WASH before I go

I’m not entirely sure of the ins and outs of my assignment, but as a Health Project volunteer, I will be based in Makati City, Metro Manila assisting the team in the health, nutrition and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programme.

Save the Children’s WASH team works to support newborn and child survival in emergencies through the provision of community-level water supply and sanitation, backed up with coordinated hygiene promotion. Additionally, Save the Children’s WASH work boosts education, health and nutrition outcomes by providing water and sanitation infrastructure at institutional level.

This video sums it up nicely – and makes you appreciate what we have ‘on tap’.



Natural calamities in the Philippines

With only 2 WEEKS TO GO we have been given some pre departure information which has been enlightening. We are advised:

When visiting and working in disaster sites it is highly recommended that visitors wear sturdy footwear and bring raincoats or umbrella


The unique weather condition in the Philippines makes the country more susceptible to cyclones and typhoons. The formation of the cold front changes the interaction of the northwest (Amihan) and southwest (Habagat) monsoons; its convergence around the months of June-August and September-November promotes the development of typhoons. An ordinary cold front condition can already bring abnormal rain which can cause massive flooding. An average of 20 typhoons visits the Philippines every year; five of these are usually super typhoons with devastating effects on people and properties. Tropical cyclones with intense rainfall or prolonged rain spell trigger landslides, storm surges, flash floods and liquefaction in many parts of the country including Metro Manila causing more danger to the lives of people. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which occurred in November 2013 has superseded those in the past and is considered to be the strongest typhoon recorded in global history.


The Philippines lies in between two major tectonic plates of the earth called the Pacific and the Eurasia plates which are characterized by active generators or fault lines. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the Philippines experiences 2.4 quakes a day and 887 quakes annually.

The 7.2 Bohol earthquake on October 15, 2013 was a blind fault and was not included in the monitoring lens of PhiVolcs.

The resilience of the Filipino’s to keep bouncing back time after time is truly remarkable…and I’m sure without raincoats, umbrellas and sturdy footwear.


Next stop and last blog from the UK….Time to chill – a great relief! Speak soon, Alli 🙂





  1. Great video Ali. I am excited for you. You will do great things. And our building is earthquake proof according to the building code:)

    1. Thanks Maryanne! Glad to hear about our building – with my anti typhoon umbrella we should be ok! See you in 2 🙂

  2. Wow Alli, it looks amazing and daunting! What a challenge and adventure for you. You will be excellent!

    1. Thanks Amy! I agree with amazing and daunting…but really excited about the challenge ahead – I will keep you all posted…and keep the comments coming – love getting them!

  3. Excellent post, keep them coming! Found that an umbrella and flip-flops are essential travel items in the tropics. Though I guess flip flops do not match the sturdy footwear requirement!!

  4. Remember to have some food that don’t need to be heated or cooked. Electricity might be out when the typhoon hits the area. Oh and have hand sanitizer with you the whole time, especially when you’re visiting the fields 🙂

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