Leli Community Center Pump Project – Georgia

Village Leliani, Lagodekhi’s Municipality, Georgia

Community Description
Leliani is a small agrarian village (population 2,000) located in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. The village is situated near the Azerbaijani border, and is a multi-ethnic village with ethnic Georgians and Ossetians living together.

“Leli” is an NGO and community-based organization with the strategic goal of providing non-formal education to people living in the rural areas of Kakheti, specifically youth and women, that supports the integration of ethnic minorities living in the area and increases the community’s awareness of civil society development.

The organization’s strategic objectives that advance its mission are:

  1. To provide the community, especially women and young people, with information and non-formal education promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
  2. To foster and nurture an environment for the social and cultural integration of ethnic minorities groups living in the area.
  3. To inform the community of their rights and help protect those rights.

The current water system that services the multi-use building and its occupants was designed and implemented during the Soviet era. The system includes a well, electric water pump, a large holding tank (2,000 liters) situated approximately 15 meters above ground, and a septic tank, where the waste is stored and then removed by truck.

The water is pumped from the well into the holding tank using the electric motor. The occupants of the building then use the water as needed on demand for various bathrooms, handwashing stations, and kitchen/food preparation stations.

In late 2011, the electric motor that pumps the water to the holding tank failed, and is now beyond repair.

Project Description
This project is to install a new pump, as well as repair the extremely dilapidated structure protecting the pump.

The work will be completed by a local plumber, and an electrician who lives in the village and has been active in working with the implementing organization with other community projects.

Project funds will pay for the pump and installation, as well as for cement, sand, gravel, and the door.

Since the pump is located in the rear of the schoolyard of the nursery/kindergarten, project funds will also be used for a lockable door, so that children cannot wander into the pump area. The repair of the structure around the pump will also ensure the sustainability of the project by increasing the useful life of the pump and water system for the building.

Volunteers will assist with the construction of the room for the pump and the installation of the door.

Project Impact
Approximately 400 community members rely on the water system to access clean water and for sanitation purposes. Specifically, this number includes:

  1. Over 300 people who use the NGO “Leli” community center which serves through events, trainings, and other community events.
  2. Leliani’s village nursery and kindergarten which currently supports approximately 40 children.
  3. Leliani’s village music school that includes 5 music teachers and approximately 50 music students.
  4. One family was displaced by the Abkhazia war including a father, mother and three children.  This family uses a few unoccupied rooms as its living quarters while trying to find more permanent housing in the village.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kamran Beikmohamadi

This project restores a reliable supply of safe water to an organization providing vital services to the community.

Kamran previously successfully completed the Leli 1 Community Center Bathroom Project – Georgia.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has 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 Peace Corps Volunteer Kamran Beikmohamadi of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Kamran and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

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