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.
Very sincerely yours,
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Cagayan de Oro,
Cagayan de Oro,