Low-cost Sanitation For Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

by Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation
Dec 16, 2013

Latest Update from the Field

Survivors in the mountains
Survivors in the mountains

My Dear Friends,

Good day my friends and supporters. Today as I write this we have already constructed and installed a total of 385 toilets and repaired 320 damaged ones. Repairs are important because there are many instances that the septic tank and the toilet bowl remains while the housing and roof were blown away. In this way, we provide safe sanitation in a quick and easy manner. As I mentioned in my previous report, we stay and build in the site, putting up tents and then pre-fabricating the toilets in the tents. We build within a 10-kilometer radius from where we are located and using available local materials. We have 3 chainsaws operating and we are using the coconut trees destroyed during the height of Typhoon Yolanda as the main construction frame for the toilet houses and roof. In some instances we ended up also repairing the lean-to’s of survivors and giving nails to some. Nails here is a precious commodity, and especially for the very poor, they cannot procure it. Five kilos of nails is enough for a family to rebuild their blown away houses no matter if it does not look good enough as long as there is a roof upon their heads.

As I report this, the biggest problem faced by the survivors is the lack of food. Crops is totally wiped-out and most of the livestock died during the typhoon. International aid is also slowly folding-up and returning home, so this is indeed a very grave problem. We are starting to initiate vegetable gardening for food security but immediate food packs containing not noodles and sardines but Filipino food such as mongo, rice,  dried fish and dried meat is badly and urgently needed.

Some of the survivors especially in the mountains and cut-off areas are reporting having not eaten for weeks now and they are subsisting on grasses and coconuts. I enjoin you to support our emergency food packs project at,


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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