Molodogvardeysk School Seven Handwashing Station Project – Ukraine

Molodogvardesyk, Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine

Community Description
The town of Molodogvardeysk is situated in the eastern oblast of Luhansk, Ukraine about 15 kilometers from the Ukrainian/Russian border.

Molodogvardeysk was founded in the early 1950’s. The town’s 25,000 residents are primarily involved with the mining industry in the area, which supports the economy. There are three large mines all within 15 kilometers of the town.

 The landscape is one of steppes: the winters are extremely cold and the summers are muggy. There is an open-air market located in the center of town which operates year round. Locals live a simple life and are usually congregating in the market to
talk about the latest town news.

Consistent access to water is a major problem for the residents of Molodogvardeysk, as there is no natural water supply in the area. For most of the year the water is only on for six hours every day, three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening. Thus, people are forced to store water in large jugs, stashing them throughout their apartments.

At the three local schools, consistent access to running water for sanitary purposes is a major problem.

Molodogvardeysk School Seven is 56 years old and has 450 students. It has no handwashing facilities for children to wash their hands before eating.

Project Description
This project is to install a water storage tank, handwashing station, and related piping and fixtures at the school.

A 600 liter plastic water tank will be installed in the kitchen of the cafeteria.

PVC piping will be run a distance of 30 yards to a set of new sinks, which will be accessible for the children to wash their hands. The existing drainage system will be used.

A pump will be installed to transport the water from the tank to the sinks.

The school has two older handymen, who are the main plumbers and carpenters, who will make the purchases and perform the installation. Along with the women who work in the school cafeteria, they will also be responsible for continuing maintenance.

Project Impact
450 students, 40 teachers, and 7 staff members will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kip Madden

The project will create the opportunity for students to wash their hands before eating, and thereby prevent the many health problems associated with poor hygiene.

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 Peace Corps Volunteer Kip Madden of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Kip 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.