Demonstrating a solar panel in action
Thanks to your amazing support we’re making great progress to equip the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre. This means that even more Filipino families will soon be able to shelter there during storms.
In our last project report we described how we were about to start work on another twenty-four family cubicles to add to the nineteen previously provided by you.
In total this will allow forty-three families to use the building during disasters. So, since our last update we’ve also used your generous donations to buy more ceiling fans to keep everyone comfortable, and to undertake some maintenance to the existing bathrooms to make sure the building remains sanitary.
Also, while the building has an electrical supply, mains power can often be disrupted after typhoons. So, with your incredible support we’ve also provided the centre with a small solar system that can provide emergency lighting, charge phones and power a drinking water purification system.
Ka Noli, the founder of our local partner organisation, Buklod Tao, described how staff from the local university’s Innovation Centre helped to design and setup the system:
“As you know we recently undertook the scheduled purchases of materials for solar-powered water purifier.
Asst Professor of Ateneo Innovation Center assisted me in the purchases. Next Sunday, 8:00am to after lunch will be the agreed training and installation here at 3rd floor of the Evacuation Centre with Professor Paul Cabacungan and his students.
Around 98% of the materials were purchased already. All others are to be bought in downtown Manila, Saturday by Reymond who offered to purchase the remaining materials.
I gave him the funds for these purchases and he already texted me and mentioned that all the additional parts have been purchased and shall be brought to Buklod Tao before the installation and training day.
Already we have been inviting colleagues here in Buklod Tao, especially plumbers and electricians, to attend this training and installation. Thank you to IDV donors for making this capacity building possible.”
We echo Ka Noli’s thanks, for this and for all your previous support to improve and equip the Centre over the years.
We’re delighted with this recent progress but work on the cubicles themselves has been delayed slightly. Ka Noli explained:
“Your acknowledgment of our current tasks is much appreciated. Attached are pictures of two workers of Master Plumber Gerry who started repairs of toilets/bathrooms Monday mid-afternoon. The two started off with boring of holes at the interior and exterior side of male's toilet/bathroom to facilitate installation of pvc pipes for exhaust ventilation of the smell of the toilet.
For the cubicles, sorry we are hampered by delays due to non-availability of workers.
Work for installations of pipes for cubicle curtain hangers has not started yet, even purchases of metal materials. The builder, Vic has committed to work , after he has finished a job in Marikina City, to fabricate and install roof trusses for the house of his younger brother, Boying.
I agreed to give way for his younger brother's need for trusses installation. It should be done now before the rainy season. After that, Vic assured me the Centre works would be the next.”
We’re keen to see the work completed, and we’re sure you are too. So, we’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.
Buklod Tao member training on the solar purifier
Bathroom maintenance work in the Centre
Installing an exhaust vent for a bathroom