Pumping Up Healthier Lives through Access To Clean Water
Committed to improving standards of living in rural Mindanao, the AMORE Program implements Safe Water projects that aim to provide access to safe, clean water to rural communities through construction of community-based potable water systems (PWS) and water disinfection trainings.
From 2004 to 2009 over 5,000 households benefited from the ten potable water systems constructed and water disinfection trainings held by the Program in different parts of Mindanao. To deliver access to safe water to communities, AMORE utilize the most suitable PWS technology depending on the community’s environment and resources. The types of systems already constructed were rainwater catchment, spring-fed gravity type PWS, and solar-powered water pump. Community members are trained on various water disinfection technologies such as solar and chemical disinfection methods.
Community members celebrate the benefits of AMORE's Safe Water project. Reduced distances and time spent for fetching water, increased savings from potable water expenditure, reduced incidence of malaria and water-borne diseases in children, and increase in productive hours are just some of the benefits acclaimed by community residents. Read here for more stories on the ground.
The Safe Water project has successfully engaged organizations from the public and non-profit sectors. The Japan Embassy-Manila, the British Embassy-Manila, the World Bank (through its Mindanao Trust Fund), and non-profit Peace and Equity Foundation have all been of great assistance to the Safe Water project implementation.
Going beyond safe water
For Phase 3, AMORE goes beyond providing rural communities access to safe water, and adds provision of basic sanitation facilities and a good hygiene advocacy to its projects in support of healthier lives for rural communities.
AMORE's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project includes the provision of safe water access to communities, and the development of rural schools as centers for sanitation and hygiene in the community. Simple water system technologies, e.g. any level 1 water system or rainwater harvesting facilities, and sanitation facility such as latrines and washing troughs are constructed in rural schools to address the safe water needs of school children.
The sanitation and hygiene advocacy endeavors to promote basic practices that would improve health and well-being of the community. The campaign includes proper hand washing, against open defecation, watershed management, composting, solid and liquid waste management, water conservation, among others.
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