Amindratombo School Latrine Project – Madagascar

FKT Amindratombo, C/R Sahambavy, District Lalangina, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

Community Description
The community of Sahambavy, located in the southern highlands of Madagascar, consists of approximately 17,000 people spread across 10 villages. Sahambavy is known for all of the tea production in Madagascar, is a stop on one of the last operating train routes in-country, and has a hotel to accommodate travelers.

The village of Amindratombo is located about 7 km away from the center of the commune with a population of about 1,500 people. It has a primary school that houses grades 1-5 and the students range from 5 to 10 years old.

A previous well project, under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Tisa Kunkee, the Amindratombo School Well Project – Madagascar, was just completed at the same primary school. Now the students and neighboring villagers have a clean water source, but the students still use the woods nearby as a bathroom. Most of the primary schools do not have latrines, including this one, which contaminates farming fields and other water sources available to the village.

Project Description
This project is to build 2 latrines at the primary school in the village of Amindratombo. The latrines will be built within one structure, one for the students and one for the teachers.

Project funds will be used to purchase and transport the following materials: bricks, cement, wood, mortar, sand, paint, sheet metal and locks.

During the previous well project, the technicians dug 20+ meters but hit rock, leaving a big empty hole. This hole will now be used for the latrines.

The technicians will dig angles so that both latrines will empty into the one hole. The major part of the project will be purchasing and transporting the materials to the site and building the latrine structure.

Labor and equipment costs are included in the budget as well. The same technician from the well project will manage the latrine project. Bricks, nails, cement, and paint left over from the well project will be used for the latrines.

An opening ceremony for the well and latrines will follow the completion of the latrines where an educational session will be given about the links of diarrheal diseases, latrines, handwashing, clean water, and health.

Project Impact
200+ students and 3 teachers will directly benefit from the project. Indirect beneficiaries will be the approximately 1,500 villagers.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Tisa Kunkee

This project is necessary for the health and well-being of the students and staff at the school. It utilizes the existing hole for the storage of waste and leftover materials to build the latrines. The latrines serve to protect the environment, and specifically the water source.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project now has 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 Peace Corps Volunteer Tyler Dato of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Tyler 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.