The WASH Technical Assessment field visits revealed that the Avranlo Public School in Tsalka Municipality had a problem with a poorly-functioning toilet, as well as an illegal dumpsite on the school’s premises. As the school’s fence was demolished, the yard was unprotected from livestock polluting the school’s territory and the local population using an area on the school’s premises as an illegal dumpsite. This has gone on for more than 20 years without formidable action.
The school administration had to resolve the aforementioned problems itself. The situation was worsened by the fact that there were no trash bins located at the school or in the village. The school’s administration was forced to dispose of the trash in Tsalka Municipality.
Within the project, Georgia Community WASH Initiative to Eliminate Inequalities in Access to Water and Sanitation in Vulnerable Multi-Ethnic Rural Communities, the local municipality, community leaders and the infrastructure agency got involved in order to solve the aforementioned problems. The response was swift; the Communal Service cleaned up Avranlo Public School ‘s yard as well as the illegal dumpsite, and the infrastructural agency is planning to fill up the dumpsite’s hole so it can’t be used again. In addition, the school’s terrritory is being measured to install fences and the village plans to receive trash bins.
The project, Georgia Community WASH Initiative to Eliminate Inequalities in Access to Water and Sanitation in Vulnerable Multi-Ethnic Rural Communities, is financed by the New World Program, which is facilitated by the Global Water Challenge (GWC) in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) and implemented by CENN.
The project aims to improve WASH conditions for the target groups (multi-ethnic, vulnerable communities) in Kvemo Kartli Municipalities of Dmanisi, Tsalka, Marneuli and Tetritskaro, through lobbying, raising awareness among stakeholders and implementing projects.