Smart Water for Green Schools Developments in Ukraine

In January 2013, a new Green Cross International (GCI) coordinated project, “Smart Water for Green Schools“, was launched in Nevgody village, in the Ovruch region, to provide the residents  with access to safe water and sanitation while increasing the environmental awareness of the local communities.

There are 157 households in Nevgody village, made up of 403 people, including 71 children ages newborn to 17. The distinctive feature of the Nevgody village is that it was founded after the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in order to provide housing to the people evacuated from the contaminated areas surrounding the site.

As it stands, existing water treatment facilities in Nevgody village cannot perform their intended functions. As a result, water remains of poor quality.

Through the repair and implementation of a new water supply system, we plan to provide residents of Nevgody village with clean water and the opportunity of improved health.

The support of Green Cross International and the World Water Council, whose main principle is the protection of fundamental human right to the access to clean safe water, have enabled the implementation of the project.

Duration of the project is seven months (from January to July 2013) and during this period Green Cross plans to reconstruct water treatment facilities of Nevgody village and supply households with a rehabilitated water network. The project also provides the construction of dry toilets in the communal school, as well as medical consultations, educational activities, and workshops for the students and inhabitants of Nevgody. These workshops discuss several topics and green practices related to water, sanitation, hygienic practices, and general livelihood.

The project has received active support from the local authorities – Mykola Levkivsky, head of Ovruch Regional State Administration, Mykola Haychuk, first deputy of the head of Administration, Anatoliy Bibko, deputy of the head of the Administration, as well as Anatoliy Demydchuk, head of Nevgody village council. Together, they are willing and ready to participate in the organization and implementation of works under the project which will further help its progress and success.

Through the implementation of this project, residents of Nevgody will be able to access safe-drinking water, improve their health, increase environmental awareness, receive necessary medical consultations, become informed about water and sanitation issues, and share their experiences and newfound knowledge with others.

We invite all those interested to cooperate in our joint project! Using new possibilities and expanding the circle of mutual support we will be able to further develop our programs and projects aimed at providing assistance.

GCI, founded in 1993 by President Mikhail Gorbachev, is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a network of national organizations in around 30 countries.

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