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Thanks to donors like you, our Second Phase in the Philippines is in action. Last week, we packaged and shipped even more chlorinators to the areas most affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

In January, our team responded by sending 60 chlorine generators and a team of three to train more than 150 individuals, representing 47 different nonprofits and organizations. However, the need is still great.

Our second phase of work in the Philippines will bring safe water to even more people. Stay tuned on our blog to hear more about these emergency water purification kits and the people they are impacting.

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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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How You Can Keep Up With Our Work in the Philippines

Our work in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan did not end when our team returned. We have been excited to hear back from locals in the Philippines who have been trained and continue to provide safe water to more people. With 61 WaterStep Chlorine Generators in the field, we hope you are anxious to hear our follow-up and continue to see success stories unfold from those whose lives are being impacted. Here are some ways to continue to stay updated.

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First, you can be sure to check out the WaterStep Philippines Facebook page, which is dedicated to displaying stories of work we are doing in the Philippines. For each chlorinator we sent, we have asked the recipients to upload an album showing their installation and labeled by the location it is being installed. With several albums already posted and more on the way, this is a great way to stay updated on how the chlorine generator is saving lives. Check out the albums.

Additionally, we have mapped the locations where installations have occurred. Check out the map to see the reach we have had in the Philippines. As more chlorine generators are installed, our map will expand to represent each one, and we will add stories and photos as we receive them.

Continue to follow our blog and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  We care about sharing our stories with you. Together, we are saving lives with safe water.

Our work in the Philippines is not over. With your support, we can send more chlorine generators into the disaster stricken areas and help the thousands who are still without safe drinking water. To learn more and donate, go to our Philippines Projects Page.

Typhoon in Philippines Disaster Relief Work – Wrap Up

As we wrap up our time in the Philippines, we are grateful for the people who have helped along the way. While in the Philippines, we trained 155 individuals representing 47 different organizations, including faith-based organizations, sustainable water advocates, and members of the military and medical organizations. Check out our video to see a recap of our time working with the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and keep up with the blog to see how you can continue to help in the Philippines. Check out the Courier Journal’s wrap up story, here. 

Students add safe water to their dental work in the Philippines

A team of students from University of Louisville installed WaterStep’s M-100 water purifier at Paril School in the Philippines, where they traveled this past week to set up a dental clinic. In this area, juice and soda is cheaper than water, and safe water was key to the UofL students’ dental work. This installation was part of a wider initiative to bring disaster relief to the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Video and photos by Kylene White.

To learn more about what WaterStep is doing in the Philippines, including all media updates, visit our Philippines page.

For the latest news, check back here on the WaterStep blog, which will be updated regularly while our team is on the ground. Follow WaterStep on Twitter @WaterStep, using the hashtag #WSHaiyan. Follow Courier-Journal reporter and WaterStep team member Chris Kenning @ckenning_cj for updates from the field.

For donations made in Canada, visit our partners Water Ambassadors Canada online to receive a Canadian tax receipt.

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