Guria Youth Resource Center Bathroom Project – Georgia

Ozurgeti, Guria, Georgia

Community Description
Guria is a region in Western Georgia located near the Black Sea, and is comprised of several small villages and the regional capital of Ozurgeti. The Guria region suffers from exceedingly high unemployment resulting largely in the economic depression of the entire area. Currently almost all of the factories in the region that at one point in time were profitable are now shut down.

The available education is of low quality, and those students who do receive adequate education leave the region to find work elsewhere.

The town of Ozurgeti does not have a permanent water supply. Sometimes there is only water in the morning or at night, and other times none at all.

Community members from all over the region use the services offered at the Guria Youth Resource Center, a local community center with the mission to support education, professional development, and active citizenship of youth and other community members in the area. The services currently provided by the resource center are English language courses, computer classes, volunteerism development, and civic education and training. The Guria Youth Resource Center also gives local community members access to a library and an Internet Café. At least 200 community members use the resource center monthly.

The bathroom facilities located at the Guria Youth Resource Center are not suitable for the use of children and other community members. Most days the toilet cannot flush because the water tank does not work properly.

The window has broken glass and does not close, and during the winter months the bathroom is unbearably cold. The facilities themselves are unsanitary and there is not even a working door to offer any privacy for the bathroom.

Project Description
This project is to repair and upgrade the bathroom and install a water tank at the Guria Youth Resource Center.

A 500 liter plastic water tank will be placed on the roof of the bathroom. The roof is concrete and will serve as a stable level base.

A water pump, previously installed by the organization, is located next to the latrine. The pump creates sufficient pressure for the water to reach the second floor, where the community center is located, and the roof where, the new water tank will be installed.

Plastic piping will connect the pump to the tank. A downpipe will also be installed along the exterior of the wall from the tank to the toilet bowl and the latrine.

The budget also includes the purchase of locks for the doors so that visitors to the center may use the bathroom privately. A window will also be purchased and installed. Project funds will be used to purchase all materials, which will be acquired.

The work will be done by local community members.

Project Impact
200 community members will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Rachael Evarts

Comments With a large water tank there will be water readily available to meet the sanitation needs. Other improvements will make the bathroom more usable, especially in the winter.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Stanley Zylowski of Alexandria, VA, USA.

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

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