Partners in the Phillippines install water purifiers

 

Water drinking station at dental clinic 6A lot has been done, but there is still work to do in the Philippines. Read about our work to come in the Philippines and how you can be a part of it.

Last Friday marked 100 days since the Philippines was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. While the island nation is still in the midst of a long recovery, signs of healing are beginning to show.

In December, a team of three from WaterStep traveled to Cebu City, Philippines to set up a water training center in the aftermath of the typhoon that devastated much of the country. At the training center, 150 people from 47 organizations were trained, and thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, every organization went home with a free water purifier to install in a community.

Since the WaterStep team left, our partner organizations have been installing water purifiers and sending in photos and videos. See the faces of some of the people who are making a difference in their own communities thanks to access to safe water.

The installation below is from Loon, Bohol. Loon was among the hardest hit towns in the earthquake that hit the Philippines in October 2013, three weeks before Super Typhoon Haiyan sent many of the earthquake refugees back to evacuation centers just as they were beginning to recover.

After the typhoon, the patients at Bantayan District Hospital on Bantayan Island, pictured below, did not have any safe water source. A full mobile water system with bladder tanks, which was donated in memory of Kentuckian Glenn Smith, was installed by hospital staff.

Across Bantayan Island from the hospital, the group Bantayan Aid installed another water purifier in the community of Pata.

And then there is this water purifier at Pasil Elementary school in Cebu, Philipppines, which was installed by engineering and dental students from University of Louisville last December (watch the video from the installation). Photos below are from Shoji Castillo, who set up drinking water stations that serviced the 1600 people that came to a dental clinic at the elementary school last week. The mobile M-100 chlorine generator water purifier is moved from drinking stations all around the school.

The video below comes from Leyte Island, where Ping-Ping Molon traveled after being trained at WaterStep’s training center in Cebu City. In the video Ping-Ping says of her home, “Even prior to the typhoon, our place did not have access to a clean, safe water source.”

 

Elsewhere on Leyte Island, the Springs Foundation installed this water purifier.

Visit the WaterStep Philippines Facebook page for more photos and videos.

A lot has been done, but there is still work to do in the Philippines. Read about our work to come in the Philippines and how you can be a part of it.

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