Typhoon Haiyan Communal Hand-wash for Schools

by Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation
Constructing additional hand-wash
Constructing additional hand-wash

Dear Friend,

Greetings and thank you very much for your continuing support to our project to provide robust, communal hand-wash in schools here in Leyte. Aside from providing the hand-wash, we also conduct simple training on how to properly do hand-washing which is important especially for small children. We are doing the training via showing of video and letting the children practice it in actual. From our last report, we were able to construct 5 more hand-wash in 5 schools here. We are also glad to say that we might have some additional support for the installation of hand-wash in additional schools here from the local rotary club and other supporters.  We added incremental improvement in the hand-wash by placing polyethylene pipe to catch waste water so it flows to the ground via a leach-pit and not muddy the feet of children.

Hoping for your continuing support to this project.

Again thank you very much and God bless!

Very sincerely yours,

Elmer

Steel communal hand-wash and rainwater jar
Steel communal hand-wash and rainwater jar

Dear Friends,

 Greetings and thank you very much for your continuing support to our project to provide communal hand-wash in schools here in Leyte. This reporting period we are able to provide 2 units communal hand-wash and 2 units giant ferro-cement rainwater jars in 2 schools in Albuera Municipality. Our hand-wash design is made of steel and very durable and with very few faucets since the water exit for hand-washing is bored directly to the steel. The problem with the faucet-type is that children play with it and it is easily destroyed.

Our hand-wash is pre-fabricated and has been thoroughly tested in several schools already. It is also easy to assemble by lay-persons and ensures appropriate functionality at lowest cost. Our next move is to encourage the parent associations in the schools to beautify and complement the facility with supply of hygiene kits such as soap, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Hoping for your continued support to this project.

Very sincerely yours,

 Cora

rainwater harvester
rainwater harvester

Dear Friends,

 

Warm greetings from Leyte and thank you very much for your continuing support to our initiative here. Our work here is continuing because the damage caused by the typhoon is massive and covered a very large area affecting millions of people. We are continuing our implementation of the communal hand-wash for schools and this period we have installed 7 hand-wash in 7 different elementary schools. We realize during installation the need for water in some of the schools so we also install rainwater harvesters made of iron and concrete. Rain is plentiful since this month is the start of the rainy season. One of our rainwater collectors can store 10,000 litres of water and this can be used to fill the container for the hand-wash as well as for general hygiene use. This period we have installed 1 rainwater collector in Amagos Elementary School in Barangay Amagos, Bato, Leyte and this will serve the needs of 173 school-children.

Thank you once again for your continuing support.

 Very sincerely yours,

 Cora

Water filters will save lives
Water filters will save lives

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Leyte. As we continue to implement the communal hand-wash in schools, we found out one major problem. This is the situation when water is deficient and local households are using the water supplied to the hand-wash also for their house needs and some of the sources are not reliable with suspected water contamination. In this case, we are supplying the families with water filters attached to water containers. The water filters will last years and will help ensure that water is safe for drinking by the local people.

We are trying to provide more water filters and additional help you can provide to this project will be greatly appreciated.

Again, thank you very much.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Rainwater harvesting
Rainwater harvesting

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Leyte and thank you very much for your generous donation in order for us to expand our communal hand-washing project for selected schools ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. To date we were able to construct a total of 17 communal hand-wash using iron pipes connected to a water source. Our design is robust in that we use no faucet which is easily broken and or stolen as in the case of other communal hand-wash stations. Instead we are boring micro-holes in the pipes where water flows every time the children use the hand-wash. Last month 2 of our staff attended a workshop organized by another NGO in order to improve our design.

During implementation we found out that there are some schools where water is difficult to source. Children as well as parents have to walk long hours in order to fetch water usually from a spring or a creek. In this case we decided to complement our project with the construction of giant ferro-cement jars that harvests water from the school roof via a gutter. In this reporting period we were able to produce 4 10,000 liters ferro-cement jars and located in a school in Ormoc City. The jars costs less compared to traditional poured concrete. We aim to construct 15 more by middle of this year.

With this, may I thank you for your very generous support.

With much gratitude,

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:
Elmer Sayre
Executive Director
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental Philippines
$11,789 raised of $15,000 goal
 
48 donations
$3,211 to go
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