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Now more than ever, there are schools in Claveria and Donsol that need our help too.
Claveria is a 3rd class municipality located at Burias Island in the province of Masbate. Based on the 2015 census, it has a population of 43,693, politically subdivided into 22 barangays. One of these barangays is Boca Engano - a coastal barangay that depends on agriculture and fisheries as sources of livelihood. With 420 upland and mainland households, Boca Engano is the only barangay in Claveria which does not have its own water system. Residents can only source water from four deep wells, which service the entire barangay, and of which only one can be used to source drinking water.
The Boca Engano Elementary School is located at the hilly part of the barangay, with a distance of 150 meters from the barangay proper and an elevation of around 30 degrees. The 13 teachers and 350 students cannot source water from within the elementary school. Water still has to be fetched by the students from the nearest deep well in the barangay, and during the summer, these deep wells suffer from water supply shortage. Sometimes, water has to be transported by habal-habal (single motorbike) going up to the school for P10 per container.
With the global COVID-19 pandemic spreading all over the Philippines, access to water has never been more important. In order for Boca Engano residents to be healthy and safe from the virus, proper washing and hygiene protocols need to be followed, which means that they would need consistent sources of water. During this period that we are experiencing as a nation, access to water is crucial for survival, and we want to be able to provide rainwater collectors to Boca Engano so they would not have to go through this difficult situation.
All the construction materials needed for the rainwater collectors, including the water used for cement mixing, have to be transported by habal-habal to the school. The rainwater collector has the capacity to collect 3 cubic meters of rainwater, and each collector takes a maximum of 3 days to be built.
With your help, we can install two rainwater collectors at the Boca Engano Elementary School in Claveria, and two more rainwater collectors at the Mabini Elementary School and Cabugao National High School in Donsol, Sorsogon - two schools in Donsol who are also experiencing the same problem. Together, let’s #ChangeTheEnding once again for the teachers and students of these schools, and let us support the lives of those who need us the most.
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