Arvikheer School Filter Project – Mongolia

Arvikheer City, Uvurkhangai Aimag, Mongolia

Community Description
Arvikheer Soum has a growing population of about 25, 000 people.

In Mongolia, Aimags are the first-level administrative subdivision (Provinces). Each Aimag is again subdivided into Sums (Districts).

Secondary School Number One of Arvikheer Soum, Uvurkhangai Aimag has a student body of 2,500. It is the oldest school in Uvurkhangai and enjoys an 84 year history. The school is a leader and model school for the surrounding area, and is the cultural center of the Aimag.

Project Description
This project is to buy a water purifier system for each classroom to provide clean drinking water for students and teachers. The filters are necessary because the water that comes out of the existing water fountains in the school is not drinkable

43 filters will be purchased and one placed in each of the classrooms. The filters will be managed and maintained by the classroom teachers and students.

The filters are of a technology that is well known and widely used throughout the country. They use electricity to boil the water, which is then filtered. This solution works well, as electric power in the town is fairly consistent.

A whole-school filter system was considered, but the cost would have been prohibitive.

Project Impact
2,500 students and 100 teachers will directly benefit from access to clean water in the school.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Esayas Wureta

A solution to the problem of achieving clean water for a school is always dependent on the individual circumstances that exist in the specific location. This is an example of achieving a good result of clean water in a situation where cost makes this project the only realistic alternative.

The large population using these filters makes this a very high-impact project. Safe water for 2,500 students is achieved for a project cost of $500. That comes out 20 cents ($0.20 US) per student!

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Steve & Heather, Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada. (Heather is the daughter of Jacqueline Chan, Executive Director of Water Charity.)

Although this project is fully funded, we encourage you to continue to donate using the Donate button below. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Peace Corps Volunteer Esayas Wureta and/or those of his counterpart PCVs in Mongolia.

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