Drinking Water for Poor Schools in Rural Honduras

Jul 10, 2014

You're invited to follow progress in Honduras with Blue Planet Network!

We have a few updates for you! 
Firstly, thank you again for supporting Blue Planet Network member, Pure Water for the World and their crucial water systems for schools across Trojes, Honduras. The implementation of the project began in May 2014 and was completed in late September 2014. The project will continually be monitored on Blue Planet Network here for the best chance to ensure long-term functioning. While our fundraising term for this project on our GlobalGiving page has come to a close, we welcome you to follow Pure Water for the World online here and to visit their projects tracked on Blue Planet Network here. Pure Water for the World will continue their due diligence and update their projects via Blue Planet Network’s award-winning monitoring and knowledge sharing programs as described here.
We welcome you to support other Blue Planet Network member projects on our general GlobalGiving page here. We hold funding rounds for our peer approved member projects of which your funds will support.
Once again, your donation made through GlobalGiving is supporting the construction of bio-sand filters for drinking water and latrines, deworming medicine, and hygiene education for schools across the Trojes region.
Schools will become a safe haven. Children will attend school more regularly and the attendance of young girls will increase. Overall, children and families will spend less time sick or in the hospital and away from their school and community. Children will learn hygiene skills that they can practice long-term and continually share with their families. Put simply - children will move from merely surviving to thriving in their community.
As we say at Blue Planet Network - Water is Life. Pass it on.


Mar 26, 2014

Meet the people and process behind clean water for Trojes!

Family - still of video produced by Craig Downing
Family - still of video produced by Craig Downing

Click here and meet the real people, challenges and process behind clean water for Trojes, Honduras!

  • Did you know that 70% of households in Trojes do not have access to safe water? Instead they use water directly from the highly contaminated river nearby.
  • Did you know that 1/2 of the population of Trojes does not even have a toilet? This leads to open defecation which directly pollutes the drinking water supply. 
  • Did you know that workers in Trojes survive on less than $1 a day?

The good news is that, thanks to you and your donation to Blue Planet Network's member Pure Water for the World, these statistics are improving. Through this campaign you are supporting Pure Water for the World's main objective to improve health by reducing the instances of diarrhea across schools in Trojes.

Pure Water for the World engages in simple and sustainable local latrine and filter construction coupled with community hygiene and health education in order to empower Trojes and lift the region out of poverty. Through the video link above you can see first-hand the 4-step process of planning, implementation, construction and health follow-up. You will see demonstrations of how contaminated, murky water is effectively cleaned through simple concrete filters filled with sand, gravel and pvc piping to produce between 5 and 15 gallons of safe water per hour. Most anyone can operate these filters. We don't need rocket science to change people's lives. Long-term success in health and water systems in Trojes is being made possible through the building of community ownership and applying simply, cost-effective technology that is routinely maintained.

What makes Pure Water for the World such a valuable Blue Planet Network member is that they take the critical steps of identifying challenges and continue to monitor the success of solutions. For example, in the video you will learn about community education, how local terrain and road conditions affect transportation of resources, and the need for follow-up anti-parasitic medicine.

What's more is that Pure Water for the World substantiates their process and challenges by:

This transparency and willingness to critically analyze their work increases their effectiveness and helps everyone learn with them.

Pure Water for the World has built 200 latrines in Trojes to date and has helped more than 120,000 people in Honduras and El Salvador. But we can't stop there. There are 198 villages in Trojes, yet Pure Water for the World has only reached 36 so far.

We invite you to continue your work for Trojes by listening and sharing the testimonials of success.

Thank you so much!

Video and all images here produced by Craig Downing for Pure Water for the World. 

Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing


Dec 10, 2013

Our commitment to the Trojes school community

Photo by Maria Bartrum
Photo by Maria Bartrum

The goal that all of us share is to prevent the unnecessary suffering of children that results from consuming contaminated water and improper hygiene habits. Blue Planet Network collaborates with water funders and implementers to create sustainable water programs that prevent ill-health and death. To this end, we are raising funds for Pure Water for the World (PWW), a long-time Blue Planet Network member, to build clean water facilities and bacteria testing kits for the schools of Trojes, Honduras. What makes Pure Water for the World a leader in water, sanitation and hygiene development is that they employ three highly effective techniques that ensure sustainability. Those are:

  1. Community engagement
  2. Effective and affordable technology
  3. Long-term monitoring

Here's more about Pure Water for the World's unique approach:

When you support PWW, you are supporting a water, sanitation and hygiene project implementer that focuses on working with a community rather than for a community. PWW ensures recipient communities, such as Trojes, gain the skills and leadership necessary to repair and maintain water infrastructure on their own for years to come. For example, community members such as homeowners, school leaders and students, work along-side PWW staff in filter installation and latrine construction for a more complete, hands-on understanding. PWW asks communities to select their own community agents who receive continued education to oversee the project.  PWW staff conducts visits to monitor project installation and meetings with community agents. PWW also engages the community to provide small contributions for filters which instills a sense of ownership.

PWW measures their success through long-term monitoring. For the schools in Trojes, PWW will measure the number of lives they have improved permanently by the number of children who no longer get sick day after day. Additional metrics include  the elimination of diarrheal disease in homes and communities and by school attendance. Typically attendance rate has increased from 50% to 100% for other school projects. PWW will continue to interact with local health centers to collect data and provide consistent updates like they have done for projects on Blue Planet Network in the past. Project data for past projects are available on Blue Planet Network if you'd like to learn more.

In terms of affordable solutions, Sawyer filters will be installed in schools and Bio-sand filters in some homes. Sawyer filters are budgeted around $70 USD as the simple filter requires minimal maintenance. PWW has budgeted $220 USD for hand-washing stations and parasite treatment at just .65 cents a unit. It's amazing to consider how low the cost is compared to the great impact on health, education, and development it will have.

Thank you so much again for helping the children of Trojes to live a healthier and happier life. 

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Project Leader

Jackie Gibbons

Redwood City, California United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Drinking Water for Poor Schools in Rural Honduras