Internat School Water Project – Ukraine

Kirovograd, Kirovograd, Ukraine

Community Description
Kirovograd, located on the Inhul River, is an oblast capital city, located in the center of Ukraine.

The Internat is a school for 358 students. Some of them attend school, some live there during the week and return to their villages for the weekends and the holidays, and about 20 children live there on a permanent basis. The Internat has 160 employees.

The building was constructed 1960 and it is in need of renovation. The toilets for the students are kept as clean as the school is able to keep them, but the water quality in Kirovograd is very bad. Though the city has such poor-quality water, the students have no option but to drink directly from the faucet, to boil water in order to drink it, or to purchase drinking water. As many of the students at the Internat are orphans, purchasing water is not an option.

In addition, the Internat has no hot water heaters. Because of this, students are not able to take hot showers and the Internat is not able to use hot water for sanitary purposes such as in their medical facility, their kitchen, and their laundry room.

Project Description
This project is to install a water filtration system, and also to provide hot water for the kitchen and shower room, for students and employees.

The water filter to be purchased and installed is an Aquafilter Classic FP3-K. It is a three-stage system. The first stage removes “large” contaminants such as rust, sand, silt, and other suspended solids. The second stage removes calcium from the water, and the third stage removes bacteria.

The system is also designed to significantly decrease the level of chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, organic substances, and pesticides from the water. The system is designed to reduce the concentration of dissolved and undissolved irons, heavy metals (arsenic, lead, cadmium) and to reduce the level of water hardness.

The filters can process 8,000 liters of water before they need changing, and the parts that need to be changed are of minimum cost. The water filter will be installed in the medical clinic by employees of the Internat.

The hot water heaters to be purchased and installed are Gorenje brand, model GBF 120. Each has a capacity of 120 L, and comes with a five-year warranty.

One will be placed in the shower room for the students and the second in the kitchen, near the sink, so the kitchen will have access to hot water for washing dishes and filling cleaning buckets.

Project Impact
All 358 students and 160 employees of the Internat will benefit from the access to clean drinking water and hot water for sanitary use.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Karin Jones

This project satisfies a number of health and safety needs for the school by providing clean water and improved facilities for maintaining cleanliness. It has the support of the school, and will have a significant impact on the wellbeing of the students and employees.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

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.

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

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