Recovering some Water and Sanitation History

What kinds of water and sanitation projects has the Peace Corps done in Kyrgyzstan?

Could we do more of them?

Should we do more of them?

How would we do more of them?

These are the kinds of things I’ve been wondering about, but as of now most of the answers are pretty vague and inaccessible.  As for that first one though – “What kinds of water and sanitation projects has the Peace Corps done in Kyrgyzstan?” – I was able to get a hold of most of the picture this week.

Tucked away in a dark corner in the dusty recesses of the Peace Corps office is a filing cabinet.  In this filing cabinet are hard copies of every grant application submitted by Volunteers in Kyrgyzstan.  The vast majority of them are for books, equipment, or trainings, but there are a few gems in there submitted to support water and sanitation related projects all over the country.  On Monday, I had the distinct privilege of digging through the mountains of files to find those projects.  It was basically the same thing as Gandalf going through ancient texts in the Minas Tirith Library for information on the One Ring – except with more coffee.  And less facial hair.

Fortunately for you, you can benefit from my ten caffeinated hours with a short summary:

Peace Corps  Volunteers have done fifteen water/sanitation projects in Kyrgyzstan including 7 improved bathroom projects, 6 sink installation projects, and 2 well construction projects in 5 of Kyrgyzstan’s 7 Oblasts. 

So that’s a start.

Next thing to find out is how successful those projects were.  I’ll let you know the answer to that one when I know it.

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