Water, Sanitation & Environment in Senegal

Having increased access to water is crucial not only to decreasing disease, but also to empowering women.

The Hunger Project firmly believes that empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Women too often bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. By reducing the distance women must go to fetch water they are thus allowed more time for their own financial or personal pursuits, improving the quality of life for entire families and communities.

Eight of Senegal’s epicenters have access to clean water, and a total of 176, or 83%, of the epicenter villages have functioning boreholes. There are on average 16 functioning wells per epicenter. There are approximately six latrines per epicenter and a total of four waste management facilities among all epicenters. Having designated, sanitary waste disposal systems is one of the most efficient and effective ways to reduce disease.

All of the epicenters participate in reforestation activities by planting trees. Planting trees not only helps the environment and the long-term climate resilience of the epicenter areas, but also provides wood nearby, so that women do not need to travel as far to gather wood for cooking.