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Right to water!

The sixth sustainable development goal considers the availability and affordable management of water and sanitation for all as a fundamental right. This claim is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and, more recently, it has been reaffirmed by the United Nations General Assembly who appeals to the national Governments to promote this issue and take it forward (The Right to Development, A/RES/54/175, 15 February 2000).

Nowadays, the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) reports that Asian and Pacific Countries are slightly improving the drinking water availability (Asian Water Development Outlook 2016). Anyway, the available data in 2016 highlights that access to water supplies is still an existing problem in this area. Approximately one billion and seven hundred thousand people cannot get access to appropriate sanitation and, considering the skyrocketing increase of population in this area within 2050, affordable management of clean water is becoming more and more urgent.

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The Philippine’s National Water Resources Board (NWRB), according to the Water Code of the Philippines approved in 2005, states the free use of water for purely domestic purposes, like drinking, cleaning and cooking. This legislation is an improvement for the poorer strata of society; however, these efforts are not enough.

Improving drinking-water supply remains a priority in the poorer areas of the Philippines who are particularly vulnerable as a consequence of their economy mainly rural , the large amount of people and the devastating impact of recurring natural catastrophes.

Everybody should help to reach the goal – National Governments, International Organisations, International Cooperation Agencies and private investors. A free catch-all service is needed and it should be granted for all, including discriminated groups as sentenced by international human rights law.

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Kito Onlus works for this very purpose planning to build pit-toilets and sinks in thirteen schools in Mindoro Island to provide kids’ sanitation. The project is finalized to eradicate children’s diseases that may infect also their families and communities.

To learn more: Outcome of the international experts’ meeting on the right to water, Paris, 7 and 8 July 2009, UNESCO.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Since 1994, 9 August is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The United Nations proclaimed 2019 “International Year of Indigenous Languages” to raise awareness on the risks facing these languages which continue to disappear every year at an alarming rate. They are crucial in the area of human rights protection, sustainable development and peace building, through ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

indigenous peopleThere are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest.

Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights.

IYIL2019_visual_extra2_en-1100x733Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have always been violated. Indigenous peoples today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. For this reason the international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life.

16-1100x733Also Kito works with a special care to the indigenous people of the Philippines and their rights: on Mindoro Island, where the new project to build pit latrines in 13 elementary schools is starting, 60% of the population is Mangyan, meaning that they are part of the indigenous tribes traditionally living on the island in conditions of great poverty. Kito’s project aims at giving access to basic hygiene to more than 1800 children, mainly Mangyan, and improving the health conditions of their families and communities.

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.


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.


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:


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.


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