Shelter Plus Bathroom Project – Ukraine

Krivoy Rog, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine

Community Description
Considered to be the main steel industry city of Eastern Europe, Krivoy Rog consists of many social and ecological problems due to its abandoned mines, polluted ore-processing waste and prevalent poverty. Due to these issues, Krivoy Rog is thought by some to be one of the most troublesome cities of Ukraine with rising social problems including drug users, teen pregnancies, and troubled youth.

In response to these conditions, the foundation of Shelter Plus was established in effort to provide charitable, financial, and moral assistance to children, young people and vulnerable populations, spreading the ideas of peace, charity and spiritual values.

About 70-120 teenagers visit the Shelter Plus facility on a daily basis. The immense need is evident during Shelter Plus’s key events, which include various lectures, concerts, shows, and trainings, where participant figures can reach up to 200+.

Currently, the building only holds one working toilet for public use, located directly across the hall from the large auditorium, where the majority of the events take place. This bathroom is in working order but only has one toilet. In the past, during large events, this toilet has become non-functional because it simply cannot fill the needs of 200+ people in a few hours’ time.

Project Description
This project is to rebuild a bathroom to accommodate the needs of the Shelter Plus facility. An existing though non-functional bathroom will be improved by knocking down a wall in the main hallway to create access to the existing facilities.

Two closet basins, two urinals, two washstands, and their piping and connections, will be replaced.

After creating access to the bathroom, the entryway will be repaired using brick/dry wall, and a door will be installed. In addition, small doors will be placed in front of each of the toilets. Dividers near the toilets already exist and will be used to hold these doors.

The current piping from the toilets to the main system will be replaced, as it is very old. This piping, however, is exposed as is most piping in Ukrainian buildings, and should be fairly simple to replace.

There is municipal water service to the building and according to Ukrainian standards it is regular (water shutoff is very common especially in the summertime or during times of extreme drought all over Ukraine). The quality of water passes local standards. However, due to the high amount of mining waste and pollution in the city, it is recommended to drink bottled water or use filtering devices.

This building is connected to the main city’s sewage system.

Project funds will be used for materials and labor. Shelter Plus will match the Appropriate Project commitment to provide the remaining funds necessary to complete the project.

The organization has a large network of volunteers who assist with repair jobs. The husband of one of the volunteers is a professional plumber and will do the work at a discount.

Project Impact
Over the course of a calendar year, about 420 different individuals will benefit from the project, including 150 from Children’s Shelter, 100 from Teen Shelter, 50 local volunteers and staff, and 120 from Football Club (5 soccer teams: men and women’s).

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Cassandra Philp

This project provides proper and adequate sanitary facilities for the community activities carried out in the building. It arose from a basic need of the participants, and has substantial community participation.

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 Cassandra 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.