Low-cost Sanitation For Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

by Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation
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Rainwater harvester construction
Rainwater harvester construction

Dear Friends,

Greetings for the New Year and may I warmly thank you for the amazing water and sanitation activities we did in 2016. I am also proud to say that we are one of the very few non-government organization that is left here in Leyte supporting typhoon survivors. I believe that with the extent of the damage, rehabilitation will take years to finish, what with other typhoons affecting the area although not as strong as Haiyan.

Aside from low-cost, durable and aspirational toilets, we expanded our initiative to constructing giant rainwater harvesters made of iron and concrete and install these in water-deficient mountain communities. The year 2016 we are able to construct 22 units, with the help of other donors aside from Global Giving. We do this with minimum operating cost since we already have a permanent office in Albuera Municipality and local dedicated expert masons and carpenters. 

Again thank you so much and hoping we can surpass the breakthroughs in 2016.

Mabuhay!

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Low-cost toilet onstruction
Low-cost toilet onstruction

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings and thank you very much for your continuing support in order for us to provide safe sanitation via our aspirational, low-cost, durable toilets to poor typhoon survivors. We already have our permanent office and training center located in Albuera, Leyte and we are making this as our base for our various initiatives in the area. As to this time, there are also many poor families who have no toilet and the need is indeed dire. Those without toilets defecate in the fields or do it in the shoreline. This reporting period, we continue to provide toilets to selected very poor families. We got also direct donations coming from friends and we use this together with donations coming from Global Giving. Individual donors would like to support us since they can see actual results from what we are doing. This reporting period we are able to build a total of 32 toilets for 32 families located in Albuera Municipality.

Again thank you very much.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Training students in Albuera
Training students in Albuera

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Warm greetings and thank you very much for your kind support to our project to provide safe sanitation to typhoon survivors in Leyte. This reporting period we implemented 3 sets of urine diverting dehydration toilets to 3 schools in Albuera Municipality. The urine diverting dehydration toilet or simply "ecosan" is designed in areas where water is deficient. The Municipality of Albuera is such kind of municipality with water very scarce. Aside from being operational in water deficient condition, the human waste can be used after proper storage and treatment as fertilizer for the flowers and trees growing around the school grounds. This is a groundbreaking model and is considered a "first" in Leyte.

Together with the introduction of the toilet, we trained the students who will be users on its proper use and management. Total number of students trained is 730. We hope that this model can be a source of inspiration for others to implement similar initiatives.

Again thank you very much for your kind support.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Materials preparation
Materials preparation

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Leyte and thank you very much for your continuing support to our project to provide safe sanitation to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. It is now more than 2 years and most of international NGO's are gone already but we were able to continue our work with your generous support. We have already established a permanent office with a training center in Albuera, Leyte and this is giving us a big boost. Aside from not paying for rent and other cost, the idea of permanency is a morale booster to our partners in the field.

This time, we continue to build toilets and still using our basic model of low in cost, durable and aspirational. The dry season makes our work a lot more easier since the roads to the interior are passable and transport of materials is a lot easier. We have built a total of 75 toilets already this reporting period and targeting another 50 more.

Again, thank you very much for your generous support.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora Sayre

Behavior change capacity building
Behavior change capacity building

Dear Friends,

Greetings and may I warmly thank you for your generous support to our project to provide basic hygiene kits and low-cost latrines to thousands of those affected by the typhoon who has until now no access to sanitary latrines. Most of them especially the very poor resort to defecating in the grasses or defecate in plastic and throw the plastic at night. This is indeed very unhealthy and prone to outbreak of diseases.

This period we focus our effort to conducting behavioral change training among 3 villages and including a total of 120 village leaders and local officials. The training is aimed at changing their behavior and so that they will understand the importance of having and using their toilets. We emphasize the problem of open defecation and the role of flies in spreading human waste to food and person. We also highlight the medical cost associated with being sick because of water and food contamination. We did this via community mapping and simulation exercises. Most of the participants feel shame and disgust about the lack of toilet facilities and the need for all in their village to have toilets.

This behavioral change aspect, is, I may say, what is sorely lacking in other water and sanitation implementors here.

After the training we distributed hygiene kits such as wash and bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and sanitary pads to the participants.

Hoping for your continuing support to this very important project. At the moment, the GlobalGiving 100% matching fund for Typhoon Haiyan is still on-going. Your donation will be matched 100% and will enable us to reach-out to more. If you want to donate again, the link is,

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/low-cost-sanitation-for-typhoon-haiyan-survivors/

Very sincerely yours,

Cora Sayre

 

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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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