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Household Latrine Project - Senegal

Household Latrine Project - Senegal

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

Household Latrine Project - SenegalLocation
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Dxxxxxxxx, Thies Region, Senegal

Community Description
The community is located in the Thies region in Western Senegal. The population is roughly equal parts Pulaar-speaking individuals and Wolof speakers. It has been able to secure vital resources such as running water from a spigot, a paved national road, numerous fields for farming, and 5 shops in which people are able to buy basic necessities. Locally grown vegetables are the village's chief income source. The population cultivates several fields of carrots, cabbage, turnips, peanuts, mangoes, onions, bitter tomatoes, and peppers.

The community also has a primary school to educate their young children--who account for about half of the population. The entire population is led by three chiefs who intervene when issues arise, hold meetings to make the village aware of new projects or problems arising within the village, and represent the village at various events. The village is continually seeking ways to improve the quality of life for its citizens through community-led initiatives such as this latrine project.

Problem Addressed
There are a total of five compounds in the village which do not have access to a proper latrine. Members of these households resort to open defecation, which leads to sanitation-related diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia, and cholera.

A baseline survey to investigate the health practices in the community revealed that at least 25% of children under 5 had diarrhea in any two-week span. Similarly, 53% of respondents said that children were very likely to have pneumonia. These illnesses can be easily avoided with access to proper latrines and adoption of proper hygiene practices. Seven percent of respondents stated that they believed that open defecation did not have any negative consequences.

Project Description
This project is to build 5 latrines in the remaining 5 compounds in the community that currently do not have access to proper sanitation.

The work will progress as follows:

1. The latrine committee and the PCV will call on participating households to begin digging the pits.

2. The head mason and the PCV will return to the vendors with whom prices were negotiated and buy all the materials and transport them to the village.

3. The sand supplier will bring the necessary sand.

4. The brickmakers will begin making bricks to line the pits.

5. Once the bricks are dry, the mason will continue with the rest of construction and latrine installation.

a. Each latrine requires digging two pits, each with a dimension of 2x2x2 meters, lined with cement bricks, and covered with a slab. This design ensures durability so that the latrines will be able to serve a typical household over a long period of time.

b. These latrines will not require a superstructure or any kind of toilet seat. Instead, each slab will have a small hole on the top that can be covered when not in use.

6. Every day, member of the latrine committee will visit each work site to oversee construction.

7. Once finished, the local nurse will conduct follow-up home visits to ensure people are practicing proper handwashing techniques and that handwashing stations are available in each household. Solar lanterns will be distributed to participants.

Household Latrine Project - SenegalProject Impact
Fifty people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
K. Winn

Monitoring and Maintenance
A latrine committee has been created to help supervise the project. The committee consists of four community leaders who will check up on laborers’ daily progress. They will also ensure that participating households are held accountable, contributing necessary funds and attending behavior change trainings.

One of these trainings will cover latrine maintenance, ensuring that households will extend a latrine’s lifespan to its fullest potential and improve community health.

Counterparts will also conduct monthly home visits to guarantee that all household members are using and maintaining the latrine and as well as practicing proper hand washing.

Fundraising Target
$700

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

Donations Collected to Date
$0

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Dollar Amount Needed
$700

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Kaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - Senegal

Kaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - Senegal

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

Kaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - SenegalLocation
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Commune of Kaymore, Department of Nioro Du Rip, Region of Kaolack

Community Description
The community is a small rural village that gains most of its income from agriculture. The village does not have electricity but does have a water system with a few spigots throughout the village.

The French school is a primary school with two teachers and 88 students.

Problem Addressed
The French school in the community does not have bathrooms or access to water on school grounds. If the students need to use the restroom or get a drink of water, they must go seek out a compound in the village. This takes away time that the students should be spending in the classroom learning.

Project Description
This project is to build two bathrooms, and install a water line on the school grounds.

One bathroom structure will be built, with two separate bathrooms, one for girls and one for boys. A water line will be run from the main village water supply line to the building.

A local mason will be hired to do all of the construction work, and community members will dig the trench for the water line, and the hole for the bathroom.

Water Charity funds will be used for materials and to pay the mason for his work.

Kaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - SenegalThe community will contribute unskilled labor, local resources, and a small amount of money.

The project includes 20 solar lamps, to be distributed to the students as needed. Since the village does not have electricity the lamps will allow the students to study at night.

A training will be held regarding health, hygiene, sanitation, and the upkeep and maintenance of the bathrooms.

Project Impact
88 students and 2 teachers will benefit from the project each year.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
A. Evans, who previously implemented the Padaf Water System Project - Senegal.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The PCV will visit the site frequently to ensure that the facilities are being properly used and maintained.

The community is home to a few masons who can perform repairs as needed. The school teachers have played a large role in the planning of the project and will work hard to maintain what they have gained.

The WASH training will help the students understand the importance of hand washing and proper bathroom sanitation.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.

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