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Conclusion of Jon Village School #41 Hygiene Project - Kyrgyzstan

Conclusion of Jon Village School #41 Hygiene Project - Kyrgyzstan

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Marguerite Leeds. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to improve water access and sanitation at the school.

Conclusion of Jon Village School #41 Hygiene Project - KyrgyzstanA summary of Marguerite’s report is as follows:

Scope of work:
This project was a 50-50 cost share between community sources and Water Charity funds. The community partners were excited to be so deeply invested. Together, Water Charity, the village Government, and community members built an exterior hot-water hand washing station in front of the Jon village school, a 2-shower shower-room, and a hot-water dish-washing station in the school kitchen. Additionally, we gave a training-of-trainers to spread hygiene information within the school and allow effective use of the new infrastructure.

Specific work done:
A septic pit was constructed, a pump was added to the existing on-site water cistern, a small building was constructed to house the showers, an exterior hand-washing station was installed, 2 hot-water heaters were installed, 2 interior sinks were installed for hand and dish washing, and all items were linked together with new, functional pipes.

Conclusion of Jon Village School #41 Hygiene Project - KyrgyzstanAfter completion of the above infrastructure, all teachers from the school were given a tour and training. This training included correct hand washing technique, critical timing for hand washing, discussion of the value of handwashing, distribution of a local-language curriculum (electronic and beautiful published materials) for hand washing promotion, and a schedule for their own in-classroom sessions, monitoring, and evaluation of students to confirm delivery of lessons.

Work progression through each stage: The plan for this project was a very quick construction timeline during the summer break followed by a year-long hygiene promotion program. Unfortunately, construction lasted through the fall semester into the spring. For this reason, the desired program was not provided, but instead substituted with training-of-trainers in March 2017, and schedule for internal monitoring and evaluation. In this way, a lasting and sustainable solution for low-hygiene has been implemented in Jon village.

End Results:
The end result is modern conveniences in accordance with basic sanitation standards. All are in working order and fit local needs and expectations. Everyone in Jon village, especially at the school, is very excited. Simple excitement is already helping to promote hygiene. Better yet, accurate information has been distributed and will be disseminated in a sustainable fashion. The excitement, energy, and values built by this project have lead community leaders to apply for and receive a large ARIS grant for community-wide water infrastructure. In the future, the school project will be hooked up to community water sources ensuring flow and usage of the constructed items.

We are grateful to Marguerite for completing this excellent project.

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Jon Village School #41 Hygiene Project - Kyrgyzstan

Underclass Students at School #41

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

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Jon Village, Bazar-Korgon raion, Jalalabad Oblast, Kyrgyz Republic

Community Description
Jon Village is located near the raion center, in Bazar-Korgon raion, Jalal-Abad Oblast.

There is only one school in the village, called School 41, which has 302 students (157 girls and 145 boys), 26 teachers (24 women and 2 men), and 7 other staff members (1 maintenance man, 3 cleaning women, 1 security man, 1 grounds keeper, and 1 cook). Sixth - eleventh form students attend school 6 days a week in the morning while first-fifth form students attend 5 days a week in the afternoon. The school is publically funded and also hosts community events, such as sports and meetings, being the only public building in the village other than the tiny, intermittently open clinic.

The village of Jon is a community of ethnically Kyrgyz people while the raion of Bazar-Korgon is predominantly ethnically Uzbek. Jon is an agricultural and bedroom community for the neighboring town of Bazar-Korgon (that is, almost all workers who work in the fields or outside the community), is relatively poor compared to neighboring communities, and has reported unemployment of 70-80%.

Problem Addressed
Jon school suffers from repeated Hepatitis A infections (2 cases in 2013, 1 in 2014, 2 in 2015).

Current hand washing facilityCurrently, the school has one hand washing station exterior to the school, filled by bucket from the nearby canal that the students and staff can use to clean their hands. Unfortunately, it is under-used, likely in part due to poor maintenance and the fact that it cannot be used in excessively cold temperatures as the tap freezes (November-February).

A survey of the school revealed that almost all students and staff (95%) interviewed use the outhouse at school. This survey additionally revealed high rates of absenteeism due to diseases (overall 2.6 reported days/month, ranging from 1.1 monthly days reported by 11th form to 4.2 monthly days reported by 10th form) and menstruation (1.7 to 2.5 reported monthly days reported by women and girls of apparent maturity). Appealing hand washing facilities would reduce disease spread and allow female staff and students to attend more days of school/work per month. Further, few people surveyed were able to list the correct times to wash hands (an overall average of 0.4 correct answers per survey taker from 5 pre-defined correct answers to an open-ended question).

A local nurse, who works at the raion HPU, identified the issue of poor hygiene at the village school. She consulted with the school director and identified priorities for facility improvement to improve school hygiene. These are sinks for hand and dishwashing in the existing kitchen and eating building, an-add-on facility to the existing school gym for showering, and the construction of a small new structure to house a hand washing station in proximity to the existing outhouse.

Currently, the only facility is an exterior hand washing station filled by bucket.  62% of survey takers reported using the hand washing station even though spot-checks showed it to be empty every time checked, 20% reported washing their hands in an irrigation ditch, 20% reported washing their hands in the kitchen and eating room presumably using a dipper and bucket, 5% reported using rain water, and 2% reported using snow. To support the proposed facilities, a small pump for the existing water cistern, a drain pit for wastewater, a hot water heater, and piping is needed. Additionally, a training program to educate on proper hand-washing timing and procedure and instill good habit is necessary. The training combined with remodel will together reduce absenteeism from school thus improving education. Existing Cistern

Project Description
This project is to implement the UNICEF “TopTaza” training program, build a shower at the existing gym, build a hot-water hand washing station near the existing outhouse, add sinks for hand and dish washing in the existing kitchen and dining building, and build associated infrastructure (piping, waste water, pump, and water heater).

Funding will be 50% from Water Charity, 25% financial support from the Beshik-Jon Ayil Ukmut, and 25% community in-kind matching labor and transportation costs.Funding priorities were made by the director of the school, the idea originated with a local nurse who works for the raion HPU, and plan made by both of them in combination with a local contractor.

There will be numerous positive outcomes from this project.  Here are the expected goals: reduction in the spread of communicable diseases (especially Hepatitis A, colds and flu’s, and diarrheal diseases) through the village school in the community at large, improvement of hygiene knowledge and habit which will percolate through the community, short-term employment opportunities for this cash-starved village, reduced absenteeism from school, and reduction of gender inequality in education. Specifically, the aim is for every student in the school to be able to name at least 2 times when hand washing is critical and be able to demonstrate effective hand washing with soap.  The school hopes an observational study of hand-washing will show 90% effective hand washing with soap (improved from 0%); and that absenteeism reported due to both illness and menstruation will reduce by 1 day monthly.

This project consists of two parts: the actual infrastructure remodeling and the training. For the infrastructure, first, all the necessary supplies (concrete, piping, pump etc.) will be purchased and brought to the school. Then workers will build and install the components. The training will be accomplished through implementing UNICEF’s TopTaza program. This program relies on training students in each class to act as a health aid monitoring and encouraging hand washing. The classes compete to achieve the best hand washing compliance and the bulk of the work is performed by students with assistance from staff and training personnel.

School kitchen where future sinks will beCommunity Organization
Jon Village School

Project Impact
This project will impact 1,843 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Marguerite Leeds

Monitoring and Maintenance  
The new infrastructure should last many years.

Currently, nation-wide, Kyrgyzstan is experiencing a paradigm shift. People in villages frequently state that they feel the responsibility of their government is to provide flowing water systems to every village. This appears to be a reach for modernity and correctness. Government offices appear to feel this too as multiple officials have voiced village water systems as a priority (already the norm in urban areas).

As the country builds modern water infrastructure, value will occur only when people adopt matching modern practices. Jon village, via this school infrastructure and education/training project, will be ready to jump when public water infrastructure reaches their homes because they will understand the value of the change and have hygiene priorities in line with those of public health. In this way, this small project will have long-reaching influences.Upperclass

The school has committed to the increased water, soap, and electrical costs that will be incurred as a function of the proposed facility improvements. The facility improvements are simple and any maintenance needs should be well within the ability of the staff already at the school.

Let Girls Learn
According to the Global Public-Private Partnership for hand washing, adequate hand washing facilities increase school attendance by girls by up to 6 days per year. This project will reduce absenteeism of students and staff (which is predominately female) due to menstruation. Absenteeism due to menstruation by females of apparent maturity is reported at 1.7 to 2.5 days per month.

Dollar Amount of Project
$2,000

Donations Collected to Date
$2,000

Dollar Amount Needed
$0 - This project has been fully funded by friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Marguerite Leeds.  Additional donations will go to other projects in Kyrgyzstan.

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

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Bazar-Korgon Rehabilitation Center Bathroom Project - Kyrgyzstan

Rehabilitation Center Children

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

Location

Bazar-Korgon village, Jalal-Abad oblast, Kyrgyzstansoccer match

Community Description
Bazar-Korgon (which translates as "Bazaar-Fortress") is a medium-sized town of roughly 35,000 inhabitants in southern Kyrgyzstan, in the Jalal-Abad oblast. It is an ethnically diverse town, with many people of Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Tajik, Uighur, and Russian descent. This area is the hottest area of the country, located in the Fergana Valley, which is in stark contrast to the rest of the majority mountainous country. This town is known as the gateway to Arslanbob, the world's largest natural walnut forest, which the locals take great pride in. Here the people are proud to discuss the beautiful surrounding nature, nomadic heritage of the Kyrgyz people, national hero Manas of old, and the impact left from times as a part of the Soviet Union. People here are incredibly friendly and welcoming. All you need to do is take a stroll through the bustling bazaar, which is the namesake of the town, and you will be invited to "chai-ich" (drink tea) at half a dozen vendors' homes.

Problem Addressed
The rehabilitation center in Bazar-Korgon hosts children with chronic conditions and illnesses/injuries that require extended supervision. About 600 children stay at the rehabilitation center each year, with a typical range of 1-3 weeks that each child stays. Communicable diseases can further jeopardize these children’s health status. The infrastructure in the building is from the early 1980's, and in very dilapidated condition.

The rehabilitation center is a large building, with four bathrooms and a kitchen facility, yet none of the toilets, sinks, or related piping is in functioning condition. The children must all use the same outdoor pit to go to the bathroom, leading to unsanitary conditions, and hardships in the wintertime.

cracked pipeProject Description
This project will replace the toilets, sinks, and related plumbing in the four indoor bathrooms and in the kitchen. Also, this project provides for monthly educational seminars about preventable communicable diseases in order to improve the sanitary conditions at the rehabilitation center, and reduce the rate of communicable disease occurrence.

The community originated the idea for the project, and is fully supportive. Water Charity is covering the cost of the infrastructure materials and training materials, while the community is providing all remodeling labor. The director of the rehabilitation center had a professional come out and take measurements, and provide a detailed budget of all necessary materials needed for the remodeling job, along with related pricing for the infrastructure supplies.
 
This project consists of two main components: the actual infrastructure remodeling, and the training component. For the infrastructure, first, all the necessary supplies (toilets, sinks, piping, etc.) will be purchased and brought to the rehabilitation center. The project is to install 8 toilets, 11 sinks, all related piping so they function properly, and a small amount of materials to provide training after the remodeling. Then, the volunteer laborers will tear out and dispose of all old infrastructure, which exists in various forms of disrepair. After this, all the new items will be installed.

The second component of the project is the educational seminars.   A health volunteer who works in Bazar-Korgon as well and Nicholas will assist in the preparation of communicable disease lessons in the Kyrgyz language. They will collaborate with medical staff at the rehabilitation center, teaching them the information so that they may give the presentations, with volunteers there as support..

Project Impact
This project will impact 600 resident children annually.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Nicholas Ruhly

Monitoring and Maintenance
The director of the rehabilitation and Nicholas will be on site to monitor the progress of the remodeling, and will be in attendance at the monthly trainings. The new infrastructure will provide sanitary facilities for the rehabilitation center many years.

The community is providing all remodeling labor, and has also pledged to help maintain the new system without cost for two years after installation. Beyond that, if small items occasionally need repair/replacement, the rehabilitation center has its own small funds that it will use for upkeep of the infrastructure. The training piece will be easily sustainable by the medical staff at the rehabilitation center. Nicholas will provide the training information and initial materials to the staff in the Kyrgyz language, and they will reuse items, like posters and markers, for many presentations. These types of materials are very low cost, and can be replaced by the center when additional supplies are needed in the future.
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Comments
This project builds skills and capacity within the local medical staff at the rehabilitation center. It increases their knowledge of communicable diseases and how they are spread, and allows them to better educate and care for the children who stay there. They will be able to carry on these trainings after volunteers are no longer on site assisting. Also, with the rehabilitation center director taking the lead with this project, she is learning valuable things about doing development work and applying for aid.

Dollar Amount of Project
$1,600

Donations Collected to Date
$530

Dollar Amount Needed
$1,070

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This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE. We are still accepting donations, which will be used to help us fund the next project in Kyrgyzstan.

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Dolon Medical Care Facility Water System Project - Kyrgyzstan

Dolon Medical Care Facility Water System Project - Kyrgyzstan

NPCA - WC LogosThis project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION. 

Location
Dolon, Tup Rayon, Issyk Kul Oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Dolon Medical Care Facility Water System Project - Kyrgyzstan

Community Description
Dolon is a small village in NorthEast Issyk-Kul, with 1,160 residents.

Problem Addressed
The only medical care facility in the village does not have running water.

The medical care facility (FAP), and 1 medical care provider, in Dolon village serves the needs of the entire community. On any given day, the medical care provider will treat 55-60 patients, about 1,800 patients per month. Most of these patients come from within the village, with some coming from the neighboring village of Kosh-Dobo. In, 2011, Dolon (and Kosh-Dobo) was granted with a clean water system--a large well, water treatment facility, water tower, and pipes that connect almost every home to the system.

Due to an unresolved budget, the FAP never received access to this water system. The cleanliness of the facility is in question, as well as the hygiene of the medical care provider.

Nurses go from inserting IVs, to treating children, most of the time without washing their hands. With clean, running water, the FAP will be able to ensure the cleanliness of the building, and improve the hygiene and sanitation of the medical care provided, potentially decreasing the spread illness and disease.

Project Description
The project includes providing access to the existing water system by digging trenches, connecting pipes, installing a septic tank, and installing a sink and water heater inside a small room at the FAP. To provide the FAP access to the water, a trench will be dug 97 meters long, 1 meter across, and 1.8 meters deep, from the nearest large water pipe (under the road 97 meters away) to the FAP.

In this trench a small 15 millimeter diameter pipe will be placed that will carry water from the larger pipe to the water heater inside the FAP. In the trench, there will be a large cement cylinder in place vertically, like a  manhole (where the small water pipe will run through), inside of which the water to the FAP can be shut off in case of leaks or damage. Additionally, a septic tank will be installed. The septic tank will be 50 meters away, connected to the sink with a 50 millimeter diameter pipe. The water from the sink will drain into the septic, and the septic tank will be emptied 3 or 4 times per year, by a company in the rayon center of Tup, called Komkoz.

Dolon Medical Care Facility, Kyrgyzstan

Inside the FAP, we will be installing a water heater and sink. The water heater holds 30 liters of water and will be hung on the wall, directly connecting to the porcelain sink.

Trench digging labor will be provided, free of charge, from the clean water organization ERBAKO. ERBAKO has access to a tractor for excavating and digging trenches. They all have experience in this kind of construction. The organization has also promised to continue repair and maintenance of the system after the funds have been depleted. The local medical care provider will assit during the process as well.
 
When construction is completed, the local Peace Corps Volunteer and her local counterpart will give a few seminars on the importance of clean water, hygiene, and sanitation to community members. The seminars will be conducted at the FAP, so community members can see the improvements first hand. The seminars given will be about the importance of clean water, water-borne illnesses, and using water as preventative medicine.


Project Impact
1,160 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Stephanie Wolodkin

Monitoring and Maintenance

The health care provider will monitor the condition of the system, and ERBAKO will provide any maintenance needed.

Comments

This is an important project project for the facility and will enable services for the community at large.

Fundraising Goal For Project
$1,400

Donations Collected to Date
$1,400

Dollar Amount Needed
$0 - This project has been funded by Adrian and Kim Jacobs with help from 
QSI Bishkek International School 5th Grade Class (which donated $475) and other friends and family of Stephanie.

Additional donations will go to future projects in Kyrgyzstan.
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Tumenbaev School Latrine Project - Kyrgyzstan

Location
Chok-Tal Village, Issyk-Kul Oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Community Description
Chok-Tal is located in the Issyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan on the northern coast of Lake Issyk-Kul. There are approximately 2,000 people who live there.

The main sources of income in Chok-Tal are agriculture and tourism. A large percentage of residents only hold jobs in the summer months when tourists come to beautiful Lake Issyk-Kul. This seasonal salary is supplemented with selling crops from family gardens in summer and fall.

Those who are employed year-round work in the shops, the local government, service garage, or at the school. Some people commute to a larger town 30 minutes away.

Tumenbaev Secondary School is the only school in Chok-Tal Village. There are approximately 300 students in attendance from grades 1 to 11. The teaching and support staff consists of 35 people. Many of the teachers in Chok-Tal are the sole providers of their families during the winter months, making an average monthly income of $60.00.

Grades 5-11 attend school from eight in the morning until one in the afternoon and grades 1-4 attend from 1:30 PM to approximately 5:00 PM. The majority of the teaching and support staff work both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Tumenbaev School was built in 2008. It is a very modern building with bright classrooms that are warm in the winter. However, there is no indoor plumbing or running water in the school or on school grounds. Students use buckets to haul water from the nearest water pump when water is needed indoors.

Behind the school there is one latrine-style toilet building with four holes for boys and four holes for girls. Teachers, staff, and students currently use the same building.

Tumenbaev School Latrine Project - KyrgyzstanTumenbaev School Latrine Project - Kyrgyzstan

Project Description
This project is to construct a new toilet building on school grounds to be used by the teachers and staff of Tumenbaev School.

The toilet structure will be made of durable cement bricks with a concrete floor, making the building conducive to cleaning and disinfecting. Metal supports will be installed within the floor slab to ensure stability and longevity. The roof will be constructed of metal. There will be two separate areas designated for men and for women and they will be divided by a brick wall for privacy.

The toilets will be located a safe distance from any of the local pumps or water sources. It is also over 200 meters from Lake Issyk-Kul, a UNICEF World Heritage Site, so there will be no direct damage to this beautiful lake or the village’s drinking water.

There are existing pits dug for the purpose of a teacher’s toilet. They are located next to the current students’ structure.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the materials for the latrine, including bricks, cement, doors, support beams, roofing, tubing and hardware.

The teachers and community will pay for and arrange the transport of materials from the nearest city, which is 45 minutes away.

A construction worker from the village and the director of the school will oversee the project to ensure proper and timely completion, projected at 7 to 10 days. Additional labor will be provided by local men in the village without charge.

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Project Impact
35 teachers and staff at Tumenbaev School will directly benefit from this project. 300 students will indirectly benefit from a reduced usage of the existing latrines.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Emma Distel

Comments
Toilets designated for the use of teachers will improve their comfort and wellbeing, an important benefit for the retention of competent staff. It will also help to decrease the spread of germs and infections throughout the school by segregating the sanitary facilities for teachers from those of the student population.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Emma Distel.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Emma of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Emma and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

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

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Toichu Aktanov Primary School and Secondary School Handwashing Station Project - Kyrgyzstan

Toichu Aktanov Primary School and Secondary School Handwashing Station Project - Kyrgyzstan

Location
Kashka-Suu, Chui Oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Community Description
Kashka Suu is a primarily rural and agricultural village in Chui Oblast, located in the mountains south of Bishkek, the capital city. It is a small town containing only 2,000 residents, one of the smaller communities in the oblast.

Toichu Aktanov Primary School and Secondary School Handwashing Station Project - Kyrgyzstan

The main source of income in the area is from agriculture, although some families supplement this income by work at the school or small shops in the village, or commuting to Bishkek for work. The average family size is 6 and average income per family is 10,000 som a month.

There are two schools in Kashka Suu village, a primary and a secondary school. These schools serve of 195 of Kashka Suu’s students, grades 1-11, including the village’s most underprivileged students. Approximately 50 students who are able to pay for tuition attend Russian schools outside of the village

Currently very few buildings in the village have any running water, and most individuals use public spouts. Many schools in Kyrgyzstan deal with this problem by supplying free-standing sinks in which students can top-load water daily.

At the two schools, students and teachers haul water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Without easy access to water, students resort to washing their hands in unclean streams, or do not do so at all.

Most students and staff eat lunch at school and use the restrooms at school. Students often attend school sick. Thus, the lack of handwashing stations has a strong effect on the level of hygiene and spread of infectious disease in schools.

Project Description
This project is to provide handwashing facilities in each of the two Kashka Suu village schools.

Two stand-alone handwashing stations will be placed at the primary school and two at the secondary school. The stations will be located at the entrance and near the cafeteria of each school.

Each station will be a free-standing piece of furniture in which water is added at the top, used through a sink, and exits into a bucket. The students on duty will be responsible for refilling the handwashing stations throughout the day.

Toichu Aktanov Primary School and Secondary School Handwashing Station Project - Kyrgyzstan

Handwashing stations are sold by local vendors in Bishkek (about an hour away). Four stations will be purchased and transported to Kashka Suu. Project funds will be used to purchase and transport the units.

Any budgetary shortfall will be borne by the teachers of the school.

The Peace Corps volunteer in the village will teach proper handwashing technique and basic hygiene to the students at the schools.

Project Impact
This project will directly benefit 220 people, including 195 students and 25 staff members.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Alexandra Biron

Comments
As water supply and drainage are not readily available, and a lot needs to be accomplished with a limited budget, the project uses the appropriate technology.

The increased access to proper hygiene is expected to lead to improved health, decreased rates of infection, and improved school attendance.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

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Dollar Amount Needed
$555.00


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

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Eshmanbet School Water Project - Kyrgyzstan

Eshmanbet School Water Project - KyrgyzstanLocation
Kirk Kazik Village, Talas Rayon, Talas Oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Community Description
Kirk Kazik is a village of 5,448 residents living in approximately 300 family units. The main sources of income are from school or field work.

This village has one school, the Eshmanbet School, for all school-age children. There are 578 students from 1st through 11th grades. The school is staffed with 46 teachers and 15 other people who work as support staff.

Currently the students and staff who spend their days at Eshmanbet School do not have running water on the property. Lack of running water presents many challenges for the school, including inadequate water for drinking, cooking, washing hands, and cleaning dishes. Although this has been difficult, staff has made do by collecting water from the public water spout, a source of potable water, located about 100 meters from the school.

Eshmanbet School Water Project - KyrgyzstanThe main inconvenience for students and staff is hand washing throughout the school day. As most eat at the school cafeteria and use the restrooms at school, this presents a big hygiene problem for the students and staff.

Project Description
This project is to create a method bringing water to the school and storing it for use in the school's kitchen. This will greatly aid in the process of cooking and cleaning for the students and staff.

In addition, this project will build three handwashing stations, to be available for drinking and hygiene purposes.

The school will purchase three fifteen-liter buckets for kitchen water storage, to be used for cooking and cleaning purposes.

Eshmanbet School Water Project - KyrgyzstanThe handwashing stations will be located in the school's cafeteria. They will consist of a pot for clean water from which three faucets draw the water, and a basin below where the dirty water drains. The dirty water basin will be emptied by students on duty as often as it fills.

The stations will be built of wood, in addition to the metal water containers, faucets, and sink bed. They will be built by a Kirk Kazik local.

Project funds will be used to purchase the materials to build the sinks (including boards, hinges, faucets, hose, nails, screws, sink bed, sealer, and pails) and the buckets for the kitchen.

Any budgetary shortfall will be borne by the school.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 639 people, including the 578 students, 46 teachers and 15 other employees.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Claire Oyler

Comments
This is a low-tech solution to an urgent need for safe water at the school. It will have widespread benefits in reducing illness and improving the wellbeing of all of those who spend their days at the school.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the SLOW LIFE Foundation as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative, with the help of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Claire Oyler.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Claire of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Claire and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

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

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Bakai-Ata School Handwashing Station Project - Kyrgyzstan

Bakai-Ata School Handwashing Station Project - Kyrgyzstan

Location
Bakai-Ata Village, Bakai-Ata Rayon, Talas Oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Bakai-Ata School Handwashing Station Project - Kyrgyzstan

Community Description
Bakai-Ata is a primarily rural and agricultural village in the west of Talas oblast, one of the most isolated areas in Kyrgyzstan. It is a medium-size town that serves as the Bakai-Ata rayon’s administrative and regional health center as well as a center for commerce.

The town contains over 1,500 households and has a current population of 8,188 residents, 2,000 of which are students, making Bakai Ata one of the larger communities in the Talas Oblast, Kyrgyzstan. The main sources of income in the area is from agriculture though some families supplement this income if a member works at the local government, schools, small shops, or the hospital. There are three schools in Bakai-Ata village; 1,350 students regularly attend these school. All three schools serve grades 1-11.

Currently very few buildings in the village have any running water and most individuals use public spouts. Many schools in Kyrgyzstan deal with this problem by supplying free-standing sinks in which students can top-load water daily. Unfortunately, the Bakai-Ata village schools do not have the funding to provide such equipment.

Without easy access to water, students resort to washing their hands in unclean streams, or not at all. Most students and staff eat lunch at school, use the restrooms at school, and students often attend school sick. Thus, the lack of hand washing stations has a strong effect on the level of hygiene and spread of infectious disease in schools.

Currently, students and teachers haul water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning and, though this is difficult, they are willing to do this for handwashing if stations are provided.

Project Description
This project is to provide 6 handwashing stations, 2 for each of 3 schools, in Bakai-Ata.

The handwashing stations will be located at each schools entrance and near each school's cafeteria. Each station will be a free-standing piece of furniture in which water is added at the top, used through a sink, and exits into a bucket. The students on duty will be responsible for refilling the handwashing stations throughout the day.

Finally, the two Peace Corps volunteers in the village will teach proper hand washing technique and basic hygiene to the students at the three schools.

Bakai-Ata School Handwashing Station Project - KyrgyzstanHandwashing stations are sold by local vendors in Talas City (about an hour away). Six stations will be purchased and transported to Bakai-Ata. Project funds will be used to purchase and transport the handwashing stations.

The project is being implemented under the direction of the Leninpol Humanitarian Lyceum, Lenin Secondary School. Any budgetary shortfall will be borne by the teachers of the school.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 1,460 people: 1,350 students and 110 school staff members.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Athena Parker

Comments
This project utilizes the appropriate technology under the circumstances. It achieves widespread impact with a limited investment, and will improve the health of the students and the entire community.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now 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 Athena Parker of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Athena and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

 

 

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

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Kindirbaev Secondary School Latrine Project - Kyrgyzstan

Kindirbaev Secondary School Latrine Project - Kyrgyzstan

Location
Barskoon, Jety-Ogyz Rayon, Issyk-Kul Oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Kindirbaev Secondary School Latrine Project - Kyrgyzstan

Community Description
Barskoon is a village of roughly 7,300 residents living in approximately 2,000 family units located on the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. The main source of income of most families is from growing crops or raising livestock for sale or personal use.

Some families have additional income from the major employers in the village. These include Kindirbaev Secondary School, Kumtar Gold Mine, Barskoon’s Hospital, Bakyt Craft Factory, and shops located in the village.

Kindirbaev Secondary School is currently the only secondary school in Barskoon. Over 1,500 students from 1st through 11th grade study at this school. The school is staffed by 115 teachers and another 30 people who work as support staff.

Although the teachers’ toilets have for some time been unfit for use, the school has always made it their priority to replace and repair the facilities used by students first. In 2005 the school built a permanent outhouse structure for students, and in 2010 the school built a state-of-the-art outhouse for their handicapped students.

The facilities currently used daily by the staff were built using second-hand wood that is now falling apart and rotting. They are now unfit for use and extremely unsafe.

Project Description
This project is to create two toilets at Kindirbaev Secondary School for the use of teachers and support staff.

The new facilities will be built on school grounds more than 50 meters from the closest water source to ensure there is no negative impact on the water supply. The structure will be built out of concrete and bricks to ensure the facility will be safe to use over the years.

A professional construction worker completed the design and blueprint of the facility at no cost. He will be available to help oversee this project.

Completion of the project is scheduled to take 12 days. The activities will include preparing the location, digging the hole, installing support beams, laying concrete for the platform, laying the foundation, building the brick walls, placing the roof, and installing doors and windows.

Kindirbaev Secondary School Latrine Project - KyrgyzstanAll materials will be bought locally or in the city located 2 hours away as needed. All labor and transportation of materials will be supplied by teachers. They will also pay any expenses in excess of the budgeted amount

Materials to be purchased with project funds will include, sand, cement, brick, metal roof, door, iron support beams, wood and boards, windows, and nails.

Project Impact
145 teachers and support staff will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Joanna Ison

Comments
This is an extremely important project that needs to be completed as quickly as possible. Having a clean, safe, and sturdy toilet for staff members to use while at work is an important sanitation issue.

Joanna previously successfully completed the Kindirbaev Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – Kyrgyzstan.

 

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now 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 Joanna Ison of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Joanna and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

 

 

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

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Kindirbaev Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – Kyrgyzstan

Kindirbaev Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – KyrgyzstanLocation
Barskoon, Jety-Ogyz Rayon, Issyk-Kul Oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Community Description
Barskoon is a village of roughly 7,300 residents living in approximately 2,000 family units located on the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. The main sources of income are from growing crops and raising and selling livestock. Some families do have additional income from the major employers in the village. These include Kindirbaev Secondary School, Kumtar Gold Mine, Barskoon’s Hospital, Bakyt Craft Factory, and shops located in the village.

Kindirbaev Secondary School is currently the only secondary school in Barskoon. Over 1,500 students from 1st through 11th grade study at this school. The school is staffed by 115 teachers and another 30 people who work as support staff.

Kindirbaev Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – KyrgyzstanCurrently the students and staff who spend their days at Kindirbaev School do not have running water on the property. Lack of running water presents many challenges for the school, including inadequate water for drinking, cooking, cleaning classrooms, and cleaning dishes. Although this has been difficult, staff has made do by collecting water from the public water spout located about 120 meters from the school, which is a source of potable water.

In addition, it has been impossible for the students and staff to wash their hands throughout the school day. As most eat at the school cafeteria and use the restrooms at school, this presents a big hygiene problem for the students and staff.

Project Description
This project is to bring water onto school grounds from the public water source, and also build 4 handwashing stations, to be available for drinking and brushing teeth.

Kindirbaev Secondary School Handwashing Station Project – KyrgyzstanThe handwashing stations will be located just outside the school’s main entrance, between the toilets and the door of the school, close to the cafeteria. The water will be gravity fed through an underground pipe from the closest public water spout.

The handwashing station itself will be made of piping and a concrete base. Water will drain to an open cement gutter that will connect to an existing public gutter off the school grounds.

All of the labor for this project will be done by Kindirbaev School staff and students without charge.

The process involves digging the ditch, purchasing and bringing materials from Karakol town to Barskoon village, installing the piping, mixing and laying the cement around the faucets, burying the piping, and finally installing the faucets.

Project funds will be used to purchase the materials, including plastic piping, connectors and corner pieces, faucets, insulation, rope, cement, fence, sand, gravel, wood, nails, and shovels.

Any budgetary shortfall will be borne by the teachers of the school.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 1,645 people, including 1,500 students, 115 teachers, and 30 support staff.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Joanna Ison

Comments
This is an extremely important water supply and hygiene project for Kindirbaev School and Barskoon village. It will have a high impact for the many people who are at the school each day.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Stanley Zylowski, of Alexandria, Virginia, USA, with help from friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Joanna Ison.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Joanna of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by her and/or those of other PCVs in the country.

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

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