…just another eye opening first time experience of mine.
Last Friday , Pasali staff and I went up to Sitio Pait, Alabel, Sarangani province together with two visitors from the department of foreign affairs and two visitors from Scalabrini migration center in Manila. They came to see the intervention made by Pasali in a water scarce Blaan community upland.
We had a breath catching going up and a hard time going down to the water pump near a spring because of the very steep, slippery slope after the rain. One time, I had to walk with my feet and hands to enable me to pass through a cliff- like way. When we arrived at the pump site, we hear the constant pumping of the machine down. There are two pumps. One pump works to collect water in a spring. The other works to pump the collected water up. Knowing these pumps are nature propelled, I and the visitors were simply amazed of the very efficient and sustainable technology designed by AIDFI, a Pasali partner. Then, we saw the millions worth of pesos pump installed by the Americans nearby that is not functioning and fuel run. We shook our heads of the very unwise investment made by the local government before. An AIDFI pump cost only 14,000 pesos.
The presence of clean water up the mountain transformed their community. It improved their quality of life. As we went back to the top, a mother told me the pump helped them a lot. They don’t have to go down to the spring and only bring limited containers. Now, they have access to water 24/7 at the top.
As we went down back to where our van is, I encountered a boy carrying a container filled with water going back to his house. I figured out, this boy lives a little bit far from crux of Sitio Pait where the water tank is located. If the boy still walks to get water, meaning, he would have walked more today if the Ram pump was not installed.
Reveren Fabbio Baggio of Scalabrini migration center commented,’’ there are more villages that needs water pumps like this.”