Svetlii Kindergarten Water Filter Project – Moldova

Svetlii, Comrat raion, a semi-autonomous region of Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova

Community Description
Svetlii is a small village located in southern Moldova. It is part of the raion of Comrat, and is located in the semi-autonomous region of Gagauzia.

 Russian is the primary language spoken, in addition to a mixture of Bulgarian, Gagauzian, and Romanian in the region. The major employers are the schools, college, and local agriculture.

Svetlii’s population is 2,066, but a large portion of the population at any given time is working abroad, primarily in Russia and Turkey, to send remittances home. The village is home to one agricultural college, one primary and high school, a small health clinic, two kindergartens, and a few small convenience stores and one bar, as well as an Orthodox and a Baptist church. Svetlii is located on a major highway that links Chisinau to the south of Moldova and receives frequent thru-traffic.

Currently, the village is undergoing an overhaul in the underground pipe system, which will result in running water being brought to the second-half of the village. However, a recent water analysis describes the water as not meeting sanitary norms by the government, with high levels of ammonia, chlorine, and dry residues.

Currently, there are 50 children, ages 2 to 6 that attend the kindergarten. This year an additional class will be held in the kindergarten, bringing the total number to 75. They are served lunches and snacks for which the cooks have to boil all the water, which is a time-consuming and inconvenient task.

Project Description
This project is to install a water filter in the kindergarten kitchen.

The water filter will be installed next to the kitchen sink, which is used for cooking and drinking water. The system uses a two-process filtration system. The first is a pre-filter, and the second filter uses a multi-stage reverse osmosis system. The filtration will remove up to 99% of contaminants, including the high levels of chlorine, dry residues, and ammonia.

Project funds will be used to purchase the filter system. As part of the all-inclusive price, a local firm will deliver, install, and maintain the filter, which will be guaranteed for 10 years.

The mayor’s office of Svetlii will purchase additional cartridges as needed.

Project Impact
75 children and 15 staff members will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Natalie Rooks

This project results in the removal of contaminants from water used for drinking and cooking at the kindergarten. It will improve the health and well-being of the children, and also will add to the effectiveness of the staff in serving the needs of the kids.

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 Natalie Rooks of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Natalie and/or those other PCVs in the country of service.

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