Rubber Boots


Many of our communities in the Philippines are prone to flooding. When flood waters rise, vulnerable families, especially children, are at risk for disease. Some areas have high cases of leptospirosis disease, which is usually contracted after floods. Rubber boots are an effective way to protect children and allow them to continue attending school.





  • When a flood occurs in a vulnerable community, flood waters mean that children are exposed to deadly diseases such as leptospirosis.
  • Without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death.
  • In these cases, vulnerable families are forced to spend their income on costly healthcare.
  • Rubber boots are an inexpensive, but effective way to prevent diseases of all kinds while flood waters are still high.
  • The boots also allow children to remain in school. If they miss too many days of school, it could seriously affect their education and continue the cycle of poverty in their community.  

A Story of True Impact

Jolly is a 34-year-old woman who lives in the Philippines with her husband and their 8-year-old daughter Althea. When flood waters rose in Jolly’s community, she was concerned about the safety of her daughter. FH worked in her community to provide a health fair where she learned about the benefits of rain boots for preventing disease.

After Althea received a pair of boots, her family was relieved that they wouldn’t have to buy the boots or medical care in place of food.

Jolly said, “I am confident that my child will be protected from a disease caused by the flood. It has been helpful as well because I don’t need to carry Althea on my back so she can go to school.”