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100 Water Projects Program - Albania

100 Water Projects Program - Albania

This is an effort under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama & Peace Corps, to expand access to education for girls around the world!NPCA & WC LOGOS

100 Water Projects For Albanian Girls!


Water Charity is proud to announce that we have crafted a program to do 100 water projects in Albania over the next year. Due in large part to the vision of Teresa and Graham Anderson, the PCVs spearheading this effort, we have scaled up what would have been 10 school bathroom projects, into a major program to deal with the poor sanitation conditions in schools all around Albania. This ambitious goal is already underway in a dozen schools, and will likely surpass even our lofty goal of 100 projects.

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This entire program falls under our Let Girls Learn Initiative. This is an effort on our part to step up, and pick up the gauntlet thrown by the First Lady in her call to further girls education around the world. Water Charity did the very first LGL project in Cambodia earlier this year, and aims to do a couple hundred more water projects that expressly aim to empower young women, and allow girls the myriad opportunities that an education can bestow.

NPCA and Water Charity have already helped develop, and provide funding for, a number of great water system projects that exemplify the need for programs like this. It is hard to overestimate the value of clean, functional, dedicated bathroom facilities.  They not only provide hygienic and sanitary conditions, but privacy, safety, and dignity as well.

Lack of proper sanitation facilities at a school contributes greatly to the drop out rate among adolescent women. Upon reaching their menses, many girls simply leave school, and others struggle on while missing a whole week out of every month. Most of them endure a lot of pressure to drop out of school to get married and start families.

Dancing girlsAlbania, as one of only two majority Muslim countries in Europe, has cultural attitudes towards women and their education that influence many Albanian women to give up on the idea of education completely.

Our goal with this program is to work with the schools to create an environment conducive to young women remaining in school.

The majority of these schools lack running water, and many have no functional bathroom facilities whatsoever at the moment.  Even where they do have toilets, they are often in horrible disrepair, or are not useable because there is no running water to flush them... and they are not connected to sewer pipes.

Thus, a large portion of these projects will be to refurbish or build new toilet facilities, complete with running water. We will not stop there, however. Water Charity intends to go on and support a large variety of projects that have LGL impact. As most people know, lack of clean water and adequate sanitation can make people susceptible to frequent waterborne illnesses, and being sick with such sicknesses, keep children out of school... not to mention threatening their very lives.

We hope you will support us in this effort to make a meaningful difference in this beautiful Mediterranean nation. Check out the various projects in the program below, and don't hesitate to donate to any projects that seem worthy to you. We are looking for a large donor to adopt this entire program as well, so contact us if you are interested.
This program is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
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Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik Bathroom Project - Albania

Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik Bathroom Project - Albania

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

100 Water Projects Program - AlbaniaLocation
Rubik, Mirditë District, Lezhë County, Albania

Community Description
Rubik is a municipality located in the mountainous Mireditë District, in the central-north of Albania, along a national roadway which links Tirana/Lezhë County with Rrëshen/Kukes County and the new Albanian-Kosovo Highway. Surrounding Rubik are eleven villages: Fang, Katund i Vjeter, Bulshizë, Rasfik, Fierzë, Munaz, Rreja e Velës, Livadhëza, Vau Shkjezë, Rrethi i Eperm, Bulgër, and Rreja e Zezë. Roughly 3,500 people reside in Rubik, most of whom work as teachers, own small family businesses, farm, or travel to a nearby town to work as local government officials.

Only one road, about two kilometers long, runs through this small town. Both sides of the road are lined with cafés, small businesses, apartment buildings, and fruit/vegetable stands. At the south end of the road is Kishё e Shelbuemit (the Church of the Ascension, in English). Rubik is also made up of one health center, one soccer field, countless gardens, one high school, one kindergarten, and one 9-year school.

The 9-year school is where the project will take place. Without fail, visitors from other towns comment on the cleanliness and beauty of the building. Approximately 280 students attend school, one third of which are from the neighboring villages, with a staff of about 20. Students and staff members, like the rest of the community, are closely integrated and bound in love or friendship. Proud locals boast about the town’s camaraderie, with good reason.

The students experience a positive, open learning environment; however, this project will address the issues associated with safety and health. Although the 9-year school is clean and presentable, it houses a deplorable bathroom due to lack of funding. Students, especially adolescent female students, are deterred from using the bathroom facilities and as a result, feel unsafe, feel embarrassed, and are more likely to skip school or become less hygienic.

100 Water Projects Program - AlbaniaProblem Addressed
Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik is the only 9-year school in Rubik. The building is also required to be open after school hours, during the weekend, and during winter/spring/summer break to be used as Rubik’s community center. Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik is a two-floor building with one bathroom located in the south wing of each floor (2 bathrooms total).

The condition of the 2nd floor bathroom is acceptable; however, the condition of the first floor bathroom is deplorable. The first-floor bathroom includes two small rooms, for students, with four toilet stalls in each room and one small private room, for teachers, with one toilet. The issues associated with the bathroom are as follows.

- Safety and Privacy: None of the stalls have doors or curtains and neither of the student bathrooms have a sign to designate which stalls are to be used by boys and which stalls are to be used by girls. Female students usually do not use this bathroom for fear of a male student or teacher entering the room. Because of this, students and teachers are forced to use the bathrooms in pairs – one person uses the bathroom, while the other person stands as a “look out” to ensure no one enters the stall being used.

- Hygiene: After using the toilet, none of the students or teachers are able to wash their hands. Of the five total sinks, only one is able to provide water. The one working sink leaks large amounts of water onto the tile floor and creates a slipping hazard for all who enter the room. The bathrooms are also missing soap dispensers, towels, and trash cans.

- Sanitation: Two of the nine toilets have a functional flusher cistern. The other toilets are used and sometimes flooded with urine or feces. Not only does this situation create an unpleasant smell throughout the south wing, anyone who uses the bathroom is at risk of becoming ill.

Other Safety Concerns: The glass windows of all three rooms are broken, none of the ceiling lights work in any of the three rooms, and exposed electrical wires hang at the entrance of teacher’s bathroom.

- School Attendance: Because students, specifically girls entering the age of puberty, do not feel comfortable with using the bathrooms at school, these students often go home to use the bathroom. Although some students do return to school, far too many stay home. Consequently, students miss an average of about eight classes per week. By addressing these issues, we will create a clean and safe environment that the community of Rubik will be proud of.

Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik Bathroom Project - AlbaniaProject Description
The goal of this project is to restore the main bathroom of Rubik’s 9-year school, promote healthy living, and join the Let Girls Learn mission.

The project will be completed with the help of the local government hall, students, parents, school staff members, and community members. Rubik is currently governed under the Rreshen Bashkia, who has agreed to supply the work labor needed for this project. The necessary materials will be acquired with the help of Water Charity. Together, we will accomplish the following objectives:

- Bathroom Renovation: Local professionals will repair five sinks, replace the light fixtures, restore the broken glass windows, remodel the toilet stalls’ concrete entrances, install doors for all eight toilet stalls, add toilet paper holders to each stall, replace two Turkish toilets, and repair seven flusher cisterns.

- Let Girls Learn/Health Education: Each class of students will participate in interactive health lessons lead by local health professionals and Peace Corps Volunteers. The lessons will initiate discussions about proper hand washing techniques, anti-flu practices, the importance of privacy, respect for public property, and respect for peers. Extra classes will be provided for girls who want to learn about menstruation.

- Community Development: Students will create posters with positive health messages for the community. Parents will help paint and clean whatever is necessary for the renovation.

Community members offered to donate hand-washing supplies. School staff will help deliver health lessons throughout the year to remind students about the importance of hygiene and respect. Involving the community in this project will build local trust and pride.

Project Impact
281 students and 20 school staff members will directly benefit from the project. Others in the community will benefit during the time the school is used as a community center.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jordan Arvayo

Monitoring and Maintenance
To ensure sustainability of the project components, a continuous education lesson plan is incorporated. After the renovation, before being able to use the facilities, students and school staff will participate in mandatory education session as described above. For those who are not able to attend the sessions, students will create summary posters to display around several areas in the community.

The school staff will collaborate and be responsible for the upkeep of the bathroom area. On school days, cleaning staff will empty the trash cans in the morning and mop the floors at the end of the school day. Teachers ad Teacher Aides will monitor the bathroom during the breaks, between classes. After school hours, on the weekends, and during holiday breaks, when the building is being used as a community center, the Community Center Administrator will inherit responsibility for the maintenance of the bathroom.

Let Girls Learn
Girls are reluctant to continue their schooling when toilets and washing facilities are not safe, not private, or not clean. Usually, uneducated girls fall into a cycle of poverty and inequality. By providing better sanitation services in school, we protect every girl's right to receive an education and build a bright future for themselves.

The renovation of the bathroom, paired with the education component, will provide a multitude of benefits for the female students of Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik.

Girls will obtain a safer, more private, clean facility. The running water, trash cans, toilet paper holders, toilets, and sinks will allow every girl to practice good hygiene before, during, and after menstruation.

In addition to the lessons about hygiene and respect, an opportunity will be given to all female students to participate in discussions about the menstrual cycle. These discussions will describe why menstruation happens, how to maintain good hygiene, what to do if menstruation begins during a school day, fears about menstruation, and why it is important to attend school.

This Let Girls Learn project is inspired by Water Charity's Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide, which encourages girls to remain in school. This project is also part of the 100 Water Projects Program - Albania.

Fundraising Target
$2,000

Donations Collected to Date
$2,000

Dollar Amount Needed

$0 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Robert Victor Sager and Beatrice Mintz Sager Foundation.

Additional donations will be used for other projects in Albania.

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Kol Toma School Water Project - Albania

Kol Toma School Water Project - Albania

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Location
Vele Village, Mirdita, Albania

Kol Toma School Water Project - AlbaniaCommunity Description
The village of Vele is part of Mirdita District and the Prefecture of Lezhe, in Northwest Albania. It has a total population of approximately 720 inhabitants, most of whom are farmers who depend on their own agriculture and livestock.

Vele, located 7 km from the town of Rubik, is a mountainous village that sadly lacks road infrastructure, businesses, and public buses, which makes it very difficult for residents to move outside the area. There are only two main institutions in Vele, the School Kol Toma and a health center.

The people of Vele are very humble, friendly and kind. They are proud of their heritage and Vele’s history. According to recent research by historians, Franciscan priests opened the first Albanian school in the village of Vele in 1832.

Since 1946, after the liberation of Albania, Kol Toma has provided the kindergarten, elementary, and middle school programs to promote literacy.

Problem Addressed
The structure where Kol Toma School operates was renovated in 2005. The bathrooms, part of this renovation, only functioned for a year. This was the result of inadequate strategic planning and failure to follow regulations.

Pjeter Heci, the Municipality’s plumber, stated that the installations of the water and sewer pipes have not been placed correctly according to the hydraulic laws of Albania. The location where the school was built is on an uphill area and the soil is very dry. This prevents and blocks the sewer water from flowing to the septic tank.

This forces the girls to go to their home to use the bathroom. Particularly, when the girls are going through their menstrual period, many of them prefer to use the bathrooms at their home for hygiene. While some will return to school, others will stay at home.

Boys and teachers are also obliged to go to their home to use the bathroom, or if they find themselves in a “rush situation” they opt to go outside in the forest surrounding the school facility. This creates a dirty and contaminated environment around the school, promoting disease.

Project Description
This project is to build 2 bathrooms, and provide the necessary water supply and sewage systems.

The school has two available rooms in a favorable location to be converted for use as bathrooms. The rooms are located on the downhill area side, one-meter from the sewer line that is connected to the septic tank.

Each bathroom will have 1 sink and 2 toilets (2 western toilets for girls/2 Turkish toilets for boys). The four existing flusher cisterns will be transferred to the new location.

The project will take about two weeks. In addition to the fixtures and piping, doors will be renovated (handles, locks, metal pieces to all doors and door stalls).

The Mayor of Rreshen Ndrec Dedaj will support the project by covering the labor on the municipality’s payroll. The plumber and the engineer from the Municipality of Miredita assisted the Peace Corps volunteer to assess the current need at Kol Toma School and to prepare the budget of the materials needed to relocate the bathrooms.

The engineer prepared a site plan for a better understanding of the project relocation. Mr. Pashk Ndoja, a private carpenter who is a well-known individual within the community, evaluated the conditions of the doors and determined which should be repaired and which needed replacement.

The Director of Kol Toma School, Gjin Bunaj, the teachers and the parents will donate a total of 15.900 Leke. This money will be used to buy toiletry supplies such as soap, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 72 students, 9 teachers and parents/visitors

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Pier Vernaza.  Pier previously completed the Mother Teresa School Bathroom Project - Albania.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The supplies and maintenance of the renovated bathrooms will be the responsibility of the Municipality of Miredita and Kol Toma School. Teachers and the Director of the school will jointly collaborate in this effort to inspect and keep up the maintenance of the bathroom facilities.

A week, after completion of the bathroom project, a health nurse and the Peace Corps Volunteer will organize and provide two classes about healthy practices and civic responsibilities through the “Ore Educative” program. A health nurse will teach the “Glittery Germs” lesson to the 1st and 2nd grade students so they can start developing healthy practices from a young age. The students will visit the bathrooms during the class and will be instructed to throw the toilet paper in the trash, wash their hands after using the toilets and how to use the toilets in a careful manner.

Let Girls Learn
This project is part of the Let Girls Learn program started by FLOTUS Michelle Obama in partnership with Peace Corps. The goal of this project is to keep girls attending to school. It is a part of Water Charity’s Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide

Fundraising Target
$1,400

Donations Collected to Date
$1,400

Dollar Amount Needed

$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Wilco Krul, of Einhoven, Netherlands.

This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

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Gjimnaz 16 Shtatori Bathroom Project - Albania

Gjimnaz 16 Shtatori Bathroom Project - Albania

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Gjimnaz 16 Shtatori Bathroom Project - AlbaniaLocation
Shijak, Durres, Albania

Community Description
Shijak is a town outside of Durres, the second largest city in Albania. It has a long history, as Durres used to be the capital of Albania and has remains from the Byzantine era. The community is quite tight-knit and it seems like one giant family.

A lot of the locals of Shijak have immigrated to Italy, and most people want to leave Albania, especially the youth.

Shijak is a relatively progressive town thanks to its proximity to the large cities of Durres and the capital Tirana, but still traditional and highly patriarchal. Often women are not seen out, or confined to meet at one café, lest they be talked about by others in the community, because of it's tight-knit nature.

Gjimnaz 16 Shtatori is one of two high schools in the Shijak municipality with about 500 students per year. A majority of students come from the surrounding villages, while some live locally in Shijak.

Problem Addressed
The high school has 3 floors, with bathrooms for boys and girls, with 3 stalls each, totaling 18 stalls. However due to plumbing issues, the third floor bathroom is locked and unused to prevent flooding in the lower 2 toilets.

Gjimnaz 16 Shtatori Bathroom Project - AlbaniaThe second floor bathrooms are reserved for the staff of 29, leaving only the first floor bathrooms for the all 500 students. This is incredibly problematic as this means 3 toilet stalls for each gender.

In addition, the first floor is unusable because of the bad odor coming from the bathrooms due to the sheer number of students using the handful of toilets. There is flooding about once a month on the first floor, which is unsanitary, and at such times, the bathrooms cannot be used at all.

In addition, the toilets are not attached to the running water meaning students must flush with a bucket of water that is left filled in the bathroom. About half of the sinks are non-functioning due to missing parts, and there are no lights.

Project Description
This project is to renovate 6 bathrooms at the high school.

Water Charity funds will pay for the materials.

The Bashkia will provide the manual Labor, with employees from the municipality. They will fix the sewage pipe that leads out of the school because it is half blocked.

All sinks will be repaired if possible, or, if not, replaced as necessary. Cisterns will be put in each toilet stall.

Gjimnaz 16 Shtatori Bathroom Project - AlbaniaProject Impact
500 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Margret Chu

Monitoring and Maintenance
The bathrooms will be maintained by the two cleaning staff. They will clean the bathrooms during classes, after students have had their bathroom breaks, and they will refill the soap, as well as wash the towels that students use for drying their hands.

Comments
In replacing the drainage pipe, the unhygienic monthly flooding of the bathrooms will cease and the third floor bathrooms can be opened and used, doubling the number of bathrooms available for the students.

Let Girls Learn
Girls and teachers avoid drinking water so that they don’t have to use the school bathrooms during this school day, which can cause dehydration. During the menstrual time of girls, they tend to stay home, because it is uncomfortable and unhygienic in the school bathrooms, causing them to miss a week of school each month.

The girls then fall behind. In Albanian society, it is already tough on girls wishing to pursue higher education, as there is pressure to drop out and remain in their village to work or get married early.

This is an official Let Girls Learn project, falling into Water Charity's Let Girls Learn Initiative, a grouping of projects that have a pronounced element involving helping girls go to, and stay in, school. This project is also part of the 100 Water Projects Program - Albania.

The project promotes girls' empowerment and education, as fixing up the bathrooms to create a more sanitary space for girls to use the bathroom will stop them from leaving the school to use the bathroom or missing school for a week each month so that they can continue with their education.

This project was determined to be infeasible, and there was no expenditure of funds.

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Zall Shoshaj School Bathroom Project - Albania

Zall Shoshaj School Bathroom Project - Albania

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.
This is a project under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for girls around the world!
 

Zall Shoshaj School Bathroom Project - AlbaniaLocation
Zall Shoshaj, Mat, Albania E SHKOLLES ZALL-SHOSHAJ, (Anex) Komsi

Community Description
Bashkia Mat, previously Bashkia Burrel, has recently assumed the responsibility for the school buildings in the villages that are within the Mat region. These school buildings are in addition to the schools within the city of Burrel, which they had always been responsible for. This is part of Albania’s Decentralization process that is currently being implemented. Bashkia Mat received notification of four school buildings that should not be opened on the September 14, 2015 opening day due to bathrooms that are non-functioning.

Zall-Shoshaj school is a K-2nd grade school in an annex of the community of Komsi. Komsi is a village and a former municipality in the Dibër County, northern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Mat. The population at the 2011 census was 4,283. The seat of the municipality now is the town Burrel. Baskia Mat now represents the region of approximately 30,000 people.

Zall Shoshaj School Bathroom Project - AlbaniaProblem Addressed
The “Queen Geraldine Foundation” recently provided the school with the reconstruction of the Kindergarten classroom and the other two-class rooms have been freshened up with cleaning and paint. However, the bathrooms have not been attended to and continue to be open-air, and without functioning toilets or water.

The children have no facilities for simple hygiene, and the teachers lack facilities to clean the younger children.

Project Description
This project is to rebuild the two-toilet bathroom at the school.

The project will completely reconstruct the bathrooms and bring a water source to them.

The work will be done by school staff, parents, and local craftsmen.

The Municipality of Mat will contribute 33% of the construction costs in the form of labor and some materials. Water Charity funds will pay for the remaining expenses.

Zall Shoshaj School Bathroom Project - AlbaniaProject Impact
48 students will benefit from the project, consisting of 22 Kindergarten students and 26 students in grades 1 and 2.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
This project will be implemented by Barbara Richardson, who previously completed the 31 Korrik 9 Vjecare School Bathroom and Water Project - Albania 

Monitoring and Maintenance
Upon completion, the school will provide all monitoring and maintenance of the bathroom

Let Girls Learn
The lack of bathroom facilities is a significant problem for the children, most of whom are girls, who have no means of attending to personal hygiene. This sometimes results in children not going to school when such needs are required.

This project is part of the Let Girls Lean Program, a powerful collaboration between First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps which was formed to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world. https://letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov/.  Lack of clean facilities is a leading cause of women dropping out of school. Water Charity is proud to have sponsored the very first LGL project, and continues to be a leading contributor to the program, as evidenced by projects like this one.

As an LGL project, this falls under our 100 Water Projects Program - Albania as well as our larger Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide.
 

Fundraising Target
$1,400

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$1,400

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Dollar Amount Needed
$0 - This project has been fully funded by friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara Richardson.  Additional amounts will be allocated to other projects in Albania.

This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

 

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Lezhe Cultural Palace Bathroom Project - Albania

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Lezhe Cultural Palace, Lezhe, AlbaniaSchool students

Community Description
The municipality of Lezhe is fairly large, and is made up of around 60,000 people. There are many villages surrounding Lezhe, and each one seems to have its own special flavor. The city of Lezhe is considered the center. You know you're in Lezhe when you look up and see its beautiful castle up on the mountain. The sunset over Lezhe is extraordinary year-round, but during the Summer, you can stay out late and watch the sun go down over the seaside. Although Lezhe is a tourist hot spot in the Summer because of its beaches, the rest of the year is similar to many other Northern Albanian towns. There is an outside market where you can buy vegetables, fruits, clothes, and household items for very cheap prices. There are many different cafés available for Albania's favorite pastime, drinking coffee. Most everyone in Lezhe either knows one another, or is in some way related to each other.      

Lezhe has an old-Albania feel to it, but it also seems to be on the rise and progressive. As a female, you can go out for a coffee without public shame, and on the same day you can also see a villager riding his horse and carriage filled with firewood. Many people in Lezhe have a good basic understanding of English. The surrounding villages are green, beautiful and full of generous, hard-working people. Lezhe inhabitants are proud of their traditions and values, yet still aim to advance with the times. This attitude shapes Lezhe's character.

Problem Addressed
The bathroom in the Cultural Palace is so damaged that it has been boarded up for safety reasons. A few volunteers (including project manager Miranda) actually crawled through the spider webs, and sewer-like atmosphere to check out the remains of the Cultural Palace's bathroom. The first thought was to re-do the piping in the old bathrooms, but it was quickly realized that the pipes would run straight to the river, and while not only harming the Thatreenvironment by distributing waste into the river, every time it would rain in the future, the bathroom would run the risk of flooding back into the facility.

After carefully looking at the situation with an engineer from the Directorate of Education, where Miranda volunteers, she saw an opportunity to rebuild the bathrooms in a room currently being used as a storage space. This space offers enough room for one bathroom for females and another for males. It also provides a space for windows and ventilation, which the other bathroom did not have. Most importantly, this space allows for tubes and pipes to run properly to an appropriate place for waste removal, not the river!

The cultural Palace has taken on a new responsibility this year, agreeing to not only host all cultural events of the county, but also monthly movie nights. Besides pool halls, casinos, and cafés, Lezhe does not offer any community entertainment. Movie nights are a great chance for families to come together to do something fun, but without a bathroom, a movie theater is difficult to enjoy. The last thing anybody needs on a fun family night out, is to worry about needing to go to the bathroom when there are no appropriate facilities around. A basic bathroom facility needs ventilation, running water, a toilet, and a place to wash hands, light, a door, soap, and toilet paper. The previous bathroom did not have any of these necessities.      

Project Description
The current plan for fixing the bathrooms involves permanently boarding up the old bathrooms, cleaning out the storage area, installing windows, and creating 2 urinalsseparate restrooms (one for girls, another for boys), which includes a new floor, 2 sinks, 2 toilets, 2 secure walls, 2 doors, new tubes and pipes, and a water heater.

The engineer from the Directorate of Education has designed a plan and has already shared it with the Director of the Cultural Palace as well as the engineer from the Municipality. All three institutions will collaborate together with Miranda (the Peace Corps Volunteer) to see this project through. The Municipality will provide workers as well as 62% of the material and labor costs. The Directorate of Education will continue to provide support, the plan from the engineer, and supplies for future activities. The Cultural Palace itself will provide labor and will ensure the facility’s maintenance.

Project Impact
This project will positively impact around 7,200 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Miranda Der

Monitoring and Maintenance
Monitoring and maintenance will be in the hands of the Municipality and the Cultural Palace. The Municipality pays custodians to clean the facilities daily and to do routine check-ups, and the Cultural Palace will keep an eye on the bathroom to report any damage. As a back-up, the engineer from the Directorate of Education has offered to assist the project in any way, including helping with the original design and construction of the bathroom, as well as providing routine maintenance.

Comments
The community organization involved in this project include the Directorate of Education, the Municipality, and the Cultural Palace of Lezhe, which will assist in the financing and rebuilding.

Let Girls Learn 
Learning for girls extends to many places outside of schools. As development increases in Albania, so does the inclusion of girls in outside-school activities. It is important for girls and women to have a proper place to go to the bathroom so that they can have a place to appropriately tend to their menstrual cycles, wash their hands, and avoid health issues such as urinary Tract infections from holding in their urine. It is much safer for women to have a bathroom facility since if they go outside they run the risk of public shame, as well as sexual harassment and assault. For these reasons, all places of education and learning should have a bathroom facility available for girls. Schools in Albania offer the basic forms of education, but do not act as institutions where students may find and improve more specialized and specific skills (i.e. acting, musical, public speaking, debate, creative writing). Girls have started sinkto participate in activities outside of school such as Girls Leading Our World conferences, Albanian Model United Nations, and Write On, and the desire for them to keep participating in such activities is constantly increasing.

The theater in the Cultural Palace of Lezhe wants to play a big role in school-related activities. It will act as a place for students and community members to come watch and partake in musical and theatrical performances, films, and assemblies. Girls already have a difficult time participating in activities outside of school since many old mentalities of families believe that women belong in the house when not at school or work. This pressure, particularly from fathers, makes many girls hesitant to join in extra-curricular activities. If the venue where these activities take place lacks a proper bathroom, it just gives girls another reason to not want to be involved in such activities.

The new director of the Cultural Palace, Albana, is a famous Albanian Opera singer. She thrives on the idea of giving children a place to be creative and artistic. She also sets a great example for girls to see that if they really love something and follow their passions, they can become anything they dream of. When Miranda first heard Albana's voice she was moved. When Albana told Miranda about how passionate she was about improving the Cultural Palace, Miranda was even more motivated to help her out in some way. Lezhe is a town with a theater, and you can believe there are many people that want to watch an event in those chairs and even get up on that stage. Creativity and passion live in the director of the Cultural Palace and in the young minds of the children in Lezhe, and by providing basic facilities such as a working bathroom, we will get a beautiful artistic movement started here.

As such, this project falls under the Let Girls Learn Initiative, a program we have to support the goals of FLOTUS Michelle Obama's worldwide effort to help women and girls around the world receive and maintain an education.

Dollar Amount of Project
$2,500
 

Donations Collected to Date
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Shkolla Abdyl Bajraktari Middle School Bathroom Project - Albania

Students at Shkolla Abdyl Bajraktari Middle School

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos
This is a project under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for girls around the world!

Location
Koplik, Malësi e Madhe, Shkodër District, Albania

Community Descriptionstudents
Nestled between the eastern shore of Lake Shkodër, the largest lake in the entirety of the Balkan Peninsula, and the western edge of the majestic Albanian Alps, Koplik is one of Albania’s Northern most regional capitals. As the seat of the municipal government of Malësi e Madhe, which translates to “The Greater Highlands,” Koplik is also the largest town in this extremely isolated and poverty-stricken region. Koplik’s population of roughly three thousand is mostly comprised of subsistence farmers, owners of small general stores, or laborers who commute to the larger metropolitan areas of Shkodër to the south. Koplik also serves as a central commercial hub for the inhabitants of the surrounding villages and for the populations of Malësi e Madhe’s exceptionally remote valleys, the Shkrel Valley and the Kelmendi Valley.

Despite the general level of poverty, which prevails in Malësi e Madhe, the people of Koplik are friendly and extraordinarily welcoming of strangers and foreigners. One need only spend a short amount of time there to encounter the legendary hospitality of the Malësorë (inhabitants of Malësi e Madhe). The people of Koplik are also all too eager to boast of their region’s unique designation as the only part of Albania, which was never fully conquered by and incorporated into the Ottoman Empire.

Two schools, a “Shkolla 9-Vjeçar,” or elementary/ middle school, and a “Gimnaz,” or high school serve Koplik. It has a small regional health center, and the only police station within the entirety of Malësi e Madhe. Koplik also has three small grocery stores, a handful of building and farming supply shops, and around a dozen or so cafes where old men can be found playing chess or dominos at all hours of the day. Given its dilapidated appearance, and its deplorable state of disrepair, one might find it difficult to believe that Shkolla “Abdyl Bajraktari”, the only middle school in Koplik, is also the largest and best staffed middle school in the entirety of Malësi e Madhe.

In addition to serving the families and children of Koplik, roughly half of the school’s student population is bussed in from the numerous isolated farming villages located at the mouth of the Shkrel Valley and along the coast of Lake Shkodër.   Shkolla “Abdyl Bajraktari” currently serves roughly 591 students and staff. Classes are divided by grade and by village. For example, all 9th graders who are residents of Koplik are given the designation “Klasa 9A,” while the 9th graders from Zagora, an impoverished village to the north east of Koplik, are placed in “Klasa 9C.” A lack of funding and resources for repairs means that the majority of the students in Albaniaclassrooms at the school lack heating appliances, have damaged or missing windows, and are in need of repainting. Unfortunately, the classrooms in the best condition are generally allocated the more affluent students of Koplik, leaving the worst classrooms for the poorest students. To compound this issue, students who live in Koplik are generally allowed to return to their homes during class in order to use the restroom, whereas the poorer students from the surrounding villages are not afforded this luxury; they are forced to utilize the deplorable restrooms at Shkolla “Abdyl Bajraktari.”

Problem Addressed
Shkolla “Abdyl Bajraktari” has three bathrooms: a boy’s bathroom on the first floor and two girl’s bathrooms on the second floor. All three are in deplorable condition. To start with, none of the restrooms have any running water. There is no way for students to flush the toilet or to wash their hands afterwards. Therefore, since all of the toilets at the school are of the “Turkish” type, this means that, without water, they are essentially just holes in the ground. Furthermore, there are no facilities in place for toilet paper or hand towels, though this issue seems rather trivial given the host of other issues associated with the restrooms. The toilet stalls in the boy’s restroom are all missing doors, and a number of stalls have been entirely filled with building refuse and trash, rendering them inoperable.

Even more distressing is the fact that the outflow plumbing from the girl’s restrooms above snakes along the ceiling of the boy’s restroom. Due to a combination of misuse, the lack of water, and improper installation, this outflow piping has ruptured. The result is that excrement from the girl’s restroom simply falls from the ceiling and covers the floor of the boy’s restroom. This is an extreme health hazard, and the idea that children are expected to enter such a revolting environment is almost unbelievable. To make matters worse, all of the windows in the boy’s restroom have been destroyed. The result is that the stench from the falling excrement and the unflushed toilets wafts up to the girl’s bathrooms and to the classrooms on the third floor of the school, all of which are similarly lacking operable windows. These classrooms are generally allocated to six grade classes composed entirely of students from poor families, which live outside of Koplik.

The lack of running water, the lack of stall doors, and the lack of any options besides cracked or broken Turkish toilets are, and of themselves, enough to warrant outrage from parents and the community as a whole. However, add to this turkish toiletthe fact that human waste is literally filling a room on the first floor of the school and the primary concern shifts from the matters of dignity, hygiene, and the fostering of welcoming learning environment, to the matter of preventing serious illness and even death as a result of children being forced to enter an open septic tank in order to earn an education.  If this situation were to unfold in the United States, it would be a scandal worthy of the national press and the school in question would be demolished. However, as it stands, due to corruption and a lack of support from the national government, the municipality of Malësi e Madhe simply cannot allocate funding to refurbishing its schools.

Project Description
In summary, the plan which has been devised for the refurbishment of the restrooms at Shkolla “Abdyl Bajraktari” calls for the redesign and replacement of the outflow plumbing system, the replacement of all damaged Turkish toilets and flush water basins, the installation of five western style toilets, and the repainting and refurbishment of all stalls and doors.      

Two large water cisterns, which are currently unused and in storage, are to be installed on the roof of the school and from which piping will be connected in order to supply all of the restrooms with running water. All of the sinks and faucets will be repaired or replaced where necessary. Finally, all of the windows in the bathrooms will be replaced, and measures will be taken to shield both the windows and outflow plumbing from vandalism and destruction. The municipal government has approved the plan, and the mayor of Koplik has agreed to supply the necessary labor. 

Furthermore, a local contractor, a man well respected throughout the town, has also agreed to take on the project at an extremely discounted rate, asking little more than the cost of the required building materials. Given the municipal governments involvement, and the labor provided free of charge by the local contractor, the total contribution of the community, according to the proposed budget, amounts to about 30% of the project cost. Finally, after the completion of the project, the mayor has proposed implementing a system whereby parents, students, teachers, and cleaning staff attend seminars on proper hygiene and restroom care. The contractor and the school directors have also mentioned stipulating that the parents of children caught defacing or damaging the refurbished restrooms are fined.
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Project Impact
This project will directly impact 591 people; 560 students and 31 staff members.  It will also impact visitors and future students.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
William Hunter

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the new, improved facilities.

At first glance one might assume that the success of this project would be evident upon the completion of the reconstruction and refurbishing of the restrooms. However, the goals of this project are broader than simply replacing broken equipment and repainting walls. The overarching theme of this project is to increase the students' of Koplik's capacity to learn and attend school through providing them with the option to remain in the school when they have to use the restroom removing fear and uncertainty from their school day, and combating the spread of transmutable diseases through better hygiene practices. Over the course of the next school year teachers and faculty will be keeping attendance in order to determine if the goals of this project are being met. Furthermore, at some point in the future, students will fill out a survey on the success of the project as a whole.

Comments
Bashkia e Koplikut is the community organization involved in the project.bathroom filled with refuge

A note from the Peace Corps Lead, William Hunter:
“I have been serving as a Peace Corps volunteer for well over eight months now, and during the course of my service I have traveled through many cities and towns in Albania. I have met students from the far south and central regions, given lessons in schools in the mountains on the Macedonian border, and witnessed classes in my sister region of Tropoja. And while I have found bright and enthusiastic pupils everywhere I have traveled, I have come across no community so devoted to the education of its youth and so full of potential as my own Peace Corps site in Malësi e Madhe. The students here have a true thirst for knowledge, and despite the horrible condition of their learning facilities, they continue to consistently rank at the top of national student rankings. The people from Koplik and Malësi e Madhe can be found throughout every corner of Albania, working in high skill positions in law offices, hospitals, and universities. If any one part of Albania has a tradition of academic excellence, it is certainly Malësi e Madhe.”

As an LGL project, this falls under our 100 Water Projects Program - Albania as well as our larger Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide.

This project is part of the LET GIRLS LEARN program sponsored by FLOTUS Michelle Obama.  It is intended to have a positive effect in keeping girls in school after they reach adolescence.  Lack of clean facilities is a leading cause of women dropping out of school. Water Charity is proud to have sponsored the very first LGL project, and continues to be the leading contributor to the program, as evidenced by projects like this one.

Dollar Amount of Project
$2,287.90

Donations Collected to Date
$0

Dollar Amount Needed
$2,287.90


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Naim Frashëri 9-vjeçare Bathroom Project - Albania

Female students washing their hands

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos
This is a project under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for girls around the world!

Location
Naim Frashëri Elementary School, Elbasan, Albania

Community Description
Centrally located, Elbasan is Albania’s third largest city with roughly a quarter of the population living in the capital city, Tirana.  Elbasan is home to 17 kopsht or Students at Naim Frashri Schoolkindergartens, 16 9-vjeçare or elementary/middle schools, and 12 gjmnaz or high schools.  Elbasan is a diverse community, home to Albanians, Greeks, Turks, Americans, and Italians.  Elbasan is essentially equally divided by gender, and ethnically the population is predominately Albanian (85%), with a little less than 1% identifying as Roma, Vlach, and Egyptian.

The Naim Frashëri, the oldest 9-vjeçare (elementary school) and first school in Elbasan, established in 1908 is the site for this project.  It is home to a diverse 808 students from all walks of Albanian life. The school is comprised of boys and girls, with roughly half the students coming from poor and disadvantaged families.  Three students are from Roma and 15 from Egyptian families, historically populations that are economically disadvantaged and underserved.   In addition, fifty percent of the students live far from the school in villages that make leaving school to use the bathroom an impossibility.

Problem Addressed
Statistically, as is common in Albania and around the world, there are more males enrolled in this school than females, but only by a small margin.  This is exacerbated by the poor sanitary conditions at the school.  Both bathrooms are in disrepair, with few having a fully functional door (i.e., either the top or bottom half is missing), and none have a lock.  Not having doors, much less locking doors, is a real deterrent to both boys and girls alike to use the facilities, but more so for the girls who use this as a reason to leave.  None of the Turkish-style toilets work, the main sewage drain is constantly backing up, half the faucets do not work, the lighting is very poor, if functioning, and there is no glass in the girls' bathroom window, so that during the winter the bathroom is the same temperature as the outside, in addition to rain coming in.  Half the sinks drain onto the floor, leaving the bathroom floors constantly wet and moldy.  Due to the sewage line problem, the first floor often smells of sewage.
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The Peace Corp volunteer has met with all classes in the school, morning and afternoon sessions, first through ninth grades, to introduce the students to the idea of the project.  She is working on building community, school, parent and student support.  A flyer  was created for the students to take home.  Signs were posted in the school and information is being posted on the school’s Facebook page to educate the school about this project. 

Project Description

This project is to rebuild two bathrooms at the school.

The plan is to replace all twelve bathroom stall doors with steel doors (a solidly constructed material which will withstand much use), install locking mechanisms on the inside of each new door, and replace all twelve of the current cistern toilet mechanisms with a simpler design (basically a large pipe with a flushing mechanism that allows water to go directly to the Turkish toilet to flush waste versus having a cistern which collects water and then releases water to flush).  This version will last longer and require less water to use.  The one missing sink and all six faucets, most of which are broken or difficult to turn on and off will be replaced.  A light fixture will be installed in both bathrooms (the new fixtures will be energy efficient and the light output will be significantly brighter than the bulb that is currently functioning as the sole light source in each bathroom).  Glass will be installed in the girls' bathroom window leading to the outside, and the second water deposit that is currently not connected will be connected, thereby providing double the water to the bathrooms. 

The plan was created together with the President of the Parent Organization for the school.There is a community volunteer who is consulting on the project, an expert in the field of plumbing, electrical and metal work. He is giving his time to help determine what must be done and how to do the work.  He is also helping with the implementation. 

90% of the labor has been secured as in-kind donations for all of the needs for this project.  The only labor that must be paid for is the labor needed to make and install the steel doors.  There are several labor sources.  The consultant will complete most of the plumbing labor plus install the new light fixtures; another volunteer will install the glass in the girl’s bathroom.  The ninth grade class volunteered to paint both boys and girls bathrooms.turkish toilet
 
In addition, the Bashkia (Mayoral office) is partnering to clear out the sewage line.  They will “roto-rooter” both main lines going through the boys and girls bathrooms, all the way to the main line.  This is an expensive endeavor, one that they are fully contributing to the project.  There are no materials needed for this, only the labor (all donated). At the end of the renovation, there will be a school-wide activity to introduce the school population to the improved bathrooms, in addition to offering hand washing and healthy lifestyle lessons and activities.
 
Family involvement and financial support was requested to help with the project.  The families were asked to donate time, small amounts of money, in addition to supplies for the bathrooms (hand soap, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, trash cans, and brooms).  The little children in classes first through third have been the most encouraging and excited for the project.   When asked what the children thought of the current state of the bathrooms, overwhelmingly they responded that the bathrooms were “bad, dirty, broken, and not safe.”  On the day that we stated that we would return for their donations, each class collected the items the students brought from home.  Each class made a donation, from hand soaps, to bottles of cleaning supplies to money.  The children were really proud to be an active part of the project.  Impressively, the school brought in about $100 in bathroom supplies and $80 in monetary support.  This is a lot coming from families who have very little.  Many cleaning supplies have been collected, in addition to hand soap for the bathrooms.  The school has promised that they will keep these supplies safe and keep the bathrooms clean and stocked.

It will take two weeks for the doors to be made and installed.  The doors are being made and installed by a local steel construction company.  During this time, the other necessary equipment and additional supplies will be purchased, all fom local small businesses in Elbasan.  When the doors are ready to be installed, the glass; toilet flushing mechanisms, sinks, faucets and lighting will be installed, and the students will paint.  The project will be finished with the installation of the doors.  

Water Charity funding will specifically pay for materials: steel doors, toilet flushing mechanisms, locks for the doors, light fixtures, and paint, as well as the labor to install the doors.  The funds collected from the community will purchase the one sink needed, glass for the girls' bathroom, faucets and drainpipes for the sinks.  Labor has been secured for clean up, and the Bashkia will clean out the sewage line.
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Project Impact
There are 850 students, teachers and school personnel who will be directly impacted.  This project will also impact visitors and future students.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Laurel Duncan

Monitoring and Maintenance
Laurel Duncan and the Parent Organization President will be overseeing the implementation of the project from beginning to end.  They have met with all the students prior to submitting this proposal to find out what they thought and what they needed.  Once the project is complete, the PCV will survey the students again to find out what they think about the completed project.  The school has promised to oversee the renovated bathrooms and keep them clean and maintained.  The Parent Organization is also committed to helping oversee the upkeep of the bathrooms.

Comments
This project particularly benefits the girls in the school.  Because half the students come from villages outside Elbasan, girls are likely not to come to school on days that they have their period or other issues that might require many trips to the bathroom.  The current state of the bathroom keeps girls from using the bathroom at school.  There is no privacy, due to the broken doors, in addition to any way to feel safe in the bathroom, due to the lack of locking doors.  In addition, this project will offer activities after the project is complete to talk about bathroom hygiene and healthy bathroom habits to keeping the students healthy.

This project is part of the LET GIRLS LEARN program sponsored by FLOTUS Michelle Obama.  It is intended to have a positive effect in keeping girls in school after they reach adolescence.  Lack of clean facilities is a leading cause of women dropping out of school. Water Charity is proud to have sponsored the very first LGL project, and continues to be the leading contributor to the program, as evidenced by projects like this one.classroom

As an LGL project, this falls under our 100 Water Projects Program - Albania as well as our larger Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide.

With the installation of doors, locks, and properly flushing toilets, the students, specifically the girls, will have a sense of security needed to know that they can go to school any day and have the facilities needed to complete their school day without worrying about needing to return home.

The PCV reports that Elbasan has been a wonderful site for her third year of service in Albania.  "I have found much support and receptiveness to working and helping my new community.  There are many projects to be done, but this is one in which I felt the most pull to fulfill for a secondary project.  This project was brought to me and I was asked to help an Albanian colleague verses trying to find someone to create this project.  The school has been extremely receptive and encouraging, and I could not have asked for a better group of people with whom to collaborate.  Between my colleague and myself, we have managed to bring together many people to help with this project who would not have worked together, yet we have been able to garner much enthusiasm for the school. Elbasan established the first school for teachers for all of Albania in 1903.  The city has a rich history of scholastic excellence.  Yet, the schools are allowed to fall into disrepair: buildings, schoolyards, classrooms, and bathrooms alike are calling for intervention.  But bathroom facilities are one issue that stands out as an important issue in regards to keeping students in school and concentrated on their schoolwork yet gets little attention and much less funding to fix than other areas."

Dollar Amount of Project
$2,044.44

Donations Collected to Date
$0

Dollar Amount Needed
$2,044.44 

 

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This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

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Piskove School Bathroom Projects - Albania

Students at Piskove 9-year School

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC logos

Location

Piskove, Permet, Albania
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Community Description
Piskove is a Municipal Unit comprised of 17 villages with a population of roughly 3,540. It is located in Southeastern Albania in the Vjosa Valley, and falls within the District of Permet. The city of Piskove consists of a congregation of small buildings and homes hugging the main road that runs through the valley. It is a poor community.  As of 2011, 110 families regularly receive economic aid and most families rely on subsistence farming to survive. Even though there is a distinct lack of money, the people of Piskove have a strong sense of community, and, like all Albanians, are very proud of their families and country.      

The community jumped at the opportunity to help their schools, starting with the Municipal Administrator and the Director of the school. They understand the importance of education and quickly mobilized the teachers, parents and children to discuss how they could help make this project a reality.

Problem Addressed
Like so many of the cities and villages of Albania, the buildings that contain the schools in Piskove do not provide running water and many parts of the bathroom facilities do not function, leaving children unable to use the bathrooms at school in a hygienic manner. Piskove has two educational buildings; one holds the 9-year school and the high school (together called 1 Maji), while the other is a pre-school. 1 Maji contains 8 toilets and 8 sinks for the children, 4 for girls and 4 for boys, along with one toilet and sink for the teachers. Additionally, the pre-school has one bathroom. Because of a continual lack of funding the bathrooms in both of these buildings have fallen into disrepair. The main concern is providing running water, followed by ensuring that the facilities function with the running water.

As follows is a list of the problems identified in the bathrooms:

broken bathroom doorSchool 1 Maji      
-8 broken cisterns      
-8 broken flushing tubes for toilets      
-8 broken faucets      
-8 broken locks for stall doors      
-Broken glass paneling for one stall door      
-No light fixture in the teachers' bathroom      
-Broken toilet tube for the teachers' bathroom      
-No running water, deposit not installed      
-Damaged walls, in need of repainting

Pre-school      
-Broken tube for toilet      
-Broken sink      
-No spigot for cleaning purposes      
-No running water, deposit not installed      
-No door for bathroom

Project Description
Both the school and the pre-school are missing key materials to make their bathrooms functioning. By teaming with the Municipality of Permet to provide all necessary labor, the materials purchased through the grant will be installed in both school buildings.

The work in the 1 Maji building will ensure that the existing deposit is installed on the roof to provide running water. The new cisterns and tubing are installed to ensure working toilets. The faucets are replaced to ensure the ability for students to wash their hands. There will be a new coat of water- resistant paint added to the bathrooms, to help prevent mold and bacteria from growing.

Additionally, the one broken stall door and the replacement of all door locks will ensure safety for the students. Lastly, the municipal electrician will ensure that the teacher's bathroom has a functioning light source.

For the pre-school, the municipal plumber and construction workers will use the provided materials to replace the full-sized broken sink with two smaller sinks to ensure the children can safely wash their hands.

Also, the labor will ensure that the toilet tube is replaced so that the toilet is fully functioning, and a spigot is installed for the cleaning of the bathroom and in case of accidents with the children (ease of access for cleaning the children).

Lastly, a small pre-existing deposit at the 1 Maji building will be moved over to the pre-school and installed to ensure there is running water for the bathroom. The community is very supportive of this project, parents, teachers have donated roughly $114 in local currency in order to provide a long-lasting supply of bathroom materials, including, but not limited to, toilet paper, soap, cleaning supplies, small trash bins for the individual stalls.

Once the project is complete the local health center, with the aid of the Red Cross nurse from Permet, will perform a series of health lessons related to good hygiene, germs, and the importance of keeping bathrooms nice.

Project Impact
This project will directly benefit 197 students and staff, and indirectly impact visitors and future students.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jaclyn Boroff

Monitoring and Maintenance
There will be a cleaning and maintenance checklist developed by the cleaning lady of the schools and the municipality of Permet. There will be monthly checks to make sure all parts of the facility are functioning and that report will be filed with the municipality. Additionally, there will be a municipal staff member required to do a site visit every three months to ensure the facilities are functioning and/or to address any issues that were filed in the monthly report. Municipal staff will promptly deal with these issues.

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Bashkia Permet, the municipality, is providing the labor, and organizing the procurement of materials.

Let Girls Learn
This project is part of our Let Girls Learn Initiative, and its sub-program 100 Water Projects Program - Albania.

Like many schools in Albania, the Piskove schools lack running water during school hours and the safety of functioning secure bathrooms. This is particularly important for the girls that attend, who make up 42% of the student population. With unlockable doors, girls could be targets for harassment.  Without a secure place to feel comfortable changing their menstrual material, girls often stay home during their menstrual cycle. 

Most students of both genders do not use the bathrooms in the schools, which can lead to serious health issues related to ‘holding it’ or not drinking any liquids so they do not need to use the bathroom. By providing renovations to these bathrooms, girls will feel comfortable and safe using the school facilities. Additionally, during the health education program there will be a separate session specifically for girls related to concerns related to female sanitation.

Dollar Amount of Project
$1,248.06

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$1,248.06

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Vehcan School Water Project - Albania

Students at Vehcan School

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos

This is a project under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world!

Location
Vehcan, Librazhd District, Elbasan County, Albania

Community Description
Vehcan is a rural farming village of 762 people located in the Librazhd municipality of Elbasan, Students at VehcanAlbania. The village is located in the mountains on unpaved roads, making it difficult to access by car.  The closest small city is Librazhd, located 17.5 km away, which equates to a 4-hour walk. The village of Vehcan consists of a school, private homes, and small private farms. 

The nine-year school in Vehcan serves as the hub of community life because it is the only public building in the village. There are no stores or places of interest, a result of its isolated location and poor roads.

Problem Addressed
The nine-year school in Vehcan currently has two bathrooms.  One bathroom is on the first floor; one is on the second floor. Each bathroom has one toilet, one sink, one door, and two small windows.  The floors are concrete and the bathroom infrastructure does not function properly.  Neither sink has running water, both of the Turkish toilets do not flush, the tubes and pipes for the water are rusted and outdated, and the floors are essentially dirt. 

There is running water available via local canals, but the pipes and tubes do not permit water to flow.  The current situation is unsanitary and is having negative health effects on the children in Vehcan.  Many children resort to using turkish toiletthe bathroom outside or simply do not go at all.      

Project Description
The intent of this project is to restore both bathrooms to a working capacity.  We are working with the school staff, local plumbers, and World Vision (NGO) in Librazhd to complete this project. To begin, we will need many new materials: 2 doors, 4 windows, 25 tiles for the floor, 2 new Turkish toilets, 2 new sinks, a new water deposit, and 270 new pipes/tubes. 

There is a canal that runs directly to the school with potential to supply the school with water.  To make use of the water supply we will need to install new plumbing equipment, including the pipes, water deposit, and sinks.   It will take approximately one month to completely restore both bathrooms.

Project Impact
This project will serve 94 students and staff, plus members of the community, visitors and future students. That the school is used as a community building, means that this project will actually help the entire village of 762 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kyle Moye

Monitoring and Maintenance
Monitoring and maintenance will be performed by school staff and World Vision Librazhd

Comments
This project is being completed in collaboration with World Vision, Shkolla 9 vjecare Vehcan - Community supportteaching the students

This project is part of the Let Girls Learn Program, a powerful collaboration between First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps which was formed to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world. 

Lack of clean facilities is a leading cause of women dropping out of school. Water Charity is proud to have sponsored the very first LGL project, and continues to be a leading contributor to the program, as evidenced by projects like this one. 

As an LGL project, this falls under our 100 Water Projects Program - Albania as well as our larger Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide.

Dollar Amount of Project
$2,500

Donations Collected to Date
$1,400

Dollar Amount Needed

$1,100

 

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This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.

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