Ngaraff Health Hut Water and Sanitation Project – Senegal

Ngaraff, Linguere, Louga, Senegal

Community Description
Ngaraff is a 400-person community located on the national highway near the town of Linguere, in the department of Linguere, region of Louga, Senegal. The population of the village is primarily composed of ethnic Wolof people surviving on the subsistence farming of millet, peanuts, and beans.

There is no electricity, and water is drawn from a few taps scattered throughout the village whose source is a deep-bore well located five kilometers away. Primary health challenges include complicated pregnancies, child malnutrition, respiratory distress, and malaria.

Under the existing circumstances, the health system in Ngaraff functions very poorly because there is not an appropriate setting in which to administer health care, store health supplies, and conduct vital health-related activities such as preventative health education, STD testing, baby weighings, nutrition demonstrations, and pre- and post-natal care.

Women of Ngaraff rally to free the Health Hut of weeds.

Ngaraff’s current medical facility consists of a two-room Health Hut located on the edge of the village. Health huts, usually found in
Senegal’s small- to mid-sized- villages, are small community structures where local health workers can provide basic medical services. This Health hut site, however, lacks several elements to make it a viable health care facility, including running water and a bathroom.

Given Ngaraff’s location on the main highway, it also has the potential to serve a health hub for a very large number of more isolated communities set farther back from the road. The members of these remote communities, even more so than the people of Ngaraff, suffer from a lack of access to basic, safe, reliable health care facilities.

Project Description
This project is to bring water to the health hut and build a latrine inside the health compound.

Laundry day!

To coincide with a general health structure rehabilitation initiative, a water pipeline will be extended to the hut and a tap will be installed.

A safe, sanitary, cement-lined pit latrine will be built in conjunction with the building of a wall around the entire compound.

Project funds will be used for the necessary materials, equipment, labor, and transportation.

The project will be supervised by the Village Health Committee. Masons have been retained for the skilled labor.

The people of Ngaraff will provide the sand and rocks for the latrine and will be responsible for digging the pit and the trench required for the latrine and the water pipeline.

In addition, the village health workers, the health committee, and the Peace Corps Volunteer will undertake an extensive health education program that will include a variety of preventative health causeries, baby weighings, nutrition demonstrations, and regular STD testings.

Project Impact
This project will directly benefit all 400 people of the village of Ngaraff. Additionally, the hundreds of people residing in the more isolated communities located farther from the road will benefit by increased access to health services.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Emily Naftalin

In facilitating the consistent health services of a functional health center, this project will improve the overall environmental and physical health of the staff and patients as well as the people living in the village and surrounding areas.

Health workers will be able to clean wounds, wash their hands, and treat sick people with greater safety and efficiency. In addition, staff will be able to regularly and effectively clean and sanitize the facility.

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 Emily Naftalin.

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