Most people, who are not living in poverty, take many things for granted. One of those things is running water. You may have heard, or read, about a time when people used to have to go out and fetch water, but have you ever had to do it yourself? When I was a child, growing up on a farm, we had to carry buckets of water to the animals, but at least we had running water in the house. Many of the worlds poor, including in the Philippines, don’t have such a luxury. Even my house on the Island of Almagro does not have running water, except that someone goes running to get the water. Here are some pictures of Filipinos getting water from hand pumps. Notice the plastic containers they use. Looks like a gasoline can from an old jeep. If you’re lucky, you can buy containers that origionally contained cooking oil. You have to wash them a few times, with soap, then you can use them for water. Each container carries 20 litres, or 4 metric gallons.
These photos were taken along the National Highway between Calbayog City and Catbalogan.