Tibaani Community Celebrates Running Water after Counterpart Completes Reconstruction Project
Sighnaghi District, Tibaani Village, Georgia (August 30, 2011) – On Tuesday, August 30, 2011, Counterpart International celebrated a Small Reconstruction Project (SRP) Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the completed Tibaani village water supply system, which was funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, for a total of $12,000.
Following the Opening Ceremony, Counterpart distributed humanitarian assistance in the form of student desks, chairs and shirts to the Secondary School of Tibaani Village and the Tibaani Soccer School. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Georgia, the Sighnaghi District local administration, Counterpart International and other NGOs were all in attendance at the event.
Counterpart’s reconstruction activities began in May 2011 and included the installation of two new water collectors and surrounding fences, replacement of old pipes and the repair of the water reservoir. Additionally, a small stream with clean potable water was connected to the water supply system. Prior to the program implementation, the Tibaani village community lacked a properly functioning water supply system and experienced constant shortage of running water.
The reconstruction project increases access to potable water for the entire community. Two-hundred new households now have access to this vital resource in their homes and the 500 village households that already had access now have a more reliable indoor water supply.
Counterpart has been working in Georgia since 1995. Through its network of 960 partner organizations, Counterpart has imported and distributed over USD$158 million worth of humanitarian assistance to nearly 2.5 vulnerable Georgians.
Counterpart International helps people build better lives and more durable futures, community by community. For 50 years, Counterpart has been an innovator, changing the way people look at, and solve, global development challenges. This year alone, Counterpart is working with 150,000 leaders – including women and youth – and more than 3,000 local organizations in 25 countries around the world. Learn more at www.counterpart.org.