Dear Friends and Partners,
Greetings from Leyte and may I thank you once again for your generous support to our work. We continue to construct toilets and selecting the really very poor and helpless families. We have a toilet base in Albuera, Leyte and soon we will expand our work to 2 municipalities in Samar which is Marabut and Lawaan. Samar also is hard-hit by Typhoon Haiyan and devastation there is extensive. I am happy to report that we are making good progress because our toilet is being copied by international NGO's concerned with water and sanitation since they have no effective solution. There "portalet" is messy and difficult to manage while our Filipino toilet using local materials is perfect for the areas. We are also using bamboo and we employ a lot of bamboo artisans making the bamboo mats.
Hoping for your additional support as we expand to new areas in Samar.
Very sincerely yours,
Greetings from Typhoon-ravaged Leyte and Samar provinces. This time we continue to build low-cost robust pour-flush and dry toilets. We also build dry toilets and train beneficiaries on the re-use of human waste in small-scale agriculture. We tell them that urine is a great fertilizer and that feces when properly handled and sanitized is a good source of phosphorus which is a major element for the plant. Most of them are sceptical and we are met with laughter and unbelief but we keep prodding-on especially in areas where there is no water. Right now, we are constructing toilets in 5 municipalities in Leyte and Samar.
Aside from providing the survivors with toilet facilities we also provide requesting local government units with toilet bowls and then they in turn provide this to their constituents. So far we are able to provide a total of 730 toilet bowls to several barrios here. The latest addition to our repertoire of sanitation support is the promotion of a robust, low-cost communal hand-wash for schoolchildren. We realize that hand-washing is an important practice that we need to introduce but traditional hand-wash are easily broken and the faucets stolen. Our hand-wash is different in that it consist of a steel pipe with micro-holes and could not be easily break-down.
Hoping for your continuing support.
Staring last week we are starting to provide low-cost sanitation in the Province of Samar. The first municipality of Samar from Leyte is Sta. Rita and it can be reached via the famous San Juanico Bridge. We have established our toilet production camp in the Municipality of Marabut after coordinating with the local officials there. We found out that like Leyte, Samar is also equally devastated by the typhoons with large areas of farms damaged and houses and structures flattened to the ground. Tents where people are staying are everywhere. Food aid is very few already as international aid pronounced that now is no longer the time for emergency but that of "recovery". I don't know for how long people will hold out and famine stalks the land. Sanitation too is wiped-out and our toilet system is the only viable alternative as international water and sanitation agencies insist on the use of the plastic slab with a hole as their toilet. People detest the plastic slabs and seldom use it if at all. We are trying to lobby with international aid and hope that they will adopt our system.
Next week we will start with the installation of the toilets to the communities and selecting the poorest of the poor who is also most vulnerable to diseases caused by open defecation. Our problem in Samar is that the cost of materials is very high and roads are very bad. There seems to be sleeping government here. Local NGO's are also not active as it should be in other areas.
Hoping for your continuing support, I remain,
Greetings from Super-typhoon devastated Leyte Province. Last week, I was able to visit the province of Samar which is very near Leyte and I saw the extent of devastation there with much of the land and houses flattened to the ground. It was in the municipality of Guiauan in Samar where the first landfall of the typhoon happened. We decided to expand our efforts in Samar and our initiative will have similar strategies as what we have done in Leyte, namely,
With this report, may I enjoin you to help support us with two of our complementary initiatives which are coconut replanting program to replace the damaged coconut trees and house re-building for the survivors. The links are,
Greetings from Leyte Province. This time we are continuing with the pre-fabrication of toilets and installing the pre-fabricated units in the areas. We are selecting the poorest of the poor beneficiaries. Toilet bowls are difficult to source here and we have already used up all our toilet bowls we brought all the way from our main office in Mindanao. So our move is to make the toilet bowls too using concrete. We recruited local survivors as our workers which is a good move since work is very difficult to find here with electricity not yet operational. The procedure in making toilet bowls is simple and easy since we are making the moulds ourselves. Each of the survivor can earn 200 pesos a day and the money they use to buy food and other household necessities. Working with us makes them useful too and they forget about the bad effects of the typhoon. We are now employing 34 local people and they are very happy about it. Our plan is to donate the toilet bowls to those interested. With so many toilets gone, this is a good innovation, considering also that toilet bowl supply is short here.
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Cagayan de Oro,
Cagayan de Oro,