Chala Village, Sackhere District, Imereti Region, Republic of Georgia
Located in the region of Imereti, the village of Chala is a quaint farming village with a population around 1,000 people. The village is about 178 km from Tbilisi and 10 km from Perevi. Perevi is the bordering village to the Administrative Boundary Line with South Ossetia.
Chala’s Public School is located in the center of the village and has students from surrounding villages attending (Speti, Darka, Jria, and Orguli). The school serves about 280 students, grades 1-12.
Although the school was renovated in 2006, it is in need of maintenance and repair. The school has modern technologies and infrastructure (i.e. computers, a projector, electricity, chalk, blackboards, a library and overall quality of the building’s structure) to provide the education to their students. However, the school is lacking basic sanitation in the school yard.
An open outdoor faucet exists that is used not only by the school children, but also the staff (to wash their hands, to drink, and to clean their black board erasers) and the local shop owners (to wash their hands, drink, and wash their dishes). In addition, local villagers’ animals wander into the school enclosure and drink from the puddle left by the faucet usage, and even directly from the facet.
Water that comes down from the mountains is stored in a tank and is readily available. However, the area around the faucet is unsanitary and hazardous to the wellbeing of the community. The leaky open faucet creates large puddles and a muddy school yard. Water freely flows out of the school yard and pollutes the village center.
This project is to provide for a comprehensive sanitary faucet system at the school.
The system will include a leach field that will help remove standing water from the school yard.
The work will include the following:
- Change the pipes in the existing faucet system in the school yard
- Move the faucet to a better suited area of the yard
- Create an underground run off system to ensure no flooding
- Create a sturdier faucet structure that keeps animals away from the tap
A local handyman, two teachers, and their students will be responsible for repairs, with daily oversight by the involved teachers and the PCV.
Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the materials, including piping, fittings, fixtures, and cement, and to pay for skilled labor as needed.
In the future, the school will create a new square around the water facet in order to create a cleaner and aesthetic environment. This will include better ways to keep out the animals.
600 people will benefit from the project, including students, staff, shopkeepers, and members of the community.
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This is an important project that will improve the health and wellbeing of the people who go to the school each day and members of the surrounding community.
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