Conclusion of Segou Latrine Project – Senegal

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Kyle DeBoy. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to construct 10 latrines in the village and two at the border post at the edge of town.

Kyle reports:

I am happy to tell you we have completed the Segou Latrine Project here in Senegal. Twelve latrines in total were constructed.

After announcing the funding of the project to the community, people immediately began digging. Once the holes were dug, the mason began work. The work took roughly one month to complete.

Older individuals were targeted to receive the latrines nearby their houses. They were especially grateful because it prevents a long walk in the dark if sickness strikes at night. Families also conveyed how the latrines can help avoid embarrassment when a visitor from the city comes and there is no toilet for the person to use. One new mother was very happy to receive a latrine because she will no longer have to carry her newborn along on hikes to the forest when nature calls.

With the help of the Senegalese NGO Lumier, in late April we educated the community on the importance of covering latrines and hand washing.

Much work is left to be done with the shortage of latrines in Segou, but, this project doubled the number of latrines and stimulated conversation on the topic, which could lead to a continued increase in latrines and sanitation in Segou.

We are grateful to Kyle for completing this important project, and again wish to thank the Elmo Foundation for providing the bulk of the funding.