In light of continuing effects of cyclone damage in The Philippines, the Asia West Pacific Section has been able to direct funds to a much-needed water project on the island of Bohol, thanks to generous support from Friends from around the world.
Two elementary schools have been given water filters, delivered by contractor Abundant Water and warmly welcomed by the school principal and students. The project will improve the quality of water, provide access at a lower cost, and reduce plastics. Although FWCC is not an aid agency, sometimes situations have prompted an international response to support Friends and their neighbours.
Marj Angalot, AWPS assistant clerk, who is part of the Bohol Quaker Worship group said “Teachers are finding it very practical and beneficial especially during Bohol’s very hot summer season. Next is the process of establishing a network aligned to local action – which includes to train local women as vendors, providing them several water filters for the social business model, as well as to ensure the community have enough supply of clean water in the future.
Asia West Pacific Secretary Adrian Glamorgan reflected “With the Quaker United Nations Office working on a plastics pollution treaty, as well as climate justice and peaceful outcomes, at the international level, and Climate Action Network webinars for the section every two months, focusing on greater understanding and solutions, Bohol Friends and supporters are playing a local part in ‘closing the loop’ for environmental justice.”