Executive Judgment 443rd Prison Filter Project – Mongolia

Burentogtoh Village, Nuurstei District, Khuvsgul Province, Mongolia

Community Description
The Executive Judgment 443rd Prison is located in Burentogtoh Village, Nuurstei District, approximately 20 km from Murun in Khuvsgul Province in northern Mongolia. The total population of Khuvsgul province is 130,000 and the population of Murun City is 40,000.

On average, the prison houses 90 prisoners at one time. The maximum capacity at any given time is 130. Prisoners, all male adults, come from the Khuvsgul province area. Additionally, 70 workers (male and female) staff the prison as guards, social workers, medical personnel, and administration.

Due to the remote location of the prison, a shallow well is the sole source of water for the prisoners and prison workers. The water from this well is sometimes yellow and salty in color. It is believed that intake of this water has caused gastrointestinal health problems in multiple residents.

Project Description
This project is to build 3 large slow sand filters at Executive Judgment 443rd Prison. These filters will help clean and filter the water before it is used for drinking and food preparation.

The filters will be made using water barrels purchased from the local market. Plastic piping will be constructed on the top and bottom of the filters in order to slow the process and not disturb the essential layer of bacteria. Layers of sand and gravel will fill a majority of the 200 L barrels and will act as additional filtration.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the barrels and piping for all 3 filters.

The sand and gravel will be collected in the community.

One local community member has volunteered to be the lead engineer/teacher on the project. He will work with the prisoners to construct these filters. All work will be supervised by prison officials and Peace Corps Volunteers in coordination with the Khuvsgul Province Health Department.

Project Impact
97 men residing in the prison and 70 workers employed by the prison system will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Cody Villanueva

Providing clean water for the prisoners and staff will have an immediate health benefit. In addition, the project will teach useful skills to the prisoners, with potential economic benefit.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

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.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Cody Villanueva of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Cody 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.