The Camotes Islands are a remote part of the Philippines, divided by barangays (villages or districts). One of the hubs of each of these barangays are community birthing centers. Run by a local midwife these health centers are where most members of the community are born.
These birthing centers are reliant on municipal energy which is regularly shut off at scheduled times of day depending on the region. Unfortunately it is all but impossible to schedule a baby’s arrival. Babies are often born by the light of a flashlight.
In addition to the energy issues is water sanitation. The municipal water that runs through the centers’ pipes is not potable water. As the only water source for the centers, this leaves babies and new mothers susceptible to infection.
Already operating under less than optimal conditions many of the birthing centers were severely damaged by Typhoon Yolanda which swept through the Philippines in November 2013. Some of the birthing centers were left with leaky roofs, others were in need of complete renovation.WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL LONG TERM IMPACT?
A solar panel system was installed to provide reliable energy for the centers any time of day. Babies that make their entrance at night are no longer guided by a flashlight but from an overhead light above the birthing table. Each center is also able to provide clean water to its patients and reduce the risk of infection for babies and new moms.
Both the solar panel and water purification systems have the resiliency to operate after a natural disaster and reduce operating costs. Because we worked so closely with local talent, each birthing center has a team of local labor that are now skilled to maintain the systems.WHAT WAS THE PROJECT’S OUTCOME?
Sextant partnered with PROJECT HOPE; and the local barangay captains and communities to work on three of the more damaged birthing centers in the Camotes; Cawit, Moabog and Pilar. The first phase was structural, all three centers received new roofs and some concrete repair in order to ensure structural security. The next phase was innovation. The centers received new weather-resistant solar panel systems that included battery charging systems that store energy for ‘rainy days.’ Each center was then outfitted with a state-of-the-art rain water capture and ultraviolet filtration system for clean potable water.FUNDRAISING GOAL
Closed. | $20,000 | Completed and 100% met.VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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