Saare Boyli Latrine Project – Senegal

Saare Boyli, Koutiaba, Koupemtoum,Tambacounda, Senegal

Community Description
Saare Boyli is a village of approximately 550 people, located in the Tambacounda region, 30 kilometers off of the national road. Comprised mostly of Pulaars, the people typically survive on subsistence farming and animal husbandry.

During the farming season, the people work extremely hard harvesting peanuts, sorghum, and millet. When the rains come, the women participate in the community garden to help bring their families the valuable vegetables that they cannot typically buy at the weekly market.

There is one primary school that serves the children of Saare Boyli and a neighboring Wolof village. There is no electricity at the school.

Diarrhea is one of the most common illnesses in the bush. One cause of that is open defecation. Flies land on feces, and carry around diseases that make humans ill. They then land on food, causing diarrheal disease. Diarrhea is especially bad for children, as their immune systems are not as strong as adults. One method of decreasing the high levels of diarrhea and putting an end to the oral-fecal cycle is the construction of latrines.

In 2008, a former Peace Corps volunteer brought approximately fifty latrines to the village of Saare Boyli. Her efforts brought an increase in sanitation and in the overall health of the village as well. Unfortunately, however, not every compound was able to partake in the project at that time. There are currently thirteen households without latrines or with collapsed latrines.

Project Description
This project is to build 15 latrines for the community. Each will be 1 meter in diameter and 3-4 meters deep.

Project funding will pay for the construction of concrete platforms to cover the holes.

Family members are expected to dig their own holes, bring in sand and rock, provide the water for mixing the cement, buy their own soap, and make a modest financial contribution.

In addition, families will each build a fence/enclosure, primarily composed of millet stalk and wire, for their own latrine.

In order to encourage sustainability, every participating household will contribute one person to learn the construction and maintenance of the latrine. This is to prevent the need to re-hire the mason to fix problems in the future.

Project Impact
100 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Anna Alsobrook

This project will make it so that there will be adequate latrines to serve the entire community. This will allow compliance with proper standards of sanitation and hygiene, and will therefore lead toward a significant reduction in disease.

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, together with friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Anna Alsobrook.

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