Safe Sanitation and Food Security for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors
We will provide low-cost pour-flush toilets for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Tacloban City. The City is totally wiped-out with 95% of the structures flattened to the ground. Safe sanitation is one of the urgent needs but this will be overlooked by international aid since the concentration of the support will be on food, shelter, medicines, communications and to bury the dead. We are experts in sanitation work having supported Typhoon Washi survivors in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities in 2011.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Super Typhoon Haiyan is 3.5 greater than Hurricane Katrina and it lays waste vast cities in the Philippines flattening thousands and thousands of houses and killing more than 10,000 people. The urgent need at present is safe sanitation especially toilets and this important support will be left out as international and local aid will be focused on food, medicines, shelter and to bury the countless dead. Our project in installing low-cost sanitation for communal use will be very urgent need.
How will this project solve this problem?
The toilets will be used in a communal manner in that several families in one location will use it and manage it properly. The toilet will be equipped with hygiene kits and water supply. The project will help control open defecation in the area because open defecation will be one of the problems that may spawn the spread of water-borne diseases, thereby multiplying disaster if this is not solved. We can rapidly install 5-8 communal toilets in one day.
We aim to provide safe sanitation and prevent the spread of water-borne diseases in the devastated areas. This is a very urgent need.
The hygiene kits will comprise soap for general use and for bath, toothbrush and toothpaste. This is important in order to prevent the spread of diseases and provide for general well-being. The starter vegetable seeds will comprise green, leafy vegetables that the survivors can easily grow in their backyards and will provide food security as short-term vegetables can be harvested in 18 days.
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