One of the urgent problems of the Philippines is the lack of access to public libraries especially by children in developing communities. Without access to books, these children lack the tools to give them a fighting chance at life.
Thirst. This is one of the biggest problems facing a community struck by a disaster. Without access to safe and clean drinking water, survivors face dehydration and the possibility of water borne illnesses.
To help meet this critical need, Project Aquarius was launched. EGF was able to source portable water treatment and filtrations units designed by Engr. Ruben Villostas. These units can produce at least 600 liters of water per hour.
Through EGF’s partnership with Amihan Global Strategies (AGSX) and the Tsukuba International Catholic Church in Japan, EGF was able to provide portable water treatment and filtration units to Asgad and Matarinao in Eastern Samar after Typhoon Yolanda, and the municipality of Tubigon in Bohol after the it was struck down by a powerful earthquake.
Soldiers. Police Officers. Search and Rescue Operatives. Emergency Medical Personnel. People who rush into harm’s way to help people in disasters. They put their lives on the line to help save lives. One of their critical needs is access to electricity, especially in low visibility areas and where communication is a vital resource.
EGF conceptualized Project Red and Ready, solar-powered bags outfitted with a light source and sockets and other emergency equipment so that electricity is on hand when first responders need it. First responders can bring light in the darkest of hours. EGF donated these prototype bags to the Philippine Red Cross for mass production and use.