MIR has launched a new program to meet the technical needs of orphanages and other children’s facilities. MIR staff member Sergei Tovstopyat manages and implements the project.
The essence of the program lies in the fact that our expert goes to the location, determines the most pressing technical needs of the facility and then creates a project of technical solutions for the least expense. Sergei or a team of specialists then implement the technical plan. The main priorities of this program are: heating systems, electrical systems, the supply of hot and cold water, toilets and sewage systems, the work associated with the repair of roof leaks.
Our first project is a correction of the heating system at the Tolmachevo orphanage, which houses 50 children aged 3 to 18 years. The problem is that the radiator heating in this building is hopelessly outdated and almost does not work at all.
The main problem is that the radiators in the middle of the building work well and in the right and the left wing are cold. Sergei has assessed the situation and created a proposal for a technical fix the problem consisting of several stages. Unfortunately, the budget of the orphanage has no funds for such work, so we are looking for sponsors for the solution phases.
- Installation of automatic valves for the venting of air from the system – 7000 rubles ($235)
- Flushing, cleaning existing radiators – 40,000 rubles ($1350)
- Partial replacement of rusted pipes and drain valves – 20,000 rubles ($675)
- Set of 4 circulation pumps to increase water circulation in the system – 30,000 rubles ($1000)
- Delivery/transportation costs 20,000 rubles ($675)
We have already begun and completed the 1st phase and need your support.
The picture above left shows how the orphanage staff would have to vent air from the system manually. The second photo shows project volunteer, Nikolai Boiko (businessman from St. Petersburg) as he installs one of the automatic valves.
In the other photo you can see a newly installed automatic valve.
We replaced 11 new valves in preparation for the next step.
The orphanage staff are inspired by these first steps and hope that by next winter the system will be in full working order.
We thank the volunteers and sponsors volunteered to support this project.
If you’d like to support this ministry, please visit our support page and choose “MIR: Technical” from the drop down menu.