Rustavi School #5 Water and Sanitation Project – Georgia

Rustavi, Kvemo Kartli Region, Republic of Georgia

Community Description

The community served by this project is Public School #5 in the city of Rustavi. Rustavi is located in the southeast of Georgia and is the country’s 4th largest city, with a population of approximately 115,000.

During the Soviet period, the city was a major industrial hub, but since independence, most of the factories have closed and the city suffers from high unemployment and economic depression.

School #5 is located in the 17th micro-district of Rustavi, one of the most underserved in the city. The school has approximately 1,000 students from grades 1-12 and 87 teachers. The school’s sports hall serves as a center for after-school dance groups and sports teams (basketball, soccer, and volleyball) from surrounding micro-districts.

The sports hall is a separate building behind the school and houses the gym and dance hall. Students from all grades use the sports hall several times a week when they attend physical education classes. Other students from surrounding neighborhoods also come to the sports hall to participate in after-school activities.

Project Description
This project is to bring running water to the sports hall of Rustavi School #5, and also to restore two existing squat toilets to functionality. The water will be used for drinking, handwashing, and sanitation.

The main school building has running water on the first level. Water pipes will be extended from the main building to provide water for the sports hall.

Two sinks with taps will be installed, one in the girl’s changing room and one in the boy’s changing room. Soap dispensers and towel holders will also be installed.

The existing squat toilets will be cleaned, repaired, and connected to the water system so as to allow them to be flushed.

The work will be done by a workman at the school and by two of the physical education teachers.

Project funds will pay for 30 meters of water and waste pipes, as well as fixtures and materials.

The community will provide for the labor to complete the project.

Once the work is done, a poster drawing contest will be conducted among 6th graders. The posters, which will be hung in each of the bathrooms, will remind everyone to wash their hands.

Project Impact
1,200 students, including students who attend School #5 as well as students from other schools who come to the sports hall for after-school activities, will benefit from this project. In addition, 87 teachers will benefit.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Peter Hendricks

This important project will bring potable water to the school for use by a large number of students, teachers, and visitors. It utilizes existing infrastructure to enable the work to be accomplished at a modest cost.

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 Peter Hendricks of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Peter 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.