School Qamil Guranjaku Bathroom Project – Albania

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.
This is a project under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world!

School Qamil Guranjaku, City of Elbasan, Region of Elbasan, Albania

Community Description
Elbasan is the fourth largest city in Albania. It has a population around 127,000 people. Elbasan is in the Elbasan region in central Albania.

Problem Addressed
The restrooms in the school Qamil Guranjaku are in need of repair and refurbishment.

Project Description
This project involves replacing twelve Turkish toilets with western toilets, replacing pipes, reconstructing the floor by replacing the concrete, adding a coating of hyperdesmo to protect the concrete from water damage and replacing the tilling on the floor and walls around the sinks. Other than a few power tools all the work will completed by hand.

The proper materials will be purchased. and transported to the school. The floor and walls will be refurbished and the old tile will be replaced with new tile. The twelve Turkish toilets will be replaced with Western toilets. The municipality wants to finish in a three week time frame so that the restrooms will be ready for when school begins in September.

All the labor for the project will be completed by plumber(s) and builder(s) on the municipality’s payroll. The funds provided by Water Charity will be used to purchase the western style toilets and most of the concrete needed for the project. This includes a tax of 20% for the purchase of materials.

The Municipality of Elbasan is the driving force behind the project and has a goal of improving the restrooms in the schools in the city. They have received support from the director of education for the region and the director of the school for this project.

Project Impact
805 people will be affected this school year, with many more people served over the years to come.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Thomas Pyke

Monitoring and Maintenance
The municipality is responsible for the upkeep of the school, and the director of the school is responsible for inspections.

While this is not an official Let Girls Learn project, it does fall into Water Charity’s LGL+ grouping of projects that have a pronounced element involving helping girls go to, and stay in, school, and falls under our 100 Water Projects Program – Albania as well as our larger Let Girls Learn Initiative – Worldwide.

Dollar Amount of Project

This project was determined to be infeasible and was not implemented. There were no donations collected and expenditure of funds.