Almost 90% of gastro-intetestinal related dealths globally are due to unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation. Children under the age of 5 are particularly vulnerable. Most rural communities in the Philippines still lack access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation. People in remote villages typically travel long distances to fetch water, often from contaminated sources, while climate change and environmental degredation are presenting additional challenges to maintaing consistent water supply and healthy watersheds. The adoption of simple, innovative, locally available technologies presents a cost-effective, sustainable means of confronting these pressing challenges.
Building Climate Resilience in Water Stressed Communities (CREST) is a three and a half year program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) implemented by a team of NGOs: Green Empowerment, Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI), and the Philippines Center for Water and Sanitation (PCWS). Working with the Republic of the Philippines Local Government Units, the National Anti-Poverty Commission, other donors, and private sector partners, the program will bring potable water to 15,000 people in remote areas of Leyte and conflict-affected regions of Mindanao by 2016. CREST utilizes a community-based, participatory approach to deliver safe drinking water via hydraulic ram pump and other innovative water and sanitation technologies, ensuring long-term sustainability and resilience in the face of climate change.
Under the CRESTproject, USAID supports community participation in installing and operating water delivery, storage, and treatment systems that utilize renewable, locally manufactured appropriate technologies. Activities focus on building local capacity to technically and financially manage, maintain, and expand hydraulic ram pump powered water delivery systems and accompanying storage and treatment technologies.
The project is led by an interdisciplinary team of NGOs specializing in water and sanitation appropriate technologies and training. Green Empowerment coordinates overall program implementation, Alternative Indigenous Development Fund, Inc. (AIDFI) manufactures the award-winning ram pump while providing technical expertise and ongoing training for other NGOs and community members. The Philippines Center for Water and Sanitation (PCWS) compliments piped water supply with the incorporation of water treatment filters, rainwater harvesting tanks, and sanitation and hygiene training in each community.
The CREST project aims to accomplish the following by January 2016:
- Provide potable water to at least 15,000 people via hydraulic ram pump, rainwater harvesting tanks, and biosand filters, improving basic community health.
- Form and train 38 Community Water Associations on system operation, maintenance, and fee collection.
- Train 3,800 people in proper sanitation and hygiene procedures.
- Strengthen capacity of communities to operate, maintain and scale water treatment and sanitation technologies and facilities.
- Install at least 114 new latrines.
- Secure counterpart funding and local government support for additional latrines in each community.
- Build strong partnerships with local government units, Department of Health officials, other donors, and private sector partners for the sustainability and continued expansion of activites.
Bring potable water to 15,000 people in remote areas of Leyte and conflict-affected regions of Mindanao by 2016
August 2012 – January 2016
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Last updated: April 28, 2014