On the night of November 3, 2010, a severe earthquake damaged large sections of the city of Kraljevo. Kraljevo is in the center of Serbia and is home to about 100,000 residents. The earthquake affected many schools. Some of the school buildings had to be closed.
The condition of the school system infrastructure in Kraljevo was already critical before the earthquake due to an influx of refugees into the region in the 1990s during the war in Yugoslavia. The earthquake only aggravated the situation. Many schools had now to tackle the renovation of their buildings, including the two elementary schools, School IV kraljevacki bataljon and Svetozar Markovic, with a combined student body of 2,000 and 120 teachers.
The seven sanitary facilities in both schools had to be completely renovated. Geberit planned and carried out the renovation and provided new fittings in the form of 20 WCs, 11 urinals and 18 washbasins. The project was submitted by Geberit Belgrade (RS). Together with local authorities and a planning partner, colleagues in Serbia moved the project forward. In addition, Geberit employees from Switzerland and Germany provided technical support for the project. At the end of June 2011 a Geberit Team of eleven persons spent two weeks on site to carry out the renovation work.