A group of young people from the southern city of Barangay Marabas, a community where the majority of the residents are under the age of 18, decided to take matters into their own hands on a recent Sunday.
The group was invited by a local woman who was worried about a lack of clean water and the possibility of contracting diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C. After a discussion with the group, the woman suggested that they should join together to create a clean water station.
The idea quickly gained momentum and the group of teenagers from the area joined together on Friday to set up a water station in the area.
The project was so successful that the group decided to create another water station on Saturday.
“I am so thankful to the youth of Barongay Marabal, who put their hard work into this project,” said Domingo Lopes, an 18-year-old who was part of the group.
“This is a good example of how we can take care of our own communities, even though we may not always have the means to do so.”
The water station, which was opened on Saturday and is expected to serve 50 people by Saturday, is being run by local community members.
The members have donated a total of 100,000 pesos ($1,200) in the form of the local government to help pay for the construction of the water station and the purchase of water bottles.
“We are not wealthy, but we are willing to help anyone else who needs help,” said Mabel Lopes.
The water bottle-making operation was launched by Mabel and her group, which included her grandmother.
Mabel said they have been doing this for two years now, but this was their first time.
“It’s just because we have been struggling for water.
We didn’t have any money, and we didn’t know where to get water,” Mabel told Al Jazeera.
Mabel said she had received help from other youth groups throughout the Philippines.
“Our mothers are helping us, our brothers are helping, our friends are helping,” she said.
“There’s a lot of people who are just trying to help each other out.
We are really grateful to all of you.”
But it’s not just water.
The community also plans to help provide clean water to their neighbors, and will also distribute free toilet paper to people who have no access to it.
“Every year, we have to deal with the problem of lack of water in our communities, but the situation is getting worse, so we decided to help out,” said Lopes of the project.
“And it is because of this that we are really thankful to you,” she added.