Low-cost Sanitation For Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

by Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation

Dear All Friends,

My warmest greetings as we close this year 2014. It is a continuing awesome journey for us as we touched so many lives in our implementation of low-cost toilets for Typhoon Haiyan survivors. We got very scared the first week of this month with the news of another super-typhoon called Typhoon Hagupit but thank God it did not hit us squarely and damage especially to the toilets and homes that we have built is small. There are still so many survivors here without toilets and as the year ends, we continue to pre-fabricate the toilets as well as refine our toilet bowls so that it becomes shiny and smooth and nice for the users. To end this year, we will distribute 50 complete toilets and 150 toilet bowl to local residents located in Albuera, Leyte by December 29, 2014. Then for this year, our total number of toilets distributed is 1,235 new toilets and repairs of 2,400. We were able to distribute also a total of 4,230 hygiene kits comprising soap and toothbrush. We hope to continue aiming for higher distribution numbers by this year. Recovery afte Typhoon Haiyan will take long as the devastation was massive.

Hoping for your continuing support to our cause.

hope that you will inform your colleague and friends about our work here.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Very sincerely yours,


Low-cost toilet
Low-cost toilet

Dear All Friends,

Greetings from Leyte and thank you very much for your very generous support to our project to build toilets for Typhoon Haiyan survivors. Last week we were able to provide toilets to 116 beneficiaries living in the municipalities of Lawaan, Giporlos and Balangiga in Eastern Samar. Eastern Samar was badly hit with the typhoon making its first landfall in Guiuan and then hitting Tacloban. Eastern Samar is not so well supported perhaps because it is Tacloban who is always in the radar and news. We are partnering with a local group of volunteer-survivors in selecting the most needy beneficiaries and then installing the toilets together with them. The group is Balangiga without Borders.

We will continue installing toilets in Leyte and Samar for the next 2-3 years as damage to the areas is very extensive. Toilets is also last priority by international aid so this will be our focus.

Hoping for your continuing support to our project. Please inform your friends and colleagues about our work. Our link is,


Thank you so much.

Very sincerely yours,


Project visit
Project visit

Dear All Friends,

Greetings from Leyte. Harvesting hope, this is our badge and slogan here in Leyte as we continue to provide safe sanitation activities for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. A group of writers from the UCLA's The Daily Bruin came here few weeks back and featured our work.


Last Saturday two of GlobalGiving senior officers, Britt Lake and Alison Carlman came here to visit our project sites. From Tacloban City, we toured them to Palo, Leyte then after, they motored to Ormoc City and visited one more temporary shelter in Concepcion. Then they went to a mountain barangay, Mahayahay where we are implementing safe sanitation activities. They saw for themselves the Filipino, robust, low-cost and safe toilets that we have constructed in area. Later that day, they went to our main office cum livelihood demonstration farm where our in-house adviser, Elmer Sayre briefed them about the entire coverage and reach of our initiatives in Leyte and Samar. Elmer also demonstrated to them the procedure in pre-fabricating and installing our toilets.

All in all, our work here is gaining ground, as we look forward to the first year anniversary of the mega-typhoon come November 8.

Hoping for your continuing support as we expand our initiatives.

Very sincerely yours,


Toilet construction
Toilet construction

Dear Friends,

 Greetings from Marabut Municipality in Samar Provice. As previously reported we are already moving to another province which is Samar for our toilet implementation. Since the previous report, we have already constructed a total of 63 toilets here in Marabut. Our special problem here is the remoteness of the place and the gravity of the devastation which until now the residents are coping. The local people received us warmly and they assisted in the toilet installation activities. We started with communal type with each toilet to be shared with 10 families but this did not work out so we reverted to individual toilets.

 In terms of capacity-building, we are doing hands-on on-site training activities. Our strategy is to conduct a 1-2-hour training among the beneficiaries, once the toilets are ready for use. Training is simply on cleaning, management, proper use of the toilet and simple repairs if needed. Our next phase will be to continue toilet construction activities. We involve the local leaders and community members in the decision-making process.

 Hoping for your kind continuing support to this initiative. We are planning to expand our toilet construction activities in Marabut and expand to other municipalities later on.


Very sincerely yours,



Mobile toilet camp
Mobile toilet camp

Dear Friends and Partners,

Greetings from Leyte and may I thank you once again for your generous support to our work. We continue to construct toilets and selecting the really very poor and helpless families. We have a toilet base in Albuera, Leyte and soon we will expand our work to 2 municipalities in Samar which is Marabut and Lawaan. Samar also is hard-hit by Typhoon Haiyan and devastation there is extensive. I am happy to report that we are making good progress because our toilet is being copied by international NGO's concerned with water and sanitation since they have no effective solution. There "portalet" is messy and difficult to manage while our Filipino toilet using local materials is perfect for the areas. We are also using bamboo and we employ a lot of bamboo artisans making the bamboo mats.

Hoping for your additional support as we expand to new areas in Samar.

Very sincerely yours,



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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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