Clean Water for Philippines Schools

September 28, 2015

by Ron Orcajada, Household Water Program Manager, Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan's Purse water projects are making a difference in lives of students in the Philippines.

Everyone loves a celebration! Almost 190 students from Guindag-An Elementary School in the Philippines were all smiles during a Samaritan Filter turnover ceremony.  They enjoyed games and presentations that taught them how to properly use the newly installed Samaritan Filter (which supplies all the safe water needed each day for as many as 225 students), latrines and handwashing station.

It has been over 18 months since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the municipality of Tanauan in Letye, where Guindag-An Elementary School is located.  More than 90 percent of Leyte’s schools were fully or partially damaged.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada has using donations from Canadians like you to help communities recover stronger than before.   One area of focus has been the recovery of schools where we address water, sanitation, and hygiene issues.  

In Canada, we take for granted that our children go to schools that have safe water, and bathrooms that are convenient to use.   This year, to date, generous Canadian donors helped 21 schools in Leyte by installing Samaritan Filters. We also rebuild or construct latrines and provide convenient hand washing stations. 

As well, we spend time in each school promoting hand washing and brushing teeth.  The turnover ceremony caps off for the hard work done by all.  As you can see, it’s a fun time for all.  

Everyone should smile and laugh more often – just like these students – as they celebrate safe water for their school!

You can help more schools in the Philippines.  Visit and find out how.