May 2019

5th June: World Environment Day

Today, 5th of June, also Kito Onlus takes part to the celebrations with over 100 countries for the World Environment Day!!!

World-Environment-Day-2019Since 1974, indeed, the 5th of June is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

The World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth; each person is free to choose what and how: at local, national or global level. Furthermore, each World Environment Day is organized around a theme: for 2019 it is “Beat Air Pollution” and the host country is China.

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Let’s stop for a moment and think about what each of us can do in our little but significant way to help the precious and wonderful environment where we live in and where the next generations will do as well: through constant and determined commitment we can make a difference!

Since the beginning Kito Onlus intervenes through projects in the Philippines in a careful and respectful way for the local environment, for example trying to involve as much as possible human and material resources already existing locally. This is really important in such a vulnerable country like Philippines that are hit every year by at least thirty natural disasters, including typhoons, floods and earthquakes.

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Arigoy Minority School, Mindoro Island (PH): one of the schools which will be equipped with sanitation system by Kito Onlus

The World Environment Day also draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of UN 2030 Agenda, where there are three Goals related to the environmental issue: the 13th – Climate Action, the 14th – Life Under Water, and the 15th – Life on Land. In all his projects Kito Onlus is focused on SDGs  to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Know more on 2019 World Environment Day: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

 

Our project survey at Mindoro’s elementary schools

To reach the schools must be walk and climb for about 2 hours on mud paths

Last April, our president Paola Vecchiato has been on Mindoro Island, in the Philippines, to survey and verify the conditions of the elementary schools and the communities where we are going to intervene through our next project aimed at providing water and sanitation to 13 schools of the island.

Signing the Agreement with the schools directors

We collected a lot of data, observed and took pictures of the actual conditions of the elementary schools around the municipalities of Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Abra de Ilog and San Antonio. In addition, it has been fundamental to speak directly with the teachers and directors of the schools in order to know the basic needs, the problems, but also the local resources.

Through the collected  info, now we better know about the facilities real situation where we are going to intervene and about the local resources, in order to plan our future activities.

Checking the archietctural project with the DEP ED Engineer

Our project can impact significantly the communities of Mindoro: in addition to guaranteeing adequate sanitation to 1.842 children between 5 and 12 years old direct beneficiaries, we aim at improving the health conditions of their families and of the whole community of about 15.517 people.

Kito Onlus for indigenous people in Mindoro

60% of Mindoro Island is inhabited by indigenous people. Mangyan is the general term to refer to the eight indigenous tribes present on the island: the Mangyan population in the Philippines is over 100.000.

MangyanChildrenGroup01-mediumPeople of these indigenous tribes are extremely impoverished and live in condition of strong social marginalization, further aggravated after they have been pushed away from their ancestral lands and excluded by agricultural activities. Many of them resort to do daily labour work, others stay in the streets begging or involved in informal economic activities.

Kito Onlus is active on the Island of Mindoro to improve the conditions of education and hygiene of children and consequently of their families, creating equal opportunities for everyone in the community and including also indigenous people. Since they form the largest quota of the island’s population, improving the condition of their rights and their inclusion in the society is fundamental.
Banilad childrenIn order to achieve this goal, Kito Onlus now is working on a project aimed at building latrines and lavatories in 13 Minority Elementary Schools spread in various zones in Mindoro Island. Through the use of these facilities, indeed, the aim is to improve the basic hygienic conditions of children, 2.145 direct beneficiaries, and  the health status of their families and communities, 15.500 indirect beneficiaries.

 

Finally Caldarola’s dream is coming true!

Much of Kito Onlus’ committement this year is to the project in Caldarola, an earthquake zone in the Marche region. The project provides for the construction of a multifunctional centre, which will be allocated to laboratories and activities for the entire community and in particular for children.

After last March meeting between Kito Onlus’ president, Paola Vecchiato, and Caldarola’s mayor Luca Giuseppetti, when the project started, it is successfully going on.

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The choice of a local company which uses local materials was for Kito Onlus crucial and in conformity with previous sustainable choices in projects in the Philippines.

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Here the area near the SAE (Soluzioni Abitative per l’Emergenza) village, where mining operations have started. As soon as the basement will be ready, the prefabricated wood structure will be build up!!

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