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Philippines (South-east Asia / Pacific Islands)

Battered by typhoons, the island of Samar struggles with poverty and typhoid outbreaks. Numerous water sources are condemned by the government as being unsafe for consumption. Many households  spend $5-7 a week on bottled water but earn only $2-3 daily. Roughly 40% of their income is spent on clean water in an impoverished area where they are struggling to put food on the table. To date, over 1100 people have received access to clean water with the Sawyer water filters we distributed in 2015.  In 2016 we look forward to expanding the work and providing more filters through your generous support. 

September 2015: Never underestimate the benefits of clean water. Having spent two weeks in the areas surrounding Borongan, Samar in the Philippine Islands, we saw first hand how badly water breeds disease. There was an outbreak of typhoid fever in several communities we visited. The families were more than thankful to receive a filter and willing to share with their neighbors. As David investigated water sources, he found numerous ones were condemned by the government as being unsafe for consumption. We realized many households were spending $5-7 a week on bottled water but earning only $2-3 daily. That’s roughly 40% of their income in an impoverished area where they are struggling to put food on the table. Over 1100 people received access to clean water and heard about the love of Jesus which not only improves their health, but puts a smile on their faces and joy in their hearts and ours! Honestly, we have never been in an area where so many people wanted to give their lives to Jesus. The two weeks was fruitful in many different ways and we hope to return to this area in the future.

Since we provided emergency relief after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (November 8, 2013), we have continued working in this country where people have amazingly resilient attitudes. Jocelyn Creer is from Tanauan, Leyte and she gives this report.

Over 1000 Sawyer PointONE™ water filters are giving not just emergency relief, but a sustainable solution for clean water. Partner with us in this ongoing effort.

In the Payatas Barangay of Manila next to the city dump, the water sources are mostly hand dug, open wells where the ground water has been contaminated by seepage from the dumpsite. One liter of bottled water costs 43 pesos and each worker earns approximately 35 pesos per day making clean water unaffordable. The Sawyer PointONE water filter was gratefully received as we did filter distribution. Thankfully, working conditions in the dumpsite are much improved and changes have been implemented to ensure safety and stability to the garbage mountain.

"Give water, Give life"

Clean Water for
the Philippines

Water Projects in Philippines