Green Empowerment and the Philippines

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 4:50 PM

Did you know that, according to an article written on Vice New, a reported 55 people die every day in the Philippines due to a lack of clean water and sanitation? According to the United Nations' Sustainable Development fund, "Every day nearly 10 million (or 1 in 10) Filipinos defecate in open places or use a plastic bag that is then thrown out with the trash." Due to the manner in which the waste is being discarded, the toxins and poisons are being seeped into their water and, as a result, the water is contaminated. Once the contaminated water is consumed, the people are then at risk of contracting several harmful and potentially deadly diseases.

Needless to say, this is an extremely dangerous problem. Fortunately, there are organizations such as Green Empowerment, that have taken the initiative to help the Philippines access to clean water.  According to the Green Empowerment website, "In August 2012, Green Empowerment and its partners in the Philippines received a $1.4 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to deliver simple, affordable clean drinking water technology to 24,000 people in remote areas of Zambale, Leyte, and conflict-affected regions of Mindanao by 2017. " Not only are they making a positive impact on the health of the people living in the Philippines, but they have managed to do it in a way that is kind and considerate of our environment. As noted on their website, this is done "...via hydraulic ram pumps and other innovative water and sanitation technologies that do not require electricity, ensuring long-term sustainability and resilience in the face of climate change. Without a doubt, this is an amazing initiative! To learn more about Green Empowerment and their work in the Philippines click here.


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