Hope Children’s Center Filter Project – Ukraine

Lubny, Poltavsk’a Oblast, Ukraine

Community Description
Poltavsk’a Oblast is situated in the central part of Ukraine. Lubny is reputed to be one of the oldest cities in Ukraine, and today it is a large industrial and cultural center.

Hope Children’s Center is an orphanage for street children in the outskirts of Lubny. The orphanage has the capacity to serve 25 children ages 4-17. Its goal is to rehabilitate children holistically, seeking to provide not only food, safety, and support, but also more individualized care and assistance to become leaders and contributing members of society.

Common waterborne illnesses such as parasites and amoebas plague the city water supply, rendering tap water unusable without boiling it. However, boiling water further condenses long-term harmful substances.

In a recent tap water test at the center, it was found to contain a great number of toxins, including excess nitrates, magnesium, and other harmful chemicals that have been proven to cause problems with both teeth and bones.

Project Description
This project is to provide a reverse osmosis water filtration system and dispenser in the orphanage kitchen.

The filtration system technology will link directly into the water pipes and will plug into an outlet in the kitchen’s wall. It will utilize 5 stages of filtration to clean water of 92-99% of all contaminants.

The first stage (sediment cartridge) will filter out sand, rust, mud, and sediment. The second stage (granular active carbon cartridge) will remove bad smells as well as filtering chlorine and organic sediments out of the water. The third filter stage (blocking active carbon cartridge) will filter suspended particles. The next, (RO membrane) will remove bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, salts, and other harmful substances. The last filter stage (in-line post-active carbon cartridge) will adjust the pure water taste, keeping the water fresh.

The filter will provide consistently clean hot and cold water. It has the capacity to provide the 45 daily recipients with the suggested daily intake of 2 liters of water each.

The clean water filtration system will be purchased by the director of the orphanage and the PCV through a local vendor in the city using Water Charity funds.

A local businessman has pledged to provide the remainder of the amount needed to complete the project.

The installation will be done by the vendor. The system is guaranteed, and 5 years of service are included.

Project Impact
25 orphaned children, 5 full-time staff, and 15 volunteers will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Abby Anderson

This project will provide the orphanage with vital clean, safe drinking water for many years to come. It will have a great impact on the health and well-being of all those at the center.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date


Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you “naming rights”, if that is something you would like.

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

Dollar Amount Needed

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