My name is Colita and I am 70 years old. In 2013, our house was destroyed when typhoon Yolanda passed by Guiuan, my hometown. My husband, who is also my age, and I, are unemployed so we lived in our temporary house built right next to where our old house stood. In October 2015, I received the first support since the typhoon—a brand new toilet!
I remember vividly how, I almost did not make it to be a beneficiary since we were brought by our children to live in Manila after the typhoon. After a year, we came back and I noticed that there were many non-government organizations offering helps, especially, on building new toilets. I was interested that I talked to the staff and requested to be considered.
In September 2015, I was invited to attend an orientation and received a toilet voucher subsidy which entitled me to have materials we needed to build a new toilet. There was a porcelain bowl, a concrete slab for flooring, and galvanized roofing for structure, among others. The materials were also delivered for free, and I can tap trained workers for labor. I redeemed my voucher to Negros Women for Tomorrow’s Foundation (NWTF), the partner of Oxfam, which provides and facilitates the order and construction of the latrine through their trained and accredited local masons in the area. I was the first one to receive a toilet in our village. Having our own toilet was a great help to us. I was so happy!
Caption: Nanay Colita standing outside her newly constructed toilet. (Photo: Rona Raisa Ramos/Oxfam)
“My husband and I are both 70 years old now. Only the two of us live in this house. We were given toilet by October 2015. We had our toilet before but it was damaged by the Typhoon Yolanda. I almost did not make it because we were brought to Manila by our children after the typhoon. But when we returned back after a year, I noticed that there were NGO doing survey in our neighborhood. I heard that they will be giving toilets. I was interested and wanted to have one. So I talked to the staff and requested to be considered. I was the first one to receive a toilet in our village. Having our own toilet was a great help to us. I was so happy when I received this assistance from Oxfam.” (Photo: Joan Odena/Oxfam)