School Latrines Project in Mali

Mali LandscapeMali, located in Western Africa, is a landlocked nation, the seventh largest country in Africa. It borders on Algeria on the north, Niger on the east, Burkina Faso and the Côte d’Ivoire on the south, Guinea on the south-west, and Senegal and Mauritania on the west.

This project is being done in a very poor community, currently suffering under drought conditions. A secondary school was recently constructed, but there are not yet latrines for the schoolyard.

Diarrhea and dysentery are prevalent due to lack of sanitation.

Two sanitary latrines will be constructed at a secondary school, one for boys and one for girls. In addition handwashing stations will be built.

Project funds will be used to purchase cement, rebar, tin roofing, doors, paint, and other construction materials.

Villagers will go to the fields to provide 100 donkey carts of sand, 60 carts of gravel, and 12 carts of large rocks.

Local well-diggers will dig the latrine pits. Local masons will construct the latrines and hand-washing stations. The villagers will pay for the transportation of all purchased materials. Through the extensive use of local labor and resources, sustainability will be ensured.

The project is being done under the supervision of Peace Corps Volunteer Z. Mason.

Farming in Mali

As a result of this project, 7th through 9th-grade students will be able to practice proper hygiene and thereby reduce disease transmission. Girls will especially benefit from the privacy afforded by the enclosed latrines.

The participation of Water Charity in this project has now been funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in Mali.

This project has been completed. To read about the conclusion of this project, CLICK HERE.