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,
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,
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,
Dear All Friends,
Greetings from Leyte. We have already installed a total of 12 communal hand-wash in schools. The hand-wash is made of steel pipes with micro-holes and a water control valve. In one use, 16 students can use it. Our main problem is that the students (pupils) play with the hand-wash equipment, use it as swing or climb to it and it is easily broken or bent. Our strategy now is to go to the parents and discuss with them the importance of the hand-wash and to guide their children not to play with it. Our explanation is focused on the problem of water-borne sickness caused by not washing the hands that may affect their children. We will closely monitor this new strategy and I think that this is one of the solutions to the full utilization of the hand-wash.
May I implore you to continue supporting this initiative. Our link is,
Greetings from Leyte. I am very happy to report that we are successful in installing a durable communal hand-wash in a Mahayahay Elementary School, Barrio Mahayahay in Ormoc City. Mahayahay is a mountain barangay and this is the first time that the school have a communal hand-wash. The school principal is very enthusiastic saying that one of the problems in the school is the need for children to wash their hands especially during and after eating. Diarrhea is a common problem here. Our hand-wash is durable in that it does not contain many faucets and the water for hand-washing flows in tiny holes bored in the steel pipe. This is different to other traditional hand-wash in that the faucets are easily broken or destroyed especially when children play with it.
Hoping that we will get support for this project as we intend to install 75 more communal hand-wash stations in 60 schools in Leyte.
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Cagayan de Oro,