International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
Manila , Philipines
- August, 1989
B: Community Participation
He Ferrocement Rainwater Collectors: The Capiz Experience
The paper is presented to highlight learnings on community from the experienced
in Rainwater Collection Project: Philippines sponsored by the International Development
Research Centre (IDRC - Canada) and implemented by the Capiz Development Foundation.
The experience is significant because in spite of prevalent poverty in this province,
certain communities were able to demonstrate the value of participation in acquiring
benefits from a new technology: the ferrocement rainwater collectors. The experiment
started with 30 ferrocement rainwater tanks built in 3 pilot areas and, 3 years
later 300 rainwater collectors spread throughout the province without any programme
for technology dissemination.
Several sad and happy episodes in community participation were studied. This
paper presents story summaries about 3 communities whose group life and growth
were facilitated by the need for water and the concern for rainwater collectors.
The experience underlined the different roles played by the people’s
organisation, the rainwater catchment technology, health and sanitation practices
participation of women and livelihood and income, and extension to other group
projects in community building.
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