El Nino Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Initiative

by Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation


The project will provide water, sanitation and hygiene support for local communities badly affected by the El Nino in the Philippines. We will provide dry, waterless toilets, water containers and hygiene kits focusing on mountainous and hard to reach areas. The choice of dry, waterless toilets is because the traditional pour-flush toilets is no longer effective due to lack of water and open defecation is a major problem due to spread of diseases.
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The El Nino happening now in the Philippines render the traditional pour-flush toilets to be useless and the problem of spread of diseases due to open defecation is great. People is forced to defecate in the fields because of lack of water to flush their toilets. Epidemic means a second wave of disaster.


We will solve this problem by providing an alternative which is dry waterless toilets. We are 3 times international winner in the implementation of dry toilets. Then we train and encourage the beneficiaries to re-use human waste for their agriculture production once rain occur again. Coupled with this will be the provision of water containers, communal hand-wash and giant rain water collectors in preparation for rain.

Long-Term Impact

The long-term impact in implementing waterless toilets is preventing the spread of diseases and the re-use of human waste in agriculture production. Poor farmers could not purchase commercial fertilizer and this is a big boost to their farm production and income. The rainwater collectors will enable communities to harvest rain and use this in their daily needs with excess to their gardens. This is most useful in barrios located in the mountains where water source is very far.



Organization Information

Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation

Location: Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​mindaterrapretabiochar.blogspot.com
Project Leader:
Cora Sayre
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental Philippines

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