Cenac Spring Project – Moldova

Village of Cenac, District of Cimişlia, Republic of Moldova

Community Description Cenac is a small, rural village in central Moldova. It is located 14 kilometers down an unpaved road from the district center Cimişlia.

Officially its residents number just over 2,000 people, but as many as a third are living and working overseas. Located in the village is a mayor’s office, a small medical center, three stores and a single school.

Cenac is a place rich in traditions and takes immense pride in its history. However, due to its relative isolation and dependence on seasonal agriculture jobs for employment, the village lacks infrastructure and faces several development challenges.

One of the most pressing challenges in Cenac is access to drinking water. Villagers do not have running water, and nearly half get their cooking and drinking water from a single spring located near the entrance of the village.

Villagers make trips every few days to the spring and fill containers with water. Indeed, Cenac’s only school also depends on water from this spring.

The spring is a ten-year old, roofed structure. Inside, water runs 24 hours a day from a corroded pipe, fed by a source 100 meters underground. Time and the elements have taken their toll on the spring. Mold lines a bench, the piping is rusted, and water damage has warped the floor. Because the water runs continuously, the drain freezes and overflows during the winter. During the summer, conditions are damp and unsanitary.

Project Description
This project is to renovate the spring. Specifically, the supply line piping will be replaced, a spigot with a valve will be installed (to keep water from running continuously), and the floor will be tiled.

Water Charity funds will be used to pay for the new piping, tiles and the spigot.

Under the direction of Vîitorul Cenacului, volunteers from the village will implement the project and provide the labor.

Once these objectives are achieved, local residents have pledged funds as well as their time to make additional improvements to the integrity of the housing structure of the spring and the surrounding environment.

Project Impact
This project will benefit more than 700 residents. Additionally, it will benefit 300 students and 20 teachers.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Matthew Leonard

This is a critical project to ensure a continuous flow of safe water to a large community. It has widespread community support, and sustainability has been integrated into the project plan.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional amounts for future projects

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Matthew Leonard.

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

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