GiftingLife, a CSR initiative supported by Force 21, has been working with the Department of Education in the Philippines to assess the situation of schools where drinking water is not readily available. The results of the assessment will mainly support the project SAFE WATER FOR CHILDREN, a multi-stakeholder effort to provide inclusive access to clean and safe drinking water for all children through schools, barangays, health centers, and other community-gathering areas.
GiftingLife feels compelled to address the issue about diarrhea and water-borne infections being the 7th leading cause of disease and 10th leading cause of death for infants and children in the Philippines. This project aims to directly contribute to alleviating this problem by providing children access to safe drinking water and educating their parents and the community on proper water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH) practices.
The first goal is to form a reliable network of partners and stakeholders. This collaboration will help map the demand, bridge funding, deliver solutions, and gather or endorse support for the project. Everyone has an active role in social and community transformation, thus, government, private, and socio-civic organizations are invited to be part of it.
Aside from increasing access to safe drinking water, this project also aims to reduce the incidence of diseases and deaths due to unsafe drinking water or water sources. This will help reduce the total cost for families and communities that pay more or travel far, due to limited or no access to potable water. In terms of disaster, this increases the preparedness and resiliency of cities and communities towards access to safe drinking water during and after calamities and incidences from climate change or other environmental disasters. In total, it hopes to impact the well-being, livelihood, and over-all quality of life of children and their families through inclusive and community-centered water solution systems.
What we can do to help
The solution starts with awareness, followed by concerted action. GiftingLife uses the power of WHO-accredited technology to make water from any source – rain, rivers, lakes, creeks, and even unfiltered tap, to be easily converted to water that is clean and safe to drink. Work with us to advocate the solutions and teach communities more about water, hygiene and sanitation or WASH. A simple step is reaching us through our facebook page.
Do you know of any communities that can benefit from safe water solutions? Let us know! We are excited to work with you in bringing sustainable development. To help achieve clean and safe drinking water for all, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org