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Weinde Latrine Project - Senegal

Weinde Latrine Project - Senegal
Location
Weinde, Birkilane District, Kaffrine Region, Senegal

Community Description
Weinde is a small rural community in the Kaffrine region of Senegal. There are 70 households in the village and an estimated population of 1,500. All community members participate in small holder farming; only a few community members have significant other sources of income.

Weinde Latrine Project - Senegal

Problem Addressed
Currently, only half (35) of the households in the community have a latrine. On average, there are 42 community members to each latrine in the village. Because of the high use of the existing latrines, even those built within the last few years are quickly filling and need to be replaced. Eight households report frequently defecating in the open.

A lack of proper hygiene practices contributes to the high frequency and incidence of diarrheal diseases in the community.

Project Description
This project is to build 50 latrines in the village and to implement a comprehensive hygiene campaign.

The project, known in Wolof as "Andal Setal Sunu Dekk," (Join Us-Clean Up Our Village) aims to improve local hygiene and sanitation.

The latrines will be built through PEPAM, a local latrine-building project. PEPAM builds flushing latrines in villages for the subsidized price of 15,000 cfa per latrine.

A team of masons will be hired to go to the village, where they dig the pits and assemble the latrines.

A comprehensive hygiene campaign whose aim is to increase the frequency of hygienic behaviors, such as hand washing, among villagers, will be implemented.

Community members who participate in the hygiene aspect of the project will be given a voucher for 5,000 cfa toward their latrine; the family is responsible for paying the remaining 10,000 cfa.

To receive a voucher, community members must attend a hygiene sensitization and handwashing demonstration. One male and one female member of each participating household must demonstrate proper handwashing techniques. Soap must be placed inside the latrine and a latrine cover must be ready to use.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase materials.

The community will pay 2/3 of the cost of the latrines.

Project ImpactWeinde Latrine Project - Senegal
All 1,500 people in the village will benefit from the project, which will more than double the number of latrines in the village. In addition to the construction of the new latrines, the households where there are existing latrines will benefit from the reduced traffic.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Rachel Folkerts

Comments
The project will decrease sanitation-related diseases, such as diarrhea, in the community by providing a place for sanitary defecation and by increasing handwashing behaviors through education and other actions designed to produce lasting behavior change.

Dollar Amount of Project
$520.83

Donations Collected to Date
$170.00 from the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin.

Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$350.83

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

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Weinde Latrine Project - Senegal

Weinde Latrine Project - SenegalLocation
Weinde, Mbirkilane District, Kaffrine Region, Senegal

Community Description
Weinde is a Wolof village situated between Kaolack and Kaffrine. It is 9 kilometers on bush roads from the nearest road town of Mbirkilane. It has running water accessible from community spigots throughout the village, but does not have electricity.

With 1,500 inhabitants, Weinde is one of the largest villages in the area.

Within the village are 65 compounds, 13 of which have latrines. This means that the vast majority of the villagers are forced to defecate in the open just outside the village and do not wash with soap afterwards. This practice in not only humiliating, but due to the lack of sanitary conditions it is a major cause of diarrheal diseases.

Weinde Latrine Project - SenegalProject Description
This project is construct 15 latrines in households throughout the village.

The latrines will be of a simple style. Members of households throughout the village will dig a hole 2 meters deep and 1 meter wide. They will also collect sand to mix with the cement.

The holes will be lined with cement bricks made on site.

The cement caps will be constructed by laying rebar within a wood mold made of planks. The cement will then be poured into the mold and left to set.

Each latrine will be enclosed in a fence made of either millet stalks or branches woven between posts. The type of enclosure is chosen by the household, which will be responsible for the construction.

Eric Noel - Peace Corps VolunteerThe locations were chosen by discussing with households how many people would be using the latrines between multiple households. Locations that would offer the largest coverage were selected.

A skilled laborer who has attended trainings on building latrines will be hired to cement the interior of the pits as well as create the cement caps. A ventilation tube will also be installed into the cement cap of each latrine.

Each participating household will also contribute 1,000 CFA to help pay the laborer and purchase a bottle of soap for their participation in a training on proper hand washing techniques and how to avoid diarrheal diseases.

Project Impact
This project benefit 500 people by giving them access to latrines.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Eric Noel

Comments
This project will increase the number latrines in the village, and thus provide greater access to latrines for all villagers. The result will be a significant reduction in gastro-intestinal disease in the community.

The project incorporates a large amount of participation by the villagers, resulting in a high impact per dollar spent, and ensuring sustainability.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00 + additional amounts.

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative. Additional funds were contributed by the Elmo Foundation, and were allocated to future projects in Senegal.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Eric Noel of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Eric and/or those other PCVs in the country of service.

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

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