegal

Community Description
Gana Balol is a rural community located in the arrondissement of Ogo, department of Matam, region of Matam, in northwestern Senegal. The village consists of 727 villagers, 64 families, and 43 compounds.

Currently, only 14 of these compounds have working latrines. As a result, the remaining families defecate in the weeds beside their houses, or on the edge of the village. Children often defecate on the paths leading into the village and near or in the seasonal river where people also bathe and wash their clothes. This creates a major health problem for the villagers of Gana Balol.

Project Description
Five well-built latrines with attached septic tanks will be installed in Gana Balol.

Each latrine will be a cement-lined pit latrine with a protective structure. The design is modeled off the working latrines in Gana Balol, which are regularly pumped without issue.

All work will be done by the families receiving the latrines. Project funds will pay for building materials only.

The families receiving latrines will be chosen by region through a lottery process. This will ensure fair distribution of the latrines, both on the compound level and regionally throughout the village.

Cement and metal materials will be purchased from a boutique 3k away. The clay/dirt will be collected from the river by the families receiving the latrines.

The mason/president of the latrine committee, Mamadou Samba Jallo, will train and supervise the families as they dig their own ditches and collect clay from the river.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 252 people, including 84 who will have a latrine in their own compound, with the remainder having access by living next to a compound and receiving a new latrine.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Camille Bevans

This project is a good start toward improving the sanitation of the community and thereby reducing the incidence of disease. It is well-organized, with great community support.

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, with the help of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Camille Bevans.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Camille 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.