Running for water

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.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sailorjohn
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 15:28:28


    It is sad that so many people take the simple things of life for granted. None of them have ever left there little towns, cities and seen how many in third world countries live.

    When I try to explain and show them with pictures, they tell me they could never live like that. They ask why i want to retire in the Philippines where it is so hot, no power, no running water, etc.

    They just don’t understand and trying to reason with them just does not work. Even my two dau’s who were little in Subic don’t want to go back and visit Sto Nino. They are happy with all that they have here. My son was with us in 2007 and for him, it was a real eye opener. He did ok, but I know that he was real happy when we got home and he could take a hot shower, be in his own room, watch TV, etc.

    It is not easy coming from the states to live there, but when you have done many visits like I have, it is easy to adjust. Yes ther will be things I will miss, but life is too short.


  2. Admin Dale
    Jan 07, 2009 @ 18:16:29

    Thanks for your comments John.

    But I have to say, after having lived on Almagro, for a year, I prefer to live in Calbayog. Almagro is nice to visit, but I don’t think I want to live there permanently. A couple of my biggest concerns are lack of sanitary drinking water and lack of health care. I don’t drink the local water, anymore, since getting sick a couple of times. Plus, if you do get sick or hurt, and the weather is bad, it may be several days before you can get to a hospital. You might have a better situation on Sto Nino, I’m not sure. Is there at least a doctor on that Island?


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