Philippines' water and sanitation crisis

More than 3 million people in the Philippines rely on unsafe and unsustainable water sources and 7 million lack access to improved sanitation. Despite its growing economy, the Philippines faces significant challenges in terms of water and sanitation access. The country is rapidly urbanizing, and its growing cities struggle to provide new residents with adequate water and sanitation services.

In 2010, the government of the Philippines developed a road map to achieve universal water and sanitation services coverage by 2028. Water.org is working to support this goal.

In the Philippines and around the world, people are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions are striving to endure this crisis with an added challenge. They lack access to life’s most critical resource – water. Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in the Philippines.

6.6 M 6.6 million people reached
1.5 M 1.5 million water and sanitation loans disbursed by our partners
33 33 partners
  • Stories of Impact

    Elma

    Elma’s courage gave her the strength to choose smiles over tears, to choose love over pain, and to champion safe water for her family, even when the battle seemed impossible.

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    Elma in the Philippines
  • Stories of Impact

    Her family's bright future starts with water

    Sally is a mom of four young children. While the eldest three are at school, Sally enjoys time with her youngest, mixing play with the housework. Life for Sally’s family wasn’t always like this. Even before becoming a mom, and for several years after, Sally was responsible for finding the water her family needed to survive.

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  • Stories of Impact

    The cost of Leneriza's water, then and now

    The people with the least access to safe water are spending the most to get it. People like Leneriza.

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    Leneriza Story

Philippines impact statistics

People reached 6.6 million

The number of people who now have access to safe water or sanitation and the health and opportunity they bring.

Capital mobilized (USD) $268 million

Our partners mobilize funds from capital markets to provide water and sanitation loans.

Loans disbursed 1.5 million

Our local partners make loans to people in need for life-changing safe water and sanitation solutions.

Number of active partners 33

We work with financial institutions, service providers, international agencies, and governments to make an impact.

Repayment rate 99%

Every repaid loan means another family in need can get affordable access to safe water at home.

Average loan size (USD) 179

Small loans can help make a big difference by providing long-term solutions for families in need around the world.

Percent of women borrowers 97%

Women are primarily responsible for household water collection and are solving the water crisis for their families.

Households living under $6.00/day 88%

We are committed to helping people living in poverty get access to safe water and sanitation solutions at home.

To help us reach more people in need of safe water and sanitation in the Philippines, donate today.

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