Low-cost Sanitation For Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

by Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation
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Low-cost latrine sub-structure
Low-cost latrine sub-structure

Dear Friend,

Greetings from Leyte and in this report, may I thank you for your generous donation that enable us to continue with our most important work of preventing the spread of diseases after Typhoon Haiyan devastated Leyte and Samar. The tasks ahead is still daunting but we are very much capable to face challenges. Our formula of being local, staying in tents and barracks during project implementation in order to bring down cost and offer more services, generating local counterparts, engaging local actors and service providers and promoting our work via social media and news links is indeed very effective. We also welcome visitors who want to see our work techniques and finished products.

This reporting period, we have perfected the making of low-cost septic tanks or sub-structure using ferro-cement which is more stronger than poured concrete since the wire mesh are very close to each other. We have trained 74 local masons who will be able to construct and install the tanks wherever the need is. The toilet sub-structure is so far the most problematic in fabricating low-cost toilets but we have done a good job perfecting it.

Again, thanks so much for your generous donation. Advance Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year  to you, your family and loved ones.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Affordable latrine model for Gandara
Affordable latrine model for Gandara

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Western Samar. We are now expanding our work from Leyte province to Western Samar and starting with Gandara where the local government voiced the need to start safe sanitation initiative via hygienic and affordable latrines. Both the provinces of Leyte and Samar were affected by Typhoon Haiyan but it is Leyte that received most publicity and attention starting in Tacloban and thus support for Samar is very much lacking.  We are teaming-up with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the local government in order to implement this project. We found out that of the 69 barrios in Gandara, 30% lacked access to latrines and many people are defecating in the open. With huge river systems, residents especially children suffer from schistosomiasis mainly with river snails as the carrier. We are aiming to build 300 pilot latrines in the few months to come.

I will provide you with more update as this project progresses.

Hoping for your continuing support to our project.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Building capacities
Building capacities

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Leyte. I am pleased to inform you that we are continuing our regular conduct of capacity-building initiative for local masons and carpenters so that they will be able to construct low-cost latrines with support from municipalities and non-government organizations still here. This time we are able to train 53 locals in the basic skills of making toilet bowls, cylindrical septic tank, concrete flooring and housing made of bamboo mats and coconut lumber framing. The trainees comes from 3 municipalities. After the training, we will monitor the quality of their workmaship as they construct toilets in their own localities. There is still a dire need of sanitation services in Leyte as well as in neighboring Samar and your help is needed.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

fabricating toilet bowls
fabricating toilet bowls

Dear All Friends,

Warm greetings from Leyte and thank you so much for your continuing generous support to enable us to provide toilets to the typhoon survivors. We are using local materials in our fabrication activities and in this way we are able to re-invigorate the economy. All of our workers except for a few master-trainers come from the area and this initiative is a livelihood for them. After the typhoon, there is very little work to do and little income here and life was difficult. At least with our sanitation activities we are able to provide food for artisans.

Hoping for your continuing support to this project.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Endless use of our toilets during the Papal Mass
Endless use of our toilets during the Papal Mass

Dear All Friends,

Warm greetings from rainy Leyte. I am very proud to report that during the visit of Pope Fancis here in Tacloban, Leyte, we are one of organizations tasked to provide proper sanitation to the thousands of pilgrims. The pilgrims numbering about 150,000 come mainly from the provinces of Leyte and Samar as well as all over the country. Prior to the event, when we inspected the site where the Papal Mass is to be celebrated, we found out that the areas where the toilets will be located has no water source.

In this situation, we decided to install our brand of water-less toilets. The toilet uses no water and the waste collected in polybags and drums are kept at the side to be disposed later. Other toilets installed in the area are the imported portalets which stink and unusable after 20-30 users. Our toilet can be used endlessly, with proper management.

After the Mass, we distributed our toilets to local very poor beneficiaries.

Thanks so much to you my friends for your support to this very important project. We will use this model in times of emergency or when there are large gatherings again.

With much gratitude,

Cora

 

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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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