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Conclusion of Diambo Soubalo Primary School Latrine Restoration Project – Senegal
The project was to restore 2 ventilated improved pit latrines at the school.
The Diambo Soubalo Primary School Latrine Restoration Project was completed in just over 2 weeks. The project successfully doubled the number of working latrines at the school and will provide safe and clean bathrooms for the entire school community.
160 students and 7 teachers have been directly affected by this project. The design of one of the latrines allows for it to double as a place to bathe, which will improve the quality of life for those teachers residing at the school dramatically.
The project was managed from start to finish by Peace Corps Volunteer Evan Spark-DePass and the school director Monsieur Dia. In order to furnish the latrines with long lasting and aesthetically pleasing tile and porcelain “seats” Monsieur Dia raised funds within the school community to contribute to the project.
All of the materials were purchased in one week from the neighboring towns of Podor, Taredji and Ndioum and delivered to the site by villagers and supporters from Diambo Soubalo.
In the second week of the project Pape Diop completed all of the requisite labor. The water necessary for mixing the cement was provided by a dedicated group of women who brought large buckets of water from the well every day.
Since the completion of the project I have received comments from many people expressing their gratitude for being provided with the means to carry out this project. They’ve also remarked on the durable construction and latrines’ attractiveness as both a point of pride and with regard to how long they will provide a safe and appealing sanitation system for the school community.
Monsieur Dia and PCV Evan Spark-DePass would like to thank Appropriate Projects for their assistance in carrying out this project.
We again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding for this project.