Moldova

Frumuşica High School Well Project - Moldova

Frumuşica High School Well Project - Moldova

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

Location
Frumușica, Florești, Republic of Moldova

Frumuşica High School Well Project - MoldovaCommunity Description
Frumușica is a small village in the district of Florești, in Northern Moldova. The village consists of around 900 locals, the majority of them being children or the elderly. It is very common for early-20s to late-50s adults to work and live abroad, sending home money for their children and elderly parents.

The village consists of an Eastern Orthodox church, the mayor's office/post office, the sector police station, the club house, a pharmacy, a kindergarten, a small clinic, a handful of small convenience stores, and the local high school.

Frumușica High School is the home to 157 students and 31 school employees from 6 neighboring villages including Frumușica, Căinarii Vechi, Scăieni, Izvoare, Trifanești, and Alexandrovca. The students range from grades 1st - 12th with ages 7 - 18 years old. It is the biggest school in the area, and plays a vital part in the community.

Problem Addressed
There has been a high number of cases of hepatitis A, along with diarrhea, among the students and staff at the high school. This is due to the fact that the school lacks access to clean, filtered, and consistent running water.

With unstable running water, they cannot consistently wash their hands, use the restrooms, cook, prepare meals, or even clean efficiently - which ultimately halts their progress toward a healthier lifestyle.

From observations, surveys and open discussion, students stated when the water is low or abruptly stops running, which it often does (no water for a week out of a month), they cannot use the sinks to wash their hands before meals or after using the restroom. In fact, they are forced to use the unsanitary outdoor toilets.

The cooking staff cannot properly prepare meals for the primary school and the high school students and staff without running water. They are forced to go to the nearby uncovered well which is a 3-5-minute walk.

The cleaning staff, all over the age 50, have to fetch buckets of water from the wells throughout the day to clean and maintain the school. The service staff mention that during the cold season, water is used to fill the heating system throughout the school, and without water, the school does not sufficiently heat up.

The school had its own water well system. However, in 1995 the well dried up and the school had to find an alternative water source. The school brought water from other wells in cleaning tanks and stored them in large barrels. This did not meet the sanitary and health requirements.

In 2014, Frumuşica High School tried another alternate source for water. However, they ran into the same problems, with the prices being extremely high and constant interruptions.

Without running water, there is a high risk of spreading transmittable diseases, especially if the students and staff cannot wash their hands properly, use the restroom appropriately, and prepare or eat a meal at school correctly.

In the Florești area, there have been outbreaks of hepatitis A. According to the public medical center, the 11 villages sector (including Frumușica, Trifanești, Izvoare, Scăieni, Căinari Vechi, Alexandrovca) have a total of 176 registered cases of hepatitis (A, B, C) with 21 of them being children. The total registered cases of hepatitis (A, B, C) in Frumușica is 34, with 5 of them children.

Project Description
This project is to build a well to provide for the water needs of the school.

The well is designed to connect to the school waterline and provide water to the cafeteria, sinks, indoor restrooms and faucets. The school will use a water pump, generator and water filtration system to provide clean, filtered running water.

The school director, groundskeepers and some of the men in the community will help with the purchasing of the materials and the construction of the well.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the necessary materials to dig, clean and build the well, and to compensate those who work on the construction and installation of the project.

The community will contribute 25% of the overall project budget, paying for gas, electricity, transportation, transportation rentals, and work.

Project Impact
188 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Aana Barabas

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school's groundskeepers and maintenance team will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the water pump and pipes. As they will be involved with the construction and installation of the well, they will have the knowledge to properly replace or fix any problems that arise. The school and parent association will replace the water filter, every 3 to 5 years as needed.

Comments
With the construction of this well and access to clean, reliable water, the students and staff at Frumuşica High School will have several benefits, namely:

1. The renovated sinks can be used for handwashing on a regular basis.
2. The indoor restrooms will be available and in use for the students and staff.
3. The school cafeteria can operate and serve lunch to the students in a hygienic manner.
4. The cleaning staff can clean in sanitary comfort with adequate supply to water.
5. The school can properly be heated during the cold season with the water-fueled heating system.
6. The students will have a reliable and consistent source of pure drinking water.
7. The female students and staff can safely and comfortably use the restroom facility during their menstrual cycle.

Frumuşica High School Well Project - MoldovaLet Girls Learn
This is an official Let Girls Learn project, being implemented pursuant to the partnership between the Office of the First Lady and Peace Corps.

It is important to note that 55% of the students are girls and 77% of the school employees are women. The lack of water greatly affects the female populations, especially those who are of menstruating age. Most females feel so uncomfortable with the unsanitary conditions that they stay home from school or go home early.

As part of the project, the health teachers and health club have all already conducted a menstrual/reproductive health seminar and invited all the female students in grades 4th-12th, along with the staff members.

Fundraising Target
$1,700

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

Donations Collected to Date
$1,000

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Dollar Amount Needed
$700

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

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Village Costesti Bathroom Project - Moldova

Building to be repaired

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

Location

Village Costesti, Raion Ialoveni, Moldova

Community DescriptionLibrarian near site of the new bathroom
The Village of Costesti is a large village 25 kilometers south of the city of Chisinau. The population is 12,068; 5,900 are male and 6,168 are women. It is considered to be a middle-class village and one of the largest cities in Moldova. Being middle class does not exclude Costesti from the problem of eroding population.  There are approximately 2,036 people working outside of the country to support their families.  Population erosion causes a negative effect for most of the 2,646 children in Costesti, who are being raised by single parents, grandparents or other family members. Also, this has a huge impact on senior citizens who are left behind and sometimes forgotten by their children who have left in pursuit of a better life.
 
Costesti is an agricultural village with rolling hills of vineyards.  All of the homes have gardens in the yard. Moldova’s central and southern regions are one of the main destinations for grape storage, offering many refrigeration storage facilities. The village center is composed of a small market place, a small medical center, and Mayor’s office.

The largest building is the Casa de Cultura, an important building utilized for community cultural events and weddings. The library and NGOs are located in the same structure, but are independent to the bathroom and water amenities.
 
The library is a popular place for the children in Costesti, offering the only place to congregate with their friends. Computers and Internet draw many children and adults to the library. On a weekly basis, there are 350 people who visit the library to use technology, read a book, check out books or attend computer and English language classes. 

Prior to July, 2015 the Mayor of Costesti wanted to close the library saying it was an additional unnecessary expense for the village, and cut funding.   It wasn’t until the new Mayor, a former high school director, was elected, that the library has had hope for a future. The library is slowly coming to life by the determination of the librarian. However, growth has been a struggle with the lack of sanitation.  
 
Equipment damaged due to flooding The other wing of the building was the former home of a women’s career training center. These women were survivors of human trafficking. The training center was equipped with sewing machines, irons and machinery for woodworking. This equipment was ruined by flooding that was caused by an outdated sewage system, and the project was forced to close.

Currently, on the first floor, a social canteen feeds over 25 seniors every morning.  On the second floor, there was a youth-friendly health center, a training center, and a small medical clinic, but they were forced to leave due to the unsanitary conditions.  A new bathroom was installed in this wing. However, due to the sewage backup it remains inoperable in winter and when it rains.
 
These two wings of the Casa de Cultura have a future of becoming a social center for Costesti and neighboring villages with the installation of a new sewage system. The woman’s career training will return, more youth training can be held in 2nd floor and the seniors will have better sanitation and safety. The community's ultimate goal is for this building to be the social center for youth, children, families and seniors for Costesti and neighboring villages.

Problem Addressed
Currently visitors to the library are using the outside latrine, a 200-meter walk down an unpaved path behind the Casa de Cultura. After using the outside latrine, visitors have no place to wash their hands, spreading germs to books and keyboards.  Current bathroom behind Casa de Cultura

The community is asking to have a space for the young adults to participate in life skill classes, dance, or create. Parents of Costesti are asking for a place to bring the children. Seniors need a place to sit and relax. Repairing the sewage in this building will be the first step in providing a safe and sanitary place for these citizens.

It was suggested to install the bathroom in the corridor of the library opening it up to the public who will visit this site.

Past experience with the installation of a new bathroom proved unsuccessful, causing flooding which closed two social projects in the building. To provide toilet facilities to this building the sewage system must be upgraded and connected to the main sewage line in the village. Thus, the first project is to fix the sewage problem, providing sanitation and safety to citizens utilizing the social canteen and attending events held by Avante (NGO). 

Project Description
This project is to install a bathroom for the visitors at the library, and to redirect the old sewage system from the NGO building to a newer system, solving the problem of flooding.  This will leave the Casa de Cultura with bathrooms year-round in both wings.

current sewage connection from west wing home of NGOsThe community contribution will be the connection of the sewage system to both bathrooms located in the NGO side of the building and the proposed bathroom for the library.

Re-directing the sewage system will stop the flooding that had caused damage to the equipment used by the social integration of women project, and the loss of Avante medical assistance project. The building houses two NGOs that had lost the ability to continue these two projects due to the flood. Once this system is fixed the NGOs will re-instate these projects and will proceed in starting a new youth center in the building.

In designing the project, the installation of the bathroom was reviewed and it was determined that more rings would need to be added to the current sewer system, and eventually run PVC pipe through the main sewage system to the road 35 meters from the library. The village responsibility will be the rings to expand the sewage system and a concrete cover to minimize odors from the sewage. 

The village engineer, who is familiar with the project, suggested the re-direction of the old system in the social services side of the building directly to the street. Doing this will eliminate the flooding issue, and save the extra expenses of concrete removal and  PVC pipe. 

The installation of the bathroom is close to the current plumbing in the Casa de Cultura. With any installation of plumbing there is always the risk of problems. To minimize this risk the company that installed the bathrooms in the Casa de Cultura will install the new bathroom.

Step one is to develop documentation and technical design of the bathroom and sanitation.  This will be completed by the Mayor's engineer specialist and registered as a technical project complete with Mayor's stamp.  This will be completed in March-April, 2016 and Mayoralty Costesti is responsible for this step. Currently the mayoralty has a specialist who is responsible for the project and knows a company who can provide such services.

Step two is to identify the company or personnel that will be responsible for the construction and installation.  The timeline for this step is April, 2016.  The person responsible for this step is NGO Alternative, Maria Borta (librarian).  In the village Costesti there are several companies and individuals providing such services.  

Step three is the procurement of equipment and construction materials needed.  This will happen in May, 2016 with Cynthia Katocs and Maria Bivol being the responsible parties.  Procurement of equipment and materials necessary for construction will be done in coordination with the construction company.

Step four is the construction and installation of a sanitary bath.  The timeline for this is May, 2016 and the construction company will be children standing where the proposed bathroom will be built responsible.

Step five is connecting the water to the central sewer system, which is planned for June, 2016.  The construction company is responsible for this step.

Step six is for the sewage system and library bathroom to be operational.  This is planned for June, 2016 and the group of project implementation is responsible for this step.  

Step seven will be a club training for young women's leadership and participation in community life in June, 2016 by Cynthia Katocs and Maria Bivol.

Project Impact
This project will impact around 500 people, and likely a lot more, as the Casa De Cultura becomes more used by the community.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Cynthia Katocs

Monitoring and Maintenance 
Visitors to the library and enrollees to the Women Social Integration Project will be asked to keep the facilities clean, and social workers will maintain them.  The mayor's office will be responsible for maintaining the sewage system.

Comments
This project will improve the working conditions of 11 social workers and the 450+ monthly beneficiaries visiting the building by installing a bathroom and renewing the drainage system for the public library, health clinics, and Non-Governmental Organizations.  This should increase the number of beneficiaries to social services and the library, and will help reinstate the Women Social Integration Project, thus increasing the number of people using the facilities.  

Dollar Amount of Project
$2,500

Donations Collected to Date
$300

Dollar Amount Needed
$ 2,200

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Caplani Water Project - Moldova

Orthodox Church - Moldova

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

Location

Caplani village, Stefan Voda district, Moldova

Community Description Center and CIty Hall
Caplani is a village in the southeastern corner of Moldova. The Ukraine can be seen from the village, and you can walk to the border in under half an hour. There are about 3,500 people living in the area, but many have parents or children working abroad, as there aren't very many local work opportunities. In the past few years, rainfall in the region has decreased quite a lot, which has influenced both the quantity and the quality of the groundwater. The majority of the population grows many different crops and relies on this water to sustain them. This is why a central distribution system is so important.      

Problem Addressed
One of the main problems in Caplani is the lack of quality drinking water. In the past (60-70 years ago), people used the water from the wells, which had high fluorine content and often led to illness. In 1970, two springs were constructed and 21 km of pipelines were built. The central pipe connected 80% of the population, and the remaining 20% got water from tanks. However, in 1990, with the collapse of the kolkhoz (collective farming land under the Soviet Union) and lack of finances to repair water supply systems, the systems stopped working. The villagers were forced to return to using well water.      

Since then, Caplani's City Hall has slowly been renovating the central water supply and its distribution systems, and connecting more and more of the village to it. However, lack of funds has prevented the completion of this project. Thus, the center of the village is without running water. This includes the health center, Orthodox Church, City Hall, Municipal Services, Fire Department, Cultural House, Seventh Day Adventist church, Sports School, and 15 households.

Health CenterProject Description
This project is to construct additional pipelines to the existing distribution systems in order to ensure running, quality water for the entire village.

The renovation of the central water system began in 2005 with the water tower and 2 km of the pipelines. In 2011, the Municipal Utility Services department was created and tasked with supplying water to the population and the pipeline renovation. From 2012-2014, a total of 19 km of pipelines were constructed, connecting, in total, 80% of the village.

Through this project, the remaining 20%, the center of the village will have water, including the health center, Orthodox church, City Hall, Municipal Services, Fire Department, Cultural House, Seventhd Day Adventist church, Sports School, and 15 households. The mayor also has plans in the coming year to construct a nursing home for the elderly and those with disabilities, which will be connected as well.

To begin, within the first two weeks after the project is approved, the mayor and the Administrator of the Municipal Services will meet with the inhabitants of the village to inform them about the launching of the project.  During the next three weeks, the Administrator will choose a company to provide the necessary supplies for the work of constructing and connecting pipes to the existing distribution systems and procure those supplies. 

Construction is expected to take about two months.  Pipelines will be constructed below the surface of the ground near the center of the village and the future site of the nursing home. These will run 950 meters in the center and along one residential street, and will connect the aforementioned sites.      

Following construction, the mayor and mayor's office will invite a health specialist and specialist in preventative medicine to speak in order to increase the level of health education in the village. Promotional materials for citizens with health information and information about the project will be printed, and discussions will be held with high school students about water quality importance.  

Project Impact Households
This project will benefit 3,500 inhabitants.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Catherine Richardson

Monitoring and Maintenance
The mayor, Valeriu Tabunscic, and the Administrator of Municipal Services, Valeriu Iuras, are the main leaders of this project. The Primaria will provide monetary contributions and will be involved post-project with the maintenance. The Primaria is committed to continuing to provide support for this project. The Primaria has been working on slowly building more and more pipeline, so this is not a new task for them to sustain. They will be adding more of the village to the distribution systems and will have more to keep up with, but they have been doing this at a greater rate over time already.

Comments
Caplani is a small, quiet village, about three hours by bus to the capital of Moldova, so when Catherine Richardson found out this was her placement last July, she was a bit nervous. She soon learned that she was wrong to worry, because she felt so very lucky to have been placed there.  Catherine states that the mayor of Caplani has become one of her favorite people, and treats her as if she were one of his own daughters. He is always willing to help with a project or share a cultural experience with her. So are the other people in the village - everyone has been so welcoming, and this community truly feels like a family that she has become a part of, and that she wants to help with in any way that she can.

The mayor is the primary person committed to implementing this project.  The aim of the project is to construct pipelines to connect many important beneficiaries to the existing system, completing the system to include the entire village, providing better quality water and better living conditions for its inhabitants.

Dollar Amount of Project
$3,200

Donations Collected to Date
$0

Dollar Amount Needed
$3,200

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

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Taraclia Pump Project - Moldova

Taraclia Pump Project - Moldova

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

Location of project:

Taraclia, Taraclia district, Moldova

Description of project community:Taraclia Pump Project - Moldova

Taraclia is a town in the south of the Republic of Moldova with a population of about 13,500. The southern region of the country is more arid and experiences more severe droughts than the northern part of the country. Thus, Taraclia’s geographical location affects its water supply level, especially during the summer. In addition, the town’s water quality is below standard levels.

Description of problem:

Lack of consistency/security in town's water supply; large recurring costs for Apa Canal to replace pumps.

More than half of Taraclia’s water supply is pumped from three subterranean wells in the town. The biggest amount of water is pumped from well #2 (about 540 m3/day). The low quality equipment used to pump water must be changed about once or twice a year because “Apa Canal,” the only water supplier in Taraclia, does not have sufficient funds to purchase a modern pump let alone all the related piping.

Detailed Project Description:

Taraclia PumpThe modern pump will reduce the risk of water blockages and ensure the population’s access to water all year round. The installation process will take an estimated 8 hours over one or two days preferably in March 2015.
 
After the project is approved, the Director of the water supplier company will order the pump from the supplying organization. The Director will fill out a pre-modern pump survey that explains the details of the current situation and how the water supply is frequently interrupted due to low-quality equipment. After a month, the pump will be brought to the town and installed over the next 1 to 3 days. Upgrading the related piping will take more time.
 
The pump will be installed 100 meters below the ground’s surface by well #2 near the town’s prison. When the modern pump is installed, two of the three wells will be closed and water will only be pumped from well #2, which supplies the largest amount of water of the three wells. If it turns out that well #2 alone does not supply a sufficient amount of water, then the other two wells will be connected, as well.
 
During the pump’s installation, local TV journalists will be invited to make a news report on the project. There will be a 6-month post-installation survey, which will include calculate saved costs, updates on pump's energy efficiency; measure how much water is being pumped into town, etc. There will also be a follow-up survey after one year. These surveys will be written by and distributed by the PCV and the Energy Manager and completed  by the Director of Apa Canal. The pump will be monitored every 6 months to ensure that it is functioning properly.Taraclia Pump
     

Project Impact:

13,500 people will have reliable and continuous access to water due to this project.

The installation of a modern pump will reduce possibility of water supply blockage and ensure that people have access to water. The high-quality modern pump will eliminate the need to change or replace equipment up to two times per year and reduce Apa Canal’s expenditures and alleviate the company’s cost burden. Lastly, a modern pump, with an 8 to 10-year lifespan, will not require repairs or maintenance during this time.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project:

Miki Lendenmann, member of National Peace Corps Association

Monitoring and Maintenance:

The Director of the water supply company will be responsible for its installation, and city council’s Energy Manager and the Peace Corps Volunteer will help oversee the project. After the pump is installed, the Director of the water supplier will host a Q&A discussion about the problems with the water supply on an online local TV show, NTS. The Director will inform the public about the project and how it will make progress in improving the town’s water supply. Furthermore, people will be able to call in  questions or concerns about the project or the water supply in general.

Comments:

     Capacity Building
      For the educational component, there will be an online discussion about the project and the town's water supply on a local TV show, NTS. The Director of the company will inform the public about the modern pump project and have a Q&A about the company's progress in improving the Taraclia Pumpefficiency and security of the town's water supply. People will be able to call in with questions and concerns about the water supply. Moreover, the implementation of  new technologies will help improve the knowledge and skills of the company’s staff because they will learn how to work with modern equipment.
 
      Sustainability
      The installation of a modern water pump in and of itself is not sustainable because eventually the water pump will require maintenance and repairs. However, the modern pump will be more cost effective for the water supplier and a more sustainable method of supplying water to the town than the current status quo. Currently, pumps are changed about once or twice per year and during this time wells are cleaned due to silting. This temporarily interrupts the water supply in various parts of the town. The expected lifespan of a modern pump, in contrast, is about 8 to 10 years, meaning that pumps will not need to be changed, wells will not need to cleaned, and therefore, the water supply will not be interrupted during this time. The water supplier company will be responsible for any and all necessary repairs.

Dollar Amount of Project
$4,900

Donations Collected to Date
$600

Dollar Amount Needed
$4,300

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

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Michael the Brave School Hygiene Project – Moldova

Michael the Brave School Hygiene Project – Moldova
Location
Cazangic, Raion Leova, Moldova

Community Description
Cazangic is a small farming community in the southern region of Moldova. It is part of a larger commune made up of 3 small villages including Frumusica and Seleste. The total population between the three villages is approximately 1,800.

Much of the population works abroad so population figures in Moldova are hard to estimate. On paper, the grade school has a total of 418 students, but that fluctuates due to the Roma students (the derogatory word is Gypsy) that often come to school only part time.

You can see a Google Satellite view of the village here: http://tinyurl.com/cazangic

Michael the Brave School Hygiene Project – MoldovaIn a project completed last year, hot water was brought to the cantina at the school. This inspired the local PTO to put together a committee to refurbish the gymnasium. Part of that refurbishment is to restore the locker room area which is currently a storage room for the gym equipment. The Soviets built a small studio sized room which contains a shower area as well storage room for changing. Like most Soviet infrastructure in the town, it has fallen into severe disrepair.

Project Description
This project is to create a facility to enable the students to practice good hygiene. Two showers will be installed, and connected to a new large water heater. Two small locker rooms will be built, one for boys and one for girls.

The town will clean and refurbish the existing room and then install all new plumbing and fixtures.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the hot water boiler, piping, fittings, and fixtures.

Michael the Brave School Hygiene Project – MoldovaAll of the labor will be donated by volunteers, including for the electrical and plumbing work. There are many people in the community with the requisite skills.

Project Impact
418 children will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Tom Reade

Comments
The project will result in a place at the school for students who may not have proper facilities at home to take showers. Improved hygiene will benefit the health and wellbeing of the students.

Tom previously completed the Cazangic Water Project - Moldova.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$205.00

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Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$350.00

 

 

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

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Ștefănești Kindergarten Water Project - Moldova

Ștefănești Kindergarten Water Project - Moldova

Ștefănești Kindergarten Water Project - MoldovaLocation
Village of Ștefănești, District of Florești, Moldova

Community Description
Ștefănești is a small village in northern Moldova. It is a progressive village that provides schooling and boarding to youth from neighboring villages without schools of their own. The village also maintains a public library, kindergarten, and community medical center.

The recorded population of Ștefănești is 2,480 but approximately 400 of those recorded residents have left the village in search of work in other cities or countries. Two hundred and sixty of those 400 migrants have left behind children to be cared for by family or other community members.

The village kindergarten is under new direction and taking on new development projects to ensure the health, education, and wellbeing of the 60 children in average attendance. The kindergarten caters to children between the ages of 2-6 but only 36% of eligible children attend the kindergarten on a regular basis. Efforts to increase attendance include development of an outdoor playground, an indoor playroom for use during inclement weather, improving water quality, providing healthier meals, and more structured educational programs.

In addition to development strategies at the kindergarten, several water sanitation projects are in the planning phase. None of the public facilities, and very few homes in Ștefănești, currently offer potable water for washing, drinking, or preparing food. This has caused a high prevalence of Hepatitis A among community members, particularly among children. Children often miss significant amounts of time at school and kindergarten due to illnesses that could be prevented by providing sanitary water.

A certified specialists was brought into the village by the mayor to test the quality of the water. The levels of ammonia, hardness, dry residue, and fluoride did not meet the acceptable levels approved by the Moldovan government's health standards. The specialist noted that consuming the water in the village can lead to digestive, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular disorders as well as urinary infections. Children, the elderly, and those who are chronically ill or pregnant are at increased risk for illness. The specialist advised the mayor to posts signs at all water sources, noting that the water is not to be used for drinking or cooking.

The kindergarten currently has running water to two restrooms, two kitchenette areas, and one full kitchen. The water provided is not heated or filtered and therefore unsanitary for hand washing, drinking, food preparation, and cleaning.

Project Description
This project is to provide filters to the two kitchenettes and the full kitchen to ensure that potable water is provided for drinking and food preparation.

The project will also provide hot water heaters to the two restrooms as well as the two kitchenette areas to ensure sanitation through proper and thorough hand washing. Hot water is also necessary to ensure that the cleaning staff is effectively cleaning and killing bacteria.

Ștefănești Kindergarten Water Project - Moldova

Only minor piping will be involved in order to connect the filters and water heaters to the existing sinks. The mayor's office will contribute funding for all necessary piping.

 

A specialist will be hired to ensure the correct installation of the equipment. Any minor labor will be provided by parents of the children.

The project will be carried out in stages. The first priority is to install the filters in the kitchen so that children are receiving potable drinking water and food prepared with potable drinking water. Filters in secondary drink preparation areas will be the next priority, followed by the hot water heaters.

Children's seminars will be provided to teach children about the importance of proper hand washing and elementary food sanitation practices.

After the completion of this project, a future project in the planning stage is to bring running water to the community medical center which currently has no running water for hand washing and no bathroom facilities.

Project Impact
164 children and 8 employees will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jessica Wuyek

Comments
Installing water filters will ensure that the food and drinks given to children are free of contaminants. The water heaters will ensure that children are able to wash their hands with hot water and will reduce infectious diseases, spread among the kindergarten as a result of poor sanitation and personal hygiene.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

This project has been closed.  We appreciate the donations from friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica Wuyek.

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Izvoare Kindergarten Water Project - Moldova

Lyndsey Rozzi - Moldova
Location
Izvoare, Falesti, Moldova

Community Description
Izvoare is a small village in western Moldova in the district of Falesti. Izvoare translates to springs, referring to the abundance of natural springs and lakes that surround the area. The village sits atop a hill providing a breathtaking view of the lakes, rolling fields and surrounding villages.

Lyndsey Rozzi - Moldova

The recorded population of Izvoare is 2,500 but as is common in Moldovan villages it is actually much lower due to working-age residents leaving the community and their children to search for jobs in cities or other countries. This creates a dynamic of aging residents left to raise their grandchildren.

The kindergarten in the village provides the children with a place to learn and grow as well as two meals per day. It was built in 1980 and has undergone only one major repair since. The families of the children attending the kindergarten along with the 22 employees have proven to be committed to making it a proper place to support the needs of the children.

In 2007, they contributed funds and in kind donations to help build a new roof. However, as economic struggles continue to plague the village, the kindergarten continues to deteriorate.

There are 174 children between the ages 3 and 6 living in Izvoare with only 89 of them currently enrolled in the kindergarten. The poor conditions of the latrines and the lack of basic hygienic needs often cause the families to keep the children home in order to keep them from becoming ill. This causes more work and stress for the grandparents, while it denies the children access to early education and positive social interactions with other children. The latrines are full and must be manually emptied causing major health concerns.

Currently there are plastic bins nailed to the wall that are manually filled with water and used for hand washing. An attempt was made in 1990 to bring running water to the building but the project fell through because of a lack of funding and was never completed.

Project Description
The project will provide running water to the kindergarten, which will enable adequate sanitation and hygiene.

The water supply consists of a well and a basin located behind the building. A trench 100 meters long and 1 meter deep will be dug from the well to the location of the bathroom.

Lyndsey Rozzi - MoldovaA new water closet will be installed. A sink and faucet that were previously installed are in working condition and will be used in the project.

Project funds will be used to purchase 100 meters of cable and piping as well as 20 industrial fasteners. In addition, an electric vacuum pump will be used to extract the water.

The labor will be provided by local community members, including a specialist.

Although the water will not initially be potable, a follow-up project is envisioned by the school to install a filter so that the water can be used for drinking. Also planned for the future is a drainage system and toilets to remedy the situation of the poor condition of the outdoor latrines.

Project Impact
89 children and 22 employees will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Lyndsey Rozzi

Comments
Bringing running water to the building will be the first step toward creating healthy, complete, indoor facilities for the children.

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, with help from friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Lyndsey Rozzi.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Lyndsey of your donation. Additional funds will go toward projects in the country of service.

 

 

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

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Bolduresti Ecology Club Ave Terra Protected Spring Project - Moldova

Bolduresti Ecology Club Ave Terra Protected Spring Project - Moldova
Location
Bolduresti Village, Nisporeni District, Republic of Moldova

Community Description
Bolduresti is a rural Moldovan village with just over 4,200 residents. It is located in the Nisporeni District in Western Moldova, right on the Prut River, which forms Moldova's border with Romania. Members of the village are generally hard working and traditional.

The community's economy is heavily based on agriculture, with nearly all of the agricultural operations being small and locally owned. Outside of agriculture the largest employment sectors are local public administration and education.

In 2009 a small group of environmentally-minded citizens in Bolduresti organized an NGO named Ave Terra. They partnered with

Bolduresti Ecology Club Ave Terra Protected Spring Project - Moldova

 the local high school to create an ecology club. One of the first activities of the NGO and club was to partner with a French NGO which helped train the involved students on environmentally sustainable ways to live.

As part of this training, the team tested approximately 100 water sources (wells and springs) throughout the community. Unfortunately they found that a majority of the sources were contaminated with various harmful compounds.

One of the main sources of contamination is agricultural, animal, and household wastes being disposed of in the vicinity of the water source. Of the sources tested there is one spring used by 39 different households that has particularly good water. Currently this spring is simply a metal pipe extending from the hillside that creates a muddy pool which tends to attract animals and trash.

Project Description
In order to protect the spring and secure the safety of those families that rely on its water, the ecology club will develop the spring to eliminate exposure to contamination.

With labor donated by skilled community members, and material transportation donated by the local mayor's office, a small trough will be created to contain water from the spring, cover the spring and trough to prevent contamination, install a new pipe, install rock and sand around the spring, and finally pour a small amount of cement to help maintain cleanliness.

Water Charity funds will be used to procure materials with which to improve and protect the spring.

Bolduresti Ecology Club Ave Terra Protected Spring Project - MoldovaAs part of the project the ecology club students will visit each household that relies on the spring to help educate them about the need for maintaining clean water and a clean environment, and teach methods to achieve same. Additionally they will use this project as an example to help promote future education in the community.

Project Impact
110 people will benefit from this project, including those living in households using the well, students, and NGO management.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Curtis Adams and Brittany Hill

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project for the community. It will improve the health and wellbeing of all the residents.

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 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 Volunteers Curtis Adams and Brittany Hill of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Curtis and Brittany 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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Svetlii School Bathroom Project - Moldova

Svetlii School Bathroom Project - Moldova

Location
Svetlii, Comrat Raion, Semi-Autonomous State of Gaguzia, Moldova

Community DescriptionSvetlii School Bathroom Project - MoldovaSvetlii is a small village located in southern Moldova. It is part of the raion of Comrat, and is located in the semi-autonomous region of Gagauzia.

Svetlii is located on a major highway that links Chisinau to the south of Moldova and receives frequent thru-traffic. Its population is 2,066, but a large portion of the population at any given time is working abroad, primarily in Russia and Turkey, to send remittances home.

The village is home to one agricultural college, one primary and high school, a small health clinic, two kindergartens, and a few small convenience stores and one bar, as well as an Orthodox and a Baptist church.

Russian is the primary language spoken, in addition to a mixture of Bulgarian, Gagauzian, and Romanian in the region. The major employers are the school, college, and local agriculture.

Svetlii School serves 320 students in the 1st to 12th grades from the Svetlii village and two neighboring villages. Many students have family members working abroad, and in some cases students take care of themselves at home or are in the care of grandparents.

The student initiative group, “Step Forward” is actively involved in improving the wellbeing of their peers. Last year they created a health campaign about the harms of smoking and alcohol. This year, the students continue their health focus and peer-to-peer education.

The bathrooms indoors have not been working for many years and this situation at the school requires that students and staff use the toilets outside that are 100 meters from the school. In the winter children often do not give special attention to the weather, and go out of doors improperly dressed.

Svetlii School Bathroom Project - MoldovaThe students conducted research on hand washing and found that a significant number of students do not wash their hands due to the fact that there are no sinks in the bathrooms, and also because of lack of soap. Unwashed hands lead to poor personal hygiene and combined these reasons lead to an increase in diseases, including diseases of urological system and infectious diseases.

The school is undertaking a reconstruction of the bathrooms and sewage lines on the first floor of the school.

Project Description
This project is an integral part of the Svetlii School project to reconstruct the boys bathroom, the girls bathrooms and a separate staff bathroom.

This project includes:

 

  • Removing all eroding materials, pipes, and tiles in the bathroom.
  • Installing new tiling on the floors.
  • Installing three new sinks, faucets, and piping in the girls, boys, and teachers bathrooms.
  • Installing soap dispensers and paper towel holders above each sink.

Water Charity funds will be used for fixtures, including sinks, and materials, including piping.

A local contractor is working with the Parents and Teachers Association to do the construction work.

During the construction, “Step Forward” will facilitate peer-to-peer hygiene and hand washing lessons to students in all classes. They are also organizing a sustainable soap collection with the Parents and Teachers Association. They have already collected money for the soap dispensers and paper towel holders through community fundraisers.

Parents will be involved in a hygiene training put on by "Step Forward" members and the Parents and Teachers Association.

Project Impact
320 students and 50 staff members will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Natalie Rooks

Comments
This project will resolve a number of hygiene problems at the school, and will result in an improvement of the health of students and staff.

Natalie previously completed the Svetlii Kindergarten Water Filter Project – Moldova.

Dollar Amount of Project
$550.00

Donations Collected to Date
$275.00

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Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$275.00

 

 

This project has been completed.  To see the results, CLICK HERE.

 

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Ciuciuleni Medical Center Well Project - Moldova

Ciuciuleni Medical Center Well Project - Moldova

Location
Village Ciuciuleni, Hincesti District, Moldova

Community Description
Lying within a valley, Ciuciuleni is one of the largest villages in Moldova, and has an approximate population of 4,500. The village consists primarily of farmers and laborers whose only dependable form of income is the profits they reap from their Fall harvests. The only salaried workers in Ciuciuleni are those who work at the Mayor’s Office, School, Kindergarten, and 5 convenience stores.

Bleak work opportunities for young adults has resulted in an exodus of youths, who leave home in search better prospects for work in the city or abroad. As a result of this mass departure of young adults, Ciuciuleni is demographically polarized, with a large aging population and a large child population.

Ciuciuleni Medical Center Well Project - Moldova The health problems in Ciuciuleni are same as those endemic to the region. In the older population there are high rates of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Among children there are high rates of gastrointestinal illnesses, asthma, and skin disorders.

Serving the health needs of the community is the Ciuciuleni Medical Center which rests on the hillside overlooking the northwestern part of the village. There you will find a dedicated work staff of 8 nurses and a doctor, who work in modest conditions.

The medical center has a well, but it has almost dried up, and does not supply a sufficient amount of water to meet the needs of the center.

Project Description
This project is to build a well for the medical center.

Construction already began at a site in front of the medical center, but was halted due to insufficient funds.

Ciuciuleni Medical Center Well Project - Moldova Project funds will be used to build an enclosure for the well. The remainder of the work requires the trucking in of one ton of cement, one ton of gravel stones, 2 cubic meters of sand, iron tubing, and sheet metal.

The Mayor’s office donated concrete rings for the well. The medical staff has personally funded the work to date, with a $570.00 donation.

The work is to be performed by 3 members of the community who have experience with this type of work.

In addition to providing a reliable water source, the site will serve as a location for patients to rest in the shade and refresh themselves after what can be arduous journey to reach the Medical Center.

Project Impact
4,000 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Adam Troy

Comments
Having adequate water is imperative to the functioning of Ciuciuleni’s medical center. The new well will not only serve to provide an abundant supply of water to the center but will also serve people living in the surrounding areas.

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 the Elmo Foundation.

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