Touba Mouride Latrine Project – Senegal

This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Touba Mouride, Fatick Region, Senegal

Community Description
Touba Mouride has around 2,100 people, living in 217 households. A primarily ethnically Wolof town, it is largely devoted to agriculture practices, including raising peanuts, millet, and corn. In addition, it has a large women’s garden. A small subset of the village is Pulaar, living in a small community outside Touba Mouride, but still included in the village census.

Touba Mouride is filled with hard-working families who are committed to improving their health status. There are a highly functional health hut and committee, and the health hut serves 15 surrounding villages.

Problem Addressed
A baseline survey showed that of the 56 households sampled, 50% have a latrine that is only a simple unlined dug hole for a pit, 25% have a latrine with a pit lining, and 25% have no latrines.

Project Description
This project is to build 30 new family latrines in the community. The latrines will be simple slab pit-style, with each family providing the simple reed structure or room structure.

The latrines will be built away from major water sources, such as wells, as well as cooking areas, to avoid contamination. The work will be done by two experienced masons and their team of skilled workers.

Each latrine pit will be 2.5 meters deep, and 2 meters on each side. The pit walls will be lined with bricks made from cement and sand, along with mortar between the bricks. On all four corners, there will be columns that will provide structural integrity.

The plate over the hole will be built with cement and lined with rebar so prevent collapsing. The bottom plate of the pit will be built in the same manner as the top due to the weight that must be supported.

The sand will be provided by the participating members of the community.

A series of health talks will be conducted with all beneficiaries. Topics will include hand washing at the five critical times, childhood illnesses related to WASH, disadvantages of open defecation, and latrine maintenance. The topics will be illustrated by a mural.

Project Impact
300 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Lauren Hall

Monitoring and Maintenance
Home visits will be conducted to be sure the families receiving latrines have adopted the behavior changes and are using the latrines properly.

Fundraising Target

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date


Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you “naming rights” if that is something you would like.

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