Context

The Philippines is a country of 7000 islands, surrounded by water, where 8% of the population does not have any access to drinking water. A figure which is most likely underestimated as revealed by Gawad Kalinga NGO latest report. Gawad Kalinga produces titanic work in this country.

In this crisis context the NGO has requested our expertise to reach their main goal: lift 5 million Filipinos out of poverty by 2024. Initially, Gawad Kalinga wants to provide basic needs – the physiological ones on Maslow’s pyramid – and later on, social progress by bringing financial independence to families.

Their three priorities are to give a roof over everybody’s head and to provide people food and water. As you might guess, this is where we operate.

IN THE PHILIPPINES, DIARRHEA PROVOKED BY NON-DRINKING WATER CONSUMPTION REMAINS ONE OF THE MAIN CAUSES OF MORTALITY. IT CAUSES NEARLY 150,000 DEATHS PER YEAR. 

We undertook an exploratory mission within 7 Gawad Kalinga’s communities around Manila to study drinking water related issues.
During the whole project period, we have lived within the communities to better understand their daily difficulties: water supply, health consequences, economic implications, etc.
We have found out that each family spends around 35€ per month to get drinking water, which represents 10% of their salary!

DURING OUR STAY, WE ANALYSED TWENTY DIFFERENT SAMPLES OF WATER, FROM THE SOURCE TO THE TAP, AND THE OBSERVATION WAS THE SAME EVERYWHERE: THE WATER WAS NOT DRINKABLE.

As each field has its specificities, each community faces its own issues when it comes to water. Agricultural or industrial soil pollution can be responsible for contamination but also poor or inexistent maintenance of the distribution water network by public authorities. However, the result is the same: a total lack of drinking water access with significant health, environmental and economic consequences.
With Gawad Kalinga’s support, the next step is to build a range of solutions to address everyone’s issues and give a safe and sustainable access to drinking water to everyone.