Ségou Latrine Project
Organized by: Ian-Huei Yau
Ian-Huei Yau via Crowdrise
December 19, 2014
Event Name: Christmas Challenge
Open-air defecation is still a common problem in Sénégal and my home of Ségou is no exception. Two years ago, French NGO La Lumière assessed the availability of latrines in the region and found Ségou severely lacking. Since then, I have worked with health volunteers Jeju Diallo and Sulayman Coulibaly to comprehensively survey the village to determine 84 households in need of latrines. Our goal is to have one latrine available per every six residents of Ségou.
Community members have already begun digging two-meter pits. This project will provide the funds for cement, rebar and masonry to cap the latrines. Any funds in excess of those required for latrine capping will go towards health and hygiene education and repairing latrines at the Ségou primary school.
As an agroforestry Peace Corps volunteer, the majority of my work will bear fruit I will not see during my two-year service. I cannot adequately express my excitement about this project which will immediately improve the quality of life in my community. The benefits of something so simple as a contained location for defecation are truly humbling. Surface and groundwater contamination and spread of fecal coliforms responsible for chronic diarrheal diseases are dramatically reduced. Perhaps most importantly, I strongly believe the fundamental impact on human dignity will ripple throughout the lives of the people of Ségou.
Any contributors to this project, if so desired, can have an inscription inscribed on a latrine cap! The latrine caps are rebar-reinforced cement slabs overlaying two-meter pit latrines. Just tell me what you would like written in your donor comment and I will make sure it gets done. It could be your name, a haiku or anything else you think would fit on a corner of a cement latrine cap. I can even translate your message into Pulaar. I will send you a photo of your inscribed latrine cap with a message about the family whose lives you helped. Thank you so much for your generosity.