The rainy season is finally here!
This time of year, the Rain Campaign of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) is at its most significant.
The Rain Campaign raises awareness on the importance of freshwater supplies while making people more conscious of their water footprint. The campaign promotes the use of rainwater collectors as an alternative source of water for households.
This campaign that started in 2012 has now reached seven schools in Pasig and Donsol, educated more than 1400 students – and helped more than 100 families.
HSBC volunteer employees have helped WWF in teaching students to be more discriminating in using water. Volunteers took part in the collection of water samples to test water quality, like the level of alkalinity and the presence of bacteria in both tap water and collected rainwater. HSBC volunteers also mentored students about simple household solutions to have safe drinking water, while joining students in painting drums that can serve as rainwater collectors.
Selected teachers from numerous schools underwent training on climate change, water conservation and environmental education. The campaign also brought about household challenges which aims to involve parents in creating rainwater collectors for families, while assessing their household water use habits.
As the country braces for the monsoon season, the knowledge and awareness that the Rain Campaign will give to students, teachers and families will be more useful than ever.