Clean drinking water supply will help recovery from severe flooding
“Despite the difficulties our village is facing, I am still constantly wearing a cheerful face and keeping an optimistic outlook. As a teacher assigned in far-flung area, I always go back to my love for my work. I get inspiration from my students who are patiently waiting for me each day in order for them to learn. I have no other wish but for them to have better health through clean drinking water.”- Shairah, Kindergarten Teacher
Lodged in the remote mountains of the northern Samar region of the Philippines, the people of Magsaysay are among the poorest –earning a meager living by selling rocks for housing and construction needs. After a two-hour-long hike or an hour and-a-half boat ride from Jipapad, one will reach the village of Magsaysay and come to appreciate the hardship of its residents who are still digging their homes, buildings and school out from a massive mudslide that devastated the people in November of 2018.
The community was evacuated under emergency orders because there is a history of mudslides in the region when heavy rains are no longer absorbed by the terrain. Steep slopes gave way shortly after the evacuation order was issued, covering the mountainside village with heavy mud. The majority of villagers are still living in a small gymnasium that has been converted to serve as a community relocation shelter, with some people still dealing with the fear rain will come again to make their lives more difficult and further pollute their already very poor and dangerous drinking water sources.
Flooding is a seasonal expectation in the village from September to February, and after the rain season begins, the water table fills with contaminants and makes the people sick