To install a bank of renewable energy (solar voltaic) water heaters on the roof of the Mirim School and to provide a year's supply of handwashing soap and instructional materials for the children about the importance of handwashing for disease prevention.
Mirim school has two three-storey school buildings with the total floor space of 3200 m2, and boarding houses with the total floor space of 2800 m2. There are 550 orphaned school children, (300 boys and 250 girls) living in the dormitories of the school. 250 Primary school students (7-10 years), 150 Junior middle school (11-13 years) and 150 Senior middle school (14-16 years). There are 180 staff looking after them. Currently, water for cooking, cleaning and bathing is heated using coal which is not only expensive but also pollutes the environment.
Read more about the extent of the need for WASH in the DPRK on the UN theme group: http://kp.one.un.org/theme-groups/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-wash/
We will purchase and install 2 lanes of 12 solar energy water heaters each plus 4 water storage tanks and supporting equipment and we will provide a year’s supply of toilet soap.
The solar technology will be purchased from a local manufacturer in Pyongyang that will send staff for installation and setup and provide after sales technical service and support.
Toilet soap will be purchased from a local factory run by disabled people. We will also produce pamphlets on personal hygiene for the staff at the orphanage to teach children about the importance of handwashing to prevent disease.
Read more background about Rotary projects in the DPRK here.