Santa Teresa Elementary School Sanitation Project – Philippines

Malilipot, Albay Province, Philippines

Community Description
Malilipot is a rural community located between Legazpi and Tabaco City. Within Malilipot, the Barangay (community) of Santa Teresa is just outside of the 6 km range of the perfectly cone-shaped Mayon volcano. Many children and families in the community are living below the poverty line, and so it is a central location that Children International serves.

Since Santa Teresa is so close to the base of the Mayon volcano, it is often subject to calamities including landslides and flooding. Santa Teresa Elementary School serves as an educational center for the community. In addition, it serves as an evacuation facility during times of disruption when local families have been displaced.

Two buildings at the school do not have restrooms, creating a burden on students staff, and visitors.

Project Description
This project is to construct 2 restrooms at the school.

Each 2-unit restroom, with a floor area 1.5 x 1.80 meters, will be attached at the back of a classroom. It will have a single septic tank that will be constructed of concrete hollow blocks.

Water Charity funds will go entirely for the construction materials needed to build the restrooms. The materials will include DSB (metal lining), CHB, cement, gravel, sand, wire, and toilet bowls.

The community residents and volunteers will provide all of the manual labor, including the consultation with a skilled laborer and an assistant. The community will also pay for other materials not mentioned, including PCV pipes, tiles, some paints, and food for volunteers.

The tasks required to complete this project include:

  • Purchasing of construction materials
  • Hiring 1 skilled worker & 1 labor-helper
  • Laying out of the project site
  • Digging of the pit to be made into septic tank
  • Setting-up concrete hollow-blocks for the septic tank
  • Installing pipe from the floor to the ground
  • Breaking of the back wall and windows to put-up the proposed doors from the classrooms
  • Wall construction including partition of the restrooms using concrete hollow blocks
  • Smooth finishing of the wall
  • Setting up the toilet bowls and pipes
  • Floor tiling
  • Painting

At the conclusion of the construction, an official turnover ceremony will be held with the participation of the principal, teachers, and community officials to transfer ownership of the project and ensure long-term maintenance.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 333 children enrolled at the school, including 197 sponsored children. Also receiving benefits will be the 2 teacher-advisers of the classrooms, parents during Homeroom PTA activities, community residents during school affairs, and the general public during relocation/evacuation.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Chris Economon

The restrooms will provide for adequate hygiene and sanitation for the students and will limit disruptions from learning time during school sessions. The facilities will be also available during emergency evacuations when classrooms are often filled to capacity with resident evacuees.

Chris previously completed the Panarayon Water Project – Philippines.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date


Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you “naming rights”, if that is something you would like.

Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of the Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.