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Conclusion of Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – Philippines

Conclusion of Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – Philippines

The emergency response aspect of this project has been completed. A total of 266 Sawyer water filters were delivered and put into use.

Conclusion of Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – PhilippinesTo read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was initiated to provide aid to stricken areas within days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Looking back, the impact on that country, with 99 million people, is hard to comprehend:

•    14.9 million people affected
•    4.13 million people displaced
•    6,100+ reported dead
•    26,233 reported injured
•    1.2 million damaged houses

The project was implemented by Water Charity in partnership with Wine to Water, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit engaged in water projects worldwide. It was managed by Kyle Lomax, Wine to Water’s International Projects Manager, and Doc Hendley, its Founder and President.

Kyle reports:

After Typhoon Haiyan struck, humanitarian aid from the international community sought to provide the most basic needs of survival (water, food, shelter, and medicine) to as many of the victims as possible. Many water systems were destroyed or contaminated with fecal coliform.

 Due to the extreme devastation, logistics, transportation, and the enormous number of people in desperation posed problems. Water bottles were air dropped, expensive water purification systems were set-up, and water trucks began moving to distribute water.

Unfortunately, this initial aid reached as few as one quarter of the population in places like Tacloban City. In places on the outskirts of towns, more remote areas, and many smaller islands, no aid at all has yet been provided.

We chose to utilize an amazing water filter, called the Sawyer PointONE water filter. With the technology derived from kidney dialysis, Sawyer worked to improve this hollow fiber membrane technology, giving it better filtration rates and longevity. The result was “U” shaped micro-tubes, with tiny pore holes at 0.1 micron in size. This makes it impossible (99.99999%) for harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. coli, Giradia, Cholera, and Typhoid to pass through the Sawyer filter.

It is the perfect filter to use for disaster response. Not only is the filter the most effective, it is very small (4x2 inches) and efficient (1 liter per minute flow rate). Each filter simply attaches to a container, usually a 5-gallon bucket, and is capable of producing over 200 gallons of clean water per day. It can provide water for several families for up to 10 years!

Conclusion of Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – PhilippinesAfter a situation assessment on the ground, four locations around Tacloban City were chosen:

1.    Diit, Mercyville (Barangay 99) – 100 filters
2.    Upper Nulatula (Barangay 6) – 100 filters
3.    Divisoria – 33 filters
4.    Purok 1 – 33 filters

They were picked because they were some of the most in need and getting only “temporary relief” in the form on Hypsol chlorine solution or water trucks. These relief services were only lasting for a short period. Then, the locals were forced to go back to getting standing water or going to their contaminated wells.

The approach to the implementation was “relationship” driven. We worked from the bottom up and the top down within the communities, called barangays, to develop relationships and gain trust.

It started off with meeting with the barangay captains to mobilize all the heads of the households to meet at the barangay hall, which usually has a basketball court, perfect for doing training on the filter. Here we discussed the importance of clean water and sanitation, how it translates into better health and livelihood, and how to properly use/maintain/clean the filter. The goal was to make things fun and interactive, and, most importantly, to ensure that the filter would be properly used.

Filthy brown water was run through the filter and perfectly clean water could be seen by all. We drank the clean water along with the barangay captain and locals in the crowd. This allowed us to gain trust and make people feel comfortable to ask any questions and have discussions.

Then, we distributed the new filters and containers to the people, recorded their information, and let them know we would be checking to make sure everyone understood and used the filter.

In total, Water Charity provided 266 filters and containers, supplying an estimated 2,660 people with clean drinking water throughout Tacloban City! This is such a lasting impact that will totally transform these peoples’ lives forever. The cost for having this clean water comes out to be less than $0.50 per person, per year!

There remains a tremendous amount to be accomplished in the devastated areas, but the project has now moved on to a development phase. The extent to which we are able to continue with this important work is dependent solely on our success in raising funds to pay for same.

We again wish to thank the SLOW LIFE Foundation for their contribution to this project. We also extend our gratitude to Michael and Carla Boyle, Elmo Foundation, CannedWater4Kids, Dr. & Mrs. Gary Fraser, Carol Host, Elena Kramer, Diane Ray, Robert & Sandy Barrett, Gail Strasser, Desmyrna Taylor, Irving Ostrow, and all of the other donors for providing the funding that made this project possible.

 

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Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief - Philippines

Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief - Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiayn, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, has been a true calamity for those who had to endure its awesome storm surge and 195mph winds.

As most of you know, Tacloban city bore the brunt of what looks to be the strongest storm on record to ever make landfall. Lt. Col. Marciano Jesus Guevara of the Filipino military aid said that the biggest problem in Tacloban is a lack of clean drinking water. "Water is life," he said. "If you have water with no food, you'll survive."

Within days after the devastating typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, and while it was still ravaging Vietnam, Water Charity began this effort to get water filters to the victims. With over 800,000 evacuees still housed in makeshift housing, churches and community centers, and well before any refugee camps had been constructed, Water Charity was already organizing the delivery of life-saving carbon nanotube filters.

TaclobanOur first shipment of filters was paid for out of our own pockets, and was flown to the Philippines personally by one of our colleagues to expedite distribution.

Far and away the best and most cost-efficient filter technology, these lightweight, durable and highly effective filters are engineered to less than a micron, and thus prevent all known pathogens, bacteria, cysts, protozoa, and even the smallest virus from passing through.

We started using this technology under our Filters for Life Program, so when the extent of the devastation became apparent, we were ready to step up and help with the relief effort.

The Sawyer filters are a practical, immediate, and long-term solution to the need for safe drinking water. They can last for over 10 years of heavy use, are washable, and are extremely versatile.

With filters ranging from $15 to $80 depending on usage, source water, and volume needed, there is no reason not to ensure that every single victim of this catastrophe can't at least have the best quality water possible.

The need for water is acute, and will be for quite some time. Long after this event has passed from the news, there will still be people without villages to return to, and helping them with this most basic of necessities is the most efficacious way to contribute to their health and wellbeing.

Waterborne illnesses are the scourge of refugee camps the world over. 80% of all diseases are waterborne, and the damage they do is compounded in the close-quarters and makeshift nature of any such camp. Help us prevent cholera outbreaks, amoebic dysentery, giardia and the host of other illnesses that are all too common in these situations.

Please give generously to this ongoing program. We will accept what you can afford, but we will give special recognition for donations of $100 or more.

Esteemed Donors

The SLOW LIFE Foundation, United Kingdom - $10,000
CannedWater4Kids, Sussex, WI, USA - $1,000
Michael and Carla Boyle, Nelsonville, OH, USA - $500
Elmo Foundation, Charlottesville, VA, USA - $500
Dr. & Mrs. Gary Fraser, Redlands, CA, USA - $200
Carol Host, Glendale, CA, USA - $100
Elena Kramer, Raleigh, NC, USA - $100
Diane Ray, Chattanooga, TN, USA - $100
Robert & Sandy Barrett, Calimesa, CA, USA - $100
Gail Strasser, Perris, CA, USA - $100
Desmyrna Taylor, Loma Linda, CA, USA - $100
Irving Ostrow, Los Angeles, CA, USA - $100

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

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Pagal Elementary School Water Tank Project - Philippines

Pagal Elementary School Water Tank Project - Philippines
Location
Sitio Pagal, Barangay Shilan, La Trinidad Municipality, Benguet Province, Philippines

Community Description
Pagal is one of the sitios of Barangay Shilan of the municipality of La Trinidad. It is a remote village with a total population of 527, based on the 2010 census. People in the area depend on farming for their livelihood.

Agricultural produce, mainly vegetables and flowers, are transported and sold at the town center, which is about an hour’s ride away. Sitio Pagal is accessible by public utility jeepneys.

Except for the presence of a day care center and an elementary school, there are no other government institutions in the area. For basic social services, people go to the barangay proper where a health center is located, or they go to the town center where the municipal government offices are located.

Pagal Elementary School Water Tank Project - PhilippinesAccess to water is a major problem for people in Pagal. The Pagal Elementary School (serving grades 1 through 6) and Day Care Center, both located in one area, do not have any connection to a water source. School children fetch water from their houses to bring to school. However, there are instances when there is no water to fetch, as the water is used for the farms. In those cases, the children have to go a further distance to find water for school use.

Project Description
This project is to provide a water tank for Pagal Elementary School and Day Care Center.

A 10-drum plastic water tank will be purchased, installed, and connected to the water source, a spring in the mountain, through a water hose. The water can be used without treatment for domestic purposes, such as cooking and cleaning.

A base will be built approximately 8-10 feet off the ground. The supplier will deliver the tank to the site, and workers will mount it on the stand and connect the piping.

The community will provide the labor to weld and fabricate the stand needed for the water tank. Pagal Elementary School Water Tank Project - Philippines

Water Charity funds will pay for the water tank and its installation, as well as materials, including steel bars, cement, gravel, and sand.

The cost of the water hose (about 900 meters long) will be provided by the local government.

Project Impact
This project will benefit the 90 school children, teachers and staff of the school.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Steven Klimberg

Comments
The project will be a great relief for the school children who will no longer be walking great distances to fetch water for the school’s daily water requirements.

Steven previously completed the La Trinidad National High School Water Tank Project – Philippines and the Lubas Elementary School Bathroom Project - Philippines.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$45.00

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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 Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$510.00

 

 

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Lubas Elementary School Bathroom Project - Philippines

Lubas Elementary School Bathroom Project - Philippines
Location
Barangay Lubas, La Trinidad Benguet, Luzon, Philippines

Community Description
Barangay Lubas is located on the northern part of the municipality of La Trinidad. It is situated on a hill overlooking La Trinidad Valley. The barangay shares its boundaries with other barangays of La Trinidad, which are Shilan and Beckel on the east, Ambiong on the south, and Tawang and Balili on the north.

The dominant land area of Lubas is a rolling terrain moderately steep mountain. The upland areas in the barangay have a slope of 

Lubas Elementary School Bathroom Project - Philippines

9 to 18%. Its elevation ranges from 1,200 to 1,600 meters above sea level.

The estimated population of the barangay for 2009 was 4,715 with 1,126 households, and for 2010, the population was 5,416 with 1,354 households. The residents include Kankanaeys, Ibalois, Ifugaos, with some Ilocanos and Tagalogs.

Residents who are engaged in business number about 56.33%. 20% are employed in the government and private sector, 16% are engaged in farming (particularly gardening and cut flower growing), while about 5% practice their own professions.

Lubas Elementary School is situated in Lubas, La Trinidad, Benguet, two kilometers away from La Trinidad Municipal Hall. It is on top of a hill overlooking La Trinidad Valley. It is the only public elementary school in the barangay and it caters to pupils within the community and nearby barangays.

The school does not have adequate sanitation facilities, depending on 9 toilets for a large student population. One partially-functioning facility is a two-room toilet for boys and girls, with 1 toilet bowl per room, which was constructed in 1990. The drainage system is clogged. The floor tiles are old and incomplete and the walls are not tiled. The doors are improvised and only the toilet bowl for girls is functioning.

Project Description
This project is to renovate the toilet facilities at the school.

The drainage system will be repaired. The toilet bowls and doors will be replaced. The tiles will be replaced, along with the doors.

Lubas Elementary School Bathroom Project - PhilippinesWater Charity funds will be used to purchase the materials.

The labor will be provided by the school through the parent teachers association.

Project Impact
719 pupils and 20 teachers will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Steven Klimberg

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project to bring the school up to minimum sanitation standards.

Steven previously completed the La Trinidad National High School Water Tank Project – Philippines.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

ADOPT THIS PROJECT BY CONTRIBUTING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT NEEDED BELOW

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 Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$555.00

 

 

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La Trinidad National High School Water Tank Project – Philippines

La Trinidad National High School Water Tank Project – PhilippinesLocation
Barangay Lubas, La Trinidad Municipality, Benguet Province, Island of Luzon, Philippines

Community Description
Lubas, La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines is a small community with about 2,000 residents. People are mainly farmers, and it is a big struggle for them to send their kids to school. Thus, students go to school with a very minimal allowance, or none at all.

The community is a bit far from the main town and most people walk as their means of transportation. Children would normally do the same going to school. The community is an amalgamation of blue and white-collar job people, but most are below the middle class.

La Trinidad National High School is located in Barangay Lubas. It is served by a common water supply pipe that passes through the community.

The school has one old water tank, which takes time to fill up. During the summer dry season there are periods of water shortage, and the single tank is insufficient for the school’s needs.

Project Description
This project is to build a second water tank for the school, to be used to supply the teaching kitchen, where the water will be used for drinking and cooking, and the bathrooms, where the water will be used for hygiene and sanitation.

After purchasing the materials, the school’s Parent Teachers Association will use available equipment, such as the school’s welding machine, to fabricate a stand for the water tank. The tank will then be installed and connected to the water La Trinidad National High School Water Tank Project – Philippinessource and to the school distribution system.

Water Charity funds will pay for the materials, including steel bars, cement, gravel and sand, galvanized iron pipe, fittings and faucets, and the 10-drum plastic water tank.

The labor will be provided by the community and teachers, as will the food for the workers.

Project Impact
500 students and 21 teachers and employees will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Steven Klimberg

La Trinidad National High School Water Tank Project – PhilippinesComments
The project will provide an ample supply of water for the needs of the students during the entire year, and will have an impact on the health and wellbeing of the students and staff.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$400.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$100.00 - This project has received major funding through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation, with the expectation of additional donations from the friends, family, and supporters of the Peace Corps Volunteer.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify the Peace Corps Volunteer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

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

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Santa Teresa Elementary School Sanitation Project - Philippines

Location
Malilipot, Albay Province, Philippines

Community DescriptionSanta Teresa Elementary School Sanitation Project - Philippines
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 which 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 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

Santa Teresa Elementary School Sanitation Project - PhilippinesAt 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 benefit 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

Comments
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
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

ADOPT THIS PROJECT BY CONTRIBUTING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT NEEDED BELOW

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 Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$555.00


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Panarayon Water Project – Philippines

Panarayon Water Project – Philippines

Panarayon Water Project – Philippines

Location
Panarayon, Bacacay, Albay, Luzon, Philippines

Community Description
The project is located in the barangay (community) of Panarayon, Bacacay in the province of Albay. The specific area of Panarayon for completion of this project includes Puroks (areas) 1, 2, and 3. Access to clean water is not available within a reasonable distance to residents in these areas.

Bacacay is a well-known tourist destination in the Albay province with popular beaches and a large number of visitors, especially in the summertime. The areas furt

her inland are quite the opposite from the coastal destinations. Many areas inland are comprised of people well below the poverty line. Panarayon is one of several portions of Bacacay that is in the Children International-covered area due to the large number of impoverished children and families.

Project Description
The Panarayon water project is to install 4 water pumps across 3 rural areas in Bacacay, Albay, where clean water is not readily accessible.

Residents in these areas include families of Children International-sponsored youth and families of the general population. Community volunteers surveyed and determined that the three sections of Panarayon that are most in need include Puroks (areas) 1, 2, and 3. Each of the locations for water pump installation was selected by the Children International/community volunteers based on the areas most in need and with the largest number of residents living in each area without access to running water.

The water pump locations are centralized in residential neighborhoods along common walking paths that local residents access daily. None of the pumps will be on private property and all residents in each area will have access to the water.

Panarayon Water Project – PhilippinesThe project will begin with the digging of 3 water wells (Purok 1 has a water well source already constructed) and then the assembly and installation of 4 water pumps. This work will include the digging of trenches, placement and laying of ground pipes, and then installation of the final pitcher pump.

Overseen and advised by a general contractor, community volunteers will undertake 100% of the project labor. Children International Field Officers will also assist with monitoring and implementation.

Funding assistance will go to the purchase of all materials and supplies while the community will undertake 100% of the project labor. Materials include: pitcher pump (4pcs), GI pipes, gravel, sand, cement, steel bars (10mm and 8mm), and wood lumber (2x4x10). A small percentage of the funding will go towards technical support and oversight of construction process.

Project Impact
Over 150 residents of 3 communities will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Chris Economon

 

Comments
This is a high-impact project that will result in safe water for several communities. There is a large participation by the villagers, leading to sustainability into the future.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify the Peace Corps Volunteer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

 

 

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GCM Bathroom Project – Philippines

GCM Bathroom Project – Philippines
Location
Sitio Boso Boso, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Philippines

Community Description
Grace Christian Mission (GCM) is a "bahay ampunan," a 24-hour residential home for boys and girls ranging from ages 5-18. This NGO is located in Boso Boso, Antipolo City, and is in proximity to the capital city of Manila. In spite of its close distance to the Philippines’ largest city, Boso Boso is a rural agricultural community, composed largely of rice and subsistence farmers. The community is generally of low socio-economic status.

The center houses a maximum of 70 children and youth. Licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Grace Christian Mission cares for indigent orphans, half-orphans, abandoned and neglected children, products of broken families, and minority children of the indigenous “Dumagat” people. The children are referred to the home by DSWD, by their own relatives, or by other caring community members, so that the children’s needs— for food, proper shelter, healthcare, and education— may be met.

GCM Bathroom Project – Philippines Through their residency at GCM, the children learn skills to become productive adults and leaders in their community. Regular activities such as life skills, daily tutorials, group therapy, recreational activities, livelihood projects, and daily devotion aim to enhance the children’s physical, psycho-social, intellectual, and moral wellbeing.

GCM also plays an ever-increasing role in community welfare, from hosting cosmetology courses to leading HIV/AIDS prevention seminars.

Since the home was built in 1992, the quality of the two bathrooms (one for male residents, one for female residents) has deteriorated significantly. The bathrooms hold excess standing water and waste water as a result of the poor drainage system, and can be breeding grounds for disease.

Project Description

This project is to renovate two bathrooms at the center. The primary focus will be on improving the drainage systems (which are not deep enough and are easily clogged) and replacing the damaged flooring with new tile.

Additionally, the bathroom stalls will be renovated, as there are presently no separate places for bathing and waste elimination. Three of the six bathroom stalls in each bathroom will be converted into bathing rooms by removing the toilets and adding faucets for bathing purposes. Finally, basic doors will be added for necessary privacy.

Renovations will be conducted by local contract plumbers from the community.

GCM Bathroom Project – Philippines GCM will provide for the cost of labor and for the replacement tiles.

Appropriate Projects funds will be used to purchase cement, plywood, faucets, pipes, and other construction supplies.

Project Impact
This project will benefit the health of the 70 children and 10 staff, and also numerous guests, sponsors, and donors who visit the home on a regular basis.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jessica Friedman

Comments
These renovations are central to providing safe and clean bathrooms for the children. In addition, they will ensure that the center has safe, clean, appropriate facilities for residents and the community.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica Friedman of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Jessica and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

 

 

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CSWDO Youth Detention Facility Water Project - Philippines

CSWDO Youth Detention Facility Water Project - PhilippinesLocation
Barangay Mangingisda, Purok Pagluan Zone 4, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines

Community Description
Palawan is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City.

Barangay Mangingisda, which translates to fisherman’s village, is located across the Puerto Princesa Bay from the City’s downtown proper. Travel to the barangay requires either a 30-40 minute banca (wooden catamaran) ride to the Mangingisda wharf followed by a tricycle ride to the Rehabilitation Center, or a 1 hour multi-cab ride on mixed road types including highways and dirt roads.

The isolated barangay community is composed of fisherman, small store owners, and laborers who commute to the city each day. The barangay has its own elementary school, high school, small satellite health care clinic as well as a variety of churches for different faiths.

CSWDO Youth Detention Facility Water Project - PhilippinesOne of the major developments in this barangay is a government housing project begun in 2007 to house city residents who lost their homes to fire or were forced to move due to new government construction projects.

In this remote barangay, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has begun construction of a Youth Rehabilitation Center that will serve Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) and Children at Risk (CAR) who are defined as children who have an ongoing court case, have been abused, abandoned, neglected and/or are out of school youth, street children or gang members.

To date the CSWDO has constructed the first building which will serve as a Youth Detention Facility. The Master Plan of the CSWDO is the eventual construction of an Administration building, a separate long-term Child at Risk Center, an Abused Girls Center, Rehabilitation Center, and a Vocational Center.

Project Description
This project is to purchase and install an electric water pump to provide running water to the Youth Detention Facility and to establish an Organic Farming Center (OFC).

CSWDO Youth Detention Facility Water Project - PhilippinesThe electric pump will provide running water to the center's bathrooms and kitchen. The facilities were constructed to accommodate running water but the current set-up requires staff to rely on a hand-operated pump that was damaged by shifting soil and often becomes dry in the summer season.

The OFC will be the first cornerstone in providing rehabilitative services to clients while providing food for the center and community. The garden will serve a variety of purposes as an outdoor classroom where clients can learn personal life skills, business skills as well as vocational skills.

The garden will also provide residents and staff with fresh produce which, in bulk, is currently only accessible in the distant city proper. As the garden is expanded, excess produce will be sold to the local community members who lack a major marketplace near their homes.

The CSWDO requested assistance to construct a new well from the City Engineer office. It was approved and they have successfully constructed a new well to a depth of 27 feet, including a cement casement around the descending water pipes to prevent future damage.

With funds from Water Charity, the CSWDO will purchase a new electric water pump, pump attachments, piping and wiring needed to install the pump and connect it to the center and also bring water to the garden area.

Future projects will include the construction of a ferro-cement water tank to store both pumped water and rain water.

Project Impact
This project will benefit will benefit 2,503 people, including 15 children and 8 staff from the Children in Conflict with the Law Detention Facility, 65 children and 15 staff from the Children in Conflict with the Law Rehabilitation Facility, and 2,400 people from the nearby community.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Matt Klebes

Comments
This small project is necessary to satisfy the water needs of the facility.

Larger quantities of fresh vegetables will improve the health and diets of both clients and staff.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed

$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Matt Klebes of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Matt and/or those other PCVs in the country of service.

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

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Rehoboth Children’s Home Rainwater Catchment Project - Philippines

Rehoboth Children’s Home Rainwater Catchment Project - Philippines

Location
Santa Maria, Camiling, Luzon, Philippines

Community Description
Santa Maria, Camiling, is a small rural farming community in the central Luzon region of the Philippines.

Rehoboth Children’s Home, Inc. (RCHI) is a nonprofit, non-government organization that currently cares for 49 male and female youth between the ages of 8-20 who have been orphaned, abandoned, or neglected by their families.

Residential homes like Rehoboth are very common in the Philippines. RCHI struggles to meet challenges that many young people face growing up in the community. Rehoboth arranges for each resident to attend school through college. The staff also implements additional learning 

Rehoboth Children’s Home Rainwater Catchment Project - Philippines

through life skills activities, literacy programs, and livelihood projects to prepare the resident for independent living.

Rehoboth strives to demonstrate the many ways youth can protect the environment through participation in an organic learning farm, tr

ee-planting community projects, and other activities at the home.

At the time of construction, the female residential facility of Rehoboth was catering to fewer female residents, and ample washing areas were installed. Over the years, the number of females residing at the home has increased. Meanwhile, the use of the facilities for school and community activities has impacted on the access of the residents to a convenient place to wash clothes, wash dishes, and take showers.

Project Description
This project will provide additional water sources, to be used for washing, bathing, cleaning, and irrigating plants, for the growing number of female residents and staff of Rehoboth.

Three rainwater catchment systems will be built in an outdoor corridor location which is ideal for collecting and utilizing natural rainfall during the lengthy rainy season.

In addition, two faucets, a washing table and sink, and electric lighting will be installed.

Rehoboth Children’s Home Rainwater Catchment Project - PhilippinesProject funds will be used to purchase materials, and to hire a local contractor to do the plumbing and other skilled work.

Project Impact
This project will directly benefit the 41 members of Rehoboth's facility for females, including staff and residents. The new area will also be used by the many visitors who attend seminars, workshops, meetings and celebrations hosted by Rehoboth.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Leah Ferrebee

Comments
Leah previously successfully completed the Rehoboth Children’s Home Water Project – Philippines.

This project will provide needed services for the residents and staff, and also serve as a model of best practices for the youth.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional amounts for future projects.

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity Vocus Inc., Manila Office, which also contributed additional amounts for future projects.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Leah Ferrebee of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Leah and/or those of other PCVs in the country.

 

 

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

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