Greetings from Marabut Municipality in Samar Provice. As previously reported we are already moving to another province which is Samar for our toilet implementation. Since the previous report, we have already constructed a total of 63 toilets here in Marabut. Our special problem here is the remoteness of the place and the gravity of the devastation which until now the residents are coping. The local people received us warmly and they assisted in the toilet installation activities. We started with communal type with each toilet to be shared with 10 families but this did not work out so we reverted to individual toilets.
In terms of capacity-building, we are doing hands-on on-site training activities. Our strategy is to conduct a 1-2-hour training among the beneficiaries, once the toilets are ready for use. Training is simply on cleaning, management, proper use of the toilet and simple repairs if needed. Our next phase will be to continue toilet construction activities. We involve the local leaders and community members in the decision-making process.
Hoping for your kind continuing support to this initiative. We are planning to expand our toilet construction activities in Marabut and expand to other municipalities later on.
Very sincerely yours,
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.
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,
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Cagayan de Oro,
Cagayan de Oro,