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Talangka Elementary School is located in Talangka Village, which is a rural community in the Santa Maria District with the Laguna, Philippines area. Like most of the villages in the region, local residents earn a living from farming crops, while others make paper mosaic handicrafts that are sold in markets. Most families are living below poverty line.
The village and the school have access to the local water district as their main source of drinking water. However, it is not guaranteed safe for drinking - especially after typhoons when the risk of water contamination is high. There are reports of diarrhea and tummyaches among students.
Teachers are buying bottled water from a nearby water station just to help student attendance and focus on education. The money they spend is their own and they have been wishing that someday, generosity and kindness will help them acquire a water filtration system. They are very thankful that Planet Water Foundation and Starbucks are providing the AquaTower system.
Beneficiaries (Students): 206
Village Population: 2,600
Number of Households: 464
Cluster and Country: Santa Maria, Laguna, Philippines
"I really want our school to have clean drinking water so that I won’t have tummy aches anymore. My school allowance is spent largely on buying bottled water. When I have no money anymore, I just drink from the tap although I know it is not safe."
- Cyzie Tagle, fourth grade student
"I’d be very happy if the school would be given an AquaTower because two of my children go there. We spend 120 pesos ($2.40 US) a week to buy filtered water, which is a huge amount because we don’t have a regular income. My children sometimes complain of tummy aches when they drink water from school."
- Alma Tagle, mother of two students
"The water here has discoloration - especially after typhoon season. I tell my students to bring water from home, but if they don’t bring water, then they get diarrhea from drinking the water here."
- Catherine Sanchez, sixth grade teacher
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