Xylem Watermark & Project 24 : Suplang, Philippines

Xylem Watermark & Project 24 : Suplang, Philippines

Xylem Watermark supported Planet Water Foundation and Project 24 to bring clean water to thousands of people across five countries including Cambodia, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines in 24 hours

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Summary

Xylem Watermark sponsored 6 projects as part of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24, an ambitious undertaking on World Water Day, to build 24 clean water filtration systems (AquaTowers) in 24 communities across five countries; Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Colombia - in just 24 hours. These projects reached a total of 6,000 people including the 2,739 children who attend the participating schools. 27 Xylem volunteers assisted in the construction of the community-based water systems, which will bring clean water to the world's most disadvantaged communities.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 8:00am

Project 24: Suplang, Philippines

Makiling Village is situated in an industrial area and most of the locals work as factory workers. Street stalls and agriculture are the other livelihoods of the local community members. The water supply in Makiling Elementary School, as well as in the households in the surrounding area, is from the water district, however it is untreated and creates a risk for the children and family who consume it.

Ms. Alarde, a 5th grade teacher at Makiling Elementary School, shared that malnutrition due to poverty is the greatest challenge in the village. There is a feeding program in the school for the children affected, but it is not enough because some of them do not have clean water at home. With the help of the AquaTower, they will have a source of clean water, which can be used for cooking and drinking. Ms. Alarde also noted that, “There are cultural minority groups in our village. They are the ones who need most attention, especially when it comes to water access and health education.”

“Extreme poverty keeps some of the villagers from having access to safe drinking water. The AquaTower will solve this problem because the children, regardless of their background, will be able to drink clean water whenever they are in school.” 
- Mr. Ocampo, School Headmaster

See the complete article via planet-water.org 

 

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