We The Trees

Our Quest for Water

A campaign by Carol Galvez

  • $14,211
    Raised of $13,121
  • 135
  • 0
    seconds left
108 %
Successfully funded on April 15, 2015
  • Contribute $10 or more

    You will be mentioned in our gratitude post in our blogsite

    16 contributor(s) chose this reward.
  • Contribute $25 or more

    The reward above and a digital Thank You card

    23 contributor(s) chose this reward.
  • Contribute $100 or more

    The rewards above and you'll have a special shout out at our Facebook Page and Twitter account

    17 contributor(s) chose this reward.
  • Contribute $250 or more

    The rewards above and your name will be etched at the special marker that will be placed near the pump site

    5 contributor(s) chose this reward.
  • Contribute $500 or more

    The rewards above and we'll plant a tree in your name (Bonus: we'll send you a digital photo file of the tree)

    1 contributor(s) chose this reward.
  • Contribute $1,000 or more

    The rewards above and you are entitled to a 3-day free stay at the farm, just get to Baguio City, Philippines and we'll take care of the rest.

    1 contributor(s) chose this reward.

We are The Pitak Project located in Tubao, La Union, Northern Philippines.  We practice and promote sustainable and regenerative living through natural building and permaculture. We build our structures using natural materials on site such as clay soil, rice straw, river sand, river rocks and bamboo. Permaculture or permanent agriculture on the other hand is a design system for sustainable living that is pegged on three basic ethics: earth care, people care and sharing of surplus. It promotes diversity, stability, resilience and abundance by designing a landscape modelled after a natural ecosystem.

Raising Funds for What

We are raising funds for a solar powered deep well pump including the digging of the well, setting up of the storage and distribution system as part of our approach to a holistic permaculture farm management.

Our Context

We are currently tapped from the community water system that is sourced from a mountain spring miles from our farm. It only runs for 4 hours a day.  We store this spring water in a tank and use it for domestic needs.  But for 5 months early last year, the water supply became scarce.  It only came back when it started raining last May.  And since last November up to this day, we don’t have water.  This prompted us to look for a spring within our site.  We dug a shallow open well and found water at six feet deep.  We are now dependent on that well, for domestic use and for watering our kitchen gardens but it is located a bit far from our hut so we fetch our daily water requirement from that well. 

Aside from rain, the small creek provides irrigation for our rice field through a connection of plastic pipes.  But this supply is abundant only during the rainy season (July-October).  This is also why we only do one cropping of rice a year because of the low flow of the creek. We use the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) on more than a thousand square meters of plot for our rice crop. This system uses less irrigation water. 

To resolve our water situation, we’ve lined up several interventions.  We’ve already set up a rainwater harvesting system and a gray water recycling system in our small hut.  We’ve started to dig swales and a mini-dam.  We’ve also made a ram pump to lift water from the big creek.  And we’re still geared towards setting up water runoff catch basins through additional swales and ponds.  A solar powered deep well pump will just be one intervention that we deemed necessary for us to have water supply during the dry season.  This will make us more productive in terms of our food production the whole year round.  The solar pump will also supply us water during our natural building activities during summer.

After much research, we’ve partnered with FREZITE for its efficient products and reliable service. After consultations and computations, we came up with water requirements for domestic, livestock and crops on the farm considering the community water source, our rainwater catchment capacity, our gray water recycling systems and the shallow open well on site.

What we Aim to Accomplish

The following are the objectives of the project:

  1. To be self-reliant and independent in our water supply for our holistic farming management and natural building projects; and
  2. To be a model farm in terms of water sourcing through the use of alternative and renewable energy.

The following are the expected results of the project:

  1. To tap underground water within the site using a solar-powered pump;
  2. To have a water storage and distribution system; and
  3. To increase our farm’s crop yields for the ultimate goal of being self-reliant in food production.
Giving back is imperative! This project is most valuable to our immediate community by showing that small farms can thrive by using renewable energy aside from the other interventions we’ve done. We will be able to share our surplus by being productive the whole year round. This will also be a source of water in the event of drought and disaster.

What we need:

Pump, Installation, Solar panels          US$6,685

Clearing of Site and drilling of well           $4,555

Tank Construction                                    $1,881

TOTAL                                               US$13,121

We hope you see how beneficial this would be in our long term holistic farm management.  As they say “we need to be blue, before we can be green.” We don’t have a budget for this and we’d rather work harder and seek out help and support for our quest for water.

If we’re able to raise more than what we need for this particular project, the excess will be used to purchase a BOWA multi-function tilling machine ($3,250) which would be used as a seed tool to start a women’s cooperative.

Please support us and share this with your network . To know more about us and what we do, please visit our blogsite or email us at thepitakproject@gmail.com.  

Thank you so much.

The Pitak Project Team