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Typhoon Haiyan Communal Hand-wash for Schools



When Super-typhoon Haiyan struck, it destroyed most water systems in more than 3,000 schools in its path. Water for hygiene and hand-washing is badly needed. Our project will install low-cost, robust, steel pipe communal hand-wash stations in Leyte and Samar Provinces with the goal of providing safe hygiene for school-children. We aim to produce and install a total of 500 hand-wash by the first month of classes in June 2014.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

When Super-typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, it destroyed most of infrastructure. Hardest hit are schools where building were flattened to the ground and most of the water connections destroyed. Water especially for hand-washing and hygiene is destroyed and there is a need to install new water systems. The problem with conventional hand-wash is that they are easily destroyed due to design flaw. We are using steel pipes with minutely drilled holes and fed via gravity.

How will this project solve this problem?

The robust hand-wash made of steel pipes drilled with minute holes and which can accommodate 200 students will ensure access of school children to much needed hand-washing facility. Since our hand-wash uses minimal faucets which can easily be stolen or broken, the units can last very long and requires very minimal servicing. The water source can be jerricans or any other containers and the water fetched from nearby water sources of from the rain. Start the month of June is rainy months already.

Potential Long Term Impact

Not hand-washing is a major cause of diarrhea and a host of other diseases. Lack of hand-wash facility results to major disease outbreak which affects children. When children are affected, this results to high mortality or low in school performance. The long-term impact of this project is the improvement of life expectancy of poor children and improved performance in school due to improvement in hygiene conditions.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $0
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $15,000
Total Funding Goal: $15,000


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Project Leader

Cora Sayre

Executive Director
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental Philippines

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