TWO SIXTH-GRADERS DONATE HYGIENE, DRINKING FACILITIES TO BENEFIT 5,300 STUDENTS

LINGAP ESKWELA IN LAGUNA: Remember the sixth graders who raised funds for a WASH project last May? These teens have turned over hygiene and drinking facilities to help students in a public school in the South!

Last May, Crae Sehwani and Steve Macdonald, both sixth-graders, raised PHP 180K and dedicated the proceeds to the construction of hygiene and drinking facilities for Jacobo Z. Gonzales National High School (JZGNHS) in Biñan, Laguna. Advocating on water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Crae and Steve reached out to MWF to help students in a public school in Laguna to have a facility where students can daily wash their hands, brush their teeth and drink clean, safe and potable water from.

Ayala Foundation, Apl.de.Ap and the Pampanga Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), reached out to families in Floridablanca which was also badly hit by the quake. Six hundred (600) families from Barangay Nabuclod who have lost their homes and who have no nearby water source, received sleeping mats and 5-gallon water per family. 

According to resident Gina, getting to a water source—a spring and a groundwater pump—is difficult because it is an hour’s trek and they have no means to boil the water as they have evacuated to the barangay covered court. Gina was doing farm work when the earthquake happened. She recounted how the earth rumbled, and that she is afraid to go back to the field to work, thinking about the possibility that another earthquake will happen. More than a hundred (100) of these families have no homes to go back to.

A total of 5,400 students, faculty and staff will enjoy the new facilities and benefit from a healthier lifestyle—thanks to Crae and Steve. Are you also an advocate of WASH? Partner with us! Email us at foundation@manilawater.com

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