Sakagne Latrine Project – Senegal

Sakagne Wolof, Communité Rural of Ndiago, Département of Guinguineo, Kaolack Region, Senegal

Community Description
Sakagne Wolof is a small village in the Département of Guinguineo. It has a total of 75 people with about 15 compounds families. The name of the village chief is Pape Ndieye.

They have no electricity and are 6 km away from the nearest paved road. The people who live in Sakagne Wolof are farmers, growing primarily millet and peanuts. They have an elementary school that is shared with several villages nearby; kids walk to the neighboring village Ndiago for secondary school.

There are currently 2 latrines (built by a few enterprising individuals), but the vast majority of the villagers will walk into the bush to relieve themselves, and children usually relieve themselves directly behind huts. This contributes to the oral-fecal cycle, and lowers the overall health of the village.

Project Description
This project is to build 14 pit latrines in the village.

The latrine design consists of a 2-meter hole in the ground of 1 meter in diameter that will be lined with either cement or bricks. It will be covered with a rebar-reinforced concrete platform.

The design of these latrines is such that when one pit fills, the platform can simply be lifted and moved on top of a newly dug pit.

Project funds will be used to purchase the supplies necessary for construction: cement, iron for supporting the cement, wood for the frames, and a pipe for ventilation.

Coordinated by the Sakagne Garden & Health Collective, the people of Sakagne Wolof will provide the transport of materials and labor of digging the holes and cementing the latrines. In addition, they will provide sand and rocks to mix with the cement to make the concrete. Finally, they will build the enclosures from local materials.

Project Impact
75 people living in 14 compounds of the village will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Andrew Oberstadt

Through this project, the sanitary conditions in the village will be much improved. This will lead to a reduction in the incidence of parasites and diarrheal diseases.

The project was chosen by the community after seeing the effectiveness of a similar project in a nearby village. Providing the labor and raw materials, they show a great commitment to the project, thus ensuring sustainability and future compliance with safe hygiene practices.

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.

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