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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.

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.

Banilad school: a model for education design!

One of Kito Onlus’ most successful project is the reconstruction of the Banilad Elementary School in the Mindoro Island, Philippines. The school, inaugurated one year ago, was rebuilt after the Nona typhoon thanks to a Kito Onlus’ project, supported by Otto per Mille Valdese and Architetti Senza Frontiere Veneto.

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The new building, made up of 3 classrooms and almost 200 sqm, was projected to resist typhoons and it was built using local materials such as coconut wood, sawali, and bamboo’s fiber panels. Moreover, the project was carried out following the good practices of construction in areas hit by typhoons and with the great collaboration of local volunteers. This last aspect in particular let us hope that the project will not only give children a school, but also give  the entire community reconstruction techniques useful for future natural disasters.

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Our gratest satisfaction is having contributed with our project to a long period goal: give a reconstruction model which will make the community more independent and ready to respond to a future emergency!

A new project to guarantee the basic hygiene to Filipino children!

62.5% of people around the world don’t have access to safe sanitation and according to Save the Children 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet. In the view of these, among the sustainable development’s goals it was included ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Kito Onlus is trying to help reaching this goal with the construction of pit-latrines in 13 schools in the Mindoro Island in the Philippines. The project was born of the construction of pit-latrines and lavatories in the Banilad school in the Mindoro Island too, made possible through the great participation of local volunteers and the good funds management.

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This new project, which will benefit 2,145 students, aims at guaranteeing the basic hygiene and at reducing the population’s vulnerability. Indeed, guaranteeing the basic hygiene through pit-latrines and lavatories, children’s diseas will decrease and therefore their families and the entire community will benefit (15,500 people in the barangays and 85,800 if we consider the 3 municipalities involved).

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