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.
Very sincerely yours,
Greetings for the New Year 2014. The start of the year will also be our fresh start as we prepare to continue with our toilet construction and distribution of hygiene kits in Leyte Province. We stopped our activities start December 23 for the Christmas holidays. As of today, we have already filled-up our 2 elf trucks with toilet construction materials consisting mainly of nails, galvanized iron, iron re-bars and bamboo slats. These materials, as I mentioned previously is very difficult to procure in Leyte as few hardware stores are open and lines are long as local residents try to buy hardware materials in order to repair their houses.
As of today too, we are the only group constructing and/or repairing damaged toilets. A few other NGO's (international) are distributing toilet slabs which is just thick plastic with a hole and which I think is totally useless. Our approach is to construct entire toilet comprising septic tank, cement flooring, toilet bowl, wall, door and roof. If the toilet is the dry kind appropriate in waterless communities, instead of a septic tank, a fecal matter collector is installed. We are experts in this kind of activities winning twice in an international competition held in Israel, winning a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation award for Global Health Challenges and then as Tech Awardee in 2011.
Thank you my dearest friends for your kind support. As we build toilets, we realize too the need to help in the repair or build houses of the survivors. For some have nice toilets, but they are living in destitute dwellings, like animals, very pitiful and heart-breaking.
Please help too our Filipino home-building initiative. The link is,
With much gratitude,
My Dear Friends,
Good day my friends and supporters. Today as I write this we have already constructed and installed a total of 385 toilets and repaired 320 damaged ones. Repairs are important because there are many instances that the septic tank and the toilet bowl remains while the housing and roof were blown away. In this way, we provide safe sanitation in a quick and easy manner. As I mentioned in my previous report, we stay and build in the site, putting up tents and then pre-fabricating the toilets in the tents. We build within a 10-kilometer radius from where we are located and using available local materials. We have 3 chainsaws operating and we are using the coconut trees destroyed during the height of Typhoon Yolanda as the main construction frame for the toilet houses and roof. In some instances we ended up also repairing the lean-to’s of survivors and giving nails to some. Nails here is a precious commodity, and especially for the very poor, they cannot procure it. Five kilos of nails is enough for a family to rebuild their blown away houses no matter if it does not look good enough as long as there is a roof upon their heads.
As I report this, the biggest problem faced by the survivors is the lack of food. Crops is totally wiped-out and most of the livestock died during the typhoon. International aid is also slowly folding-up and returning home, so this is indeed a very grave problem. We are starting to initiate vegetable gardening for food security but immediate food packs containing not noodles and sardines but Filipino food such as mongo, rice, dried fish and dried meat is badly and urgently needed.
Some of the survivors especially in the mountains and cut-off areas are reporting having not eaten for weeks now and they are subsisting on grasses and coconuts. I enjoin you to support our emergency food packs project at,
Good day. We have now installed a total of 85 toilets and we are focusing on the most needy families, families who are very poor and are sleeping in makeshift lean-to’s. In some instance, we ended up also constructing temporary dwelling for them! The entire city in Ormoc is wiped-out and the most affected are those living in shanties and slums for their dwelling is no match for the fury of Super-typhoon Haiyan. The city is very dark at night and few electric generators are working. We pity the children who are starving and aid is not reaching the far-flung barrios.
We appeal to your kind hearts to support our second initiative. Food packs consisting of Filipino foods such as rice, mongo, dried fish, salt, oil is urgently needed. The link is,
Thank you very much.
Entered into the news today in the link, http://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippine-typhoon-survivors-turn-cave-dwellers-181430964.html.
The first paragraph of the news says, “Victims who survived the Philippines' super typhoon by huddling in a cave as a tsunami-like wave obliterated their community have now made it their home -- reduced to Stone Age conditions with nowhere else to go.”
Surely this type of news will break your heart. And so much so that aid is coming in trickles due to frenzy, chaos, impassable roads and just sheer desperation because of what happened. Now we are continuing with pre-fabrication of the toilets while a small team is now in the site assessing the situation and establishing where we can camp and continue with pre-fabrication and installation of the toilets.
We are a small, very passionate team, we don’t stay in fancy hotels but close to the ground, where the people are, eat and sleep with them. We are locals, have no problem with cultural understanding and security. The uniqueness of our approach is that we custom-built the toilets, using cheap but durable materials thereby stretching the numbers we can build. The sanitation alternative by international aid is the “portalet” which is very expensive at 4,000 USD and difficult to maintain as it requires de-sludging everyday at 50 USD per de-sludge. One use and you can see your feces floating and in this hot, tropics, the smell inside the imported protalets, maybe useful only in icy climate is subjecting the survivors to another Haiyan many times over.
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Cagayan de Oro,
Cagayan de Oro,