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Zoziv is a village located in the center of the Vinnytska Oblast - the heart of Ukraine, with a population of 1,500 people. Most residents work in agriculture, or grow food in their gardens for their main source of nutrition.
Located in the village are a cultural center, a library, a church, and a bar.
There are cleared fields that are used as soccer fields with bars that are conducive to outdoor workouts. However there are no indoor exercise facilities. In a place where there are below-freezing temperatures for nearly half of the year, the limited access to indoor exercise facilities is not conducive to promoting a healthy lifestyle among Zoziv residents.
Zoziv Secondary School has 200 students, ranging from 1st to 11th form. The school has 20 classrooms, a basketball court, a dining hall, and a theater hall.
Located in the basement of the secondary school is a room with gymnastics equipment. However, it has not been in use for years due to the lack of funding for maintaining plumbing facilities. Rather, it remains locked and in a state of disrepair.
There are squat toilets in the school. However, the school remains locked once the school day ends. The entrance to the indoor workout facility and changing rooms are separate, and so it has the potential to remain open.
This project is to install sanitation facilities in the changing rooms of the secondary school.
One toilet, one sinks, and one shower will be installed in the gymnastics hall.
Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the fixtures and materials for a new toilet, sink, shower, faucet, piping, wall tiles, and flooring.
The school PE teacher will be leading the repairs in the gymnasium, and oversee the maintenance of it once completed. The students and staff will maintain the cleanliness of the facilities. Funds needed for future repairs will be raised within the community.
This project will directly benefit 200 students, 30 staff members, as well as members of the surrounding community, including parents who frequent the school.
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The project will have an immediate impact on the physical and mental health of the residents of Zoziv. With improved access to staying active in the winter months, this will help counter seasonal disorders that many experience due to inactivity and decreased sunlight in the winter.
A secondary benefit is to provide youth with a healthy alternative to going to the local cafe, where many students begin to develop addictive drinking and smoking habits from a young age.
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