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Zamboanga City Low-Cost Sanitation Initiative



We will construct low-cost sanitary and robust water-sealed toilets for the six barrios affected by the fighting between the Moro National Liberation Front and government forces. We will install toilets in barrio centers so that residents who have lost their homes will have access to toilet facilities. This is important in terms of improving sanitation in the area as the problem now will result to open defecation and the spread of water-borne diseases. A total of 16,300 families were affected.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The problem is that 10,160 houses were burned to the ground by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and toilet facilities is severely lacking. This results to local residents defecating in the open, in the coastlines and streets and the threat of water-borne diseases is high. Women also have no dignity when they are forced to defecate in the open.

How will this project solve this problem?

We will construct low-cost, robust, sanitary toilets and equip this with hygiene kits. In so doing we will solve the problem of open defecation. We cannot build toilets for all the affected residents so we will only build in barrio centers and the local residents can use the toilets in a communal manner.

Potential Long Term Impact

The impact of the project are the following; a. Access to toilets for those affected by the fighting between the MNLF and government troops. b. Prevention of water-borne diseases as a result of no toilet facilities and open defecation. c. For women, improvement in dignity in being able to use toilets.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $170
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,830
Total Funding Goal: $5,000


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Project Leader

Cora Sayre

Executive Director
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental Philippines

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