Water For People-Honduras participated in two very important meetings recently. One meeting was of the National SIASAR Committee (SIASAR stands for National Rural Water and Sanitation System and is a monitoring system being implemented nationally in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama). In this meeting the quality of information that the system captures and the results of the pilots on sanitation survey collection were discussed. Second, Water For People participated in the monthly meeting of the Northern Chapter of the Water and Sanitation Network of Honduras (RASHON). In this case the host was the water service provider of San Pedro Sula, Aguas de San Pedro. The meetings are intergral to the work of Water For People-Honduras because they are opportunities for our staff to provide leadership on the importance of comprehensive monitoring (SIASAR meeting) and promote Everyone Forever with other sector organizations in Honduras (RASHON meeting).
Water For People-Honduras is taking a lead role in shaping the national monitoring tool for the water and sanitation sector, SIASAR. This has included Water For People-Honduras’s Country Director and Monitoring Specialist taking part in a SIASAR update workshop in Panama, sponsored by the World Bank. As a follow up to this workshop, Water For People-Honduras is participating in a national-level committee that has been formed to implement SIASAR in Honduras. Water For People is specifically advocating for improvement of public institution and household level sanitation monitoring in SIASAR, by using Water For People’s FLOW monitoring indicators as a basis.
The movement, known in Honduras as Para Todos Por Siempre, now includes 9 other nonprofits in addition to Water For People-Honduras. Collectively this group is planning to implement Everyone Forever in 17 municipalities across Honduras. The group has the ambitious vision to develop and systematize Water For People’s Everyone Forever approach so that it can be shared and adopted with the national government and other partners to eventually reach Everyone Forever throughout all of Honduras. In addition to being part of the leadership of the Para Todos Por Siempre movement, Water For People is influencing other organizations by promoting monitoring and helping communities and municipalities plan for long-term costs of operating, maintaining, and even one day replacing water systems.
The national Everyone Forever movement is taking off in Honduras. To date eight NGOs in addition to Water For People-Honduras have joined this movement: CRS, CARE, Living Water International, Pure Water for the World, World Vision, IRC, Save the Children, and Agua Para el Pueblo. This group intends to implement Everyone Forever programming in nine municipalities in addition to the three where Water For People-Honduras is already working: Chinda, San Antonio, and El Negrito. The group has named the movement “Para Todos Por Siempre” to brand their collective work. Working together with other organizations is the only way to make Water For People’s vision become a reality – a world where Everyone has access to safe, clean, reliable water and sanitation services Forever.
In early September 2013, Water For People-Honduras staff and partners evaluated the successes and challenges of the past year at the Honduran Water and Sanitation Network workshop. During the workshop, they presented the ways in which we measure the impact of our programs in the districts where we work. One of the best and most effective ways we’re able to measure our impact is by using the Akvo FLOW (Field Level Operations Watch). Water For People-Honduras presented on our partnership with Akvo for use of their FLOW tool to collect, analyze and report monitoring data regarding the condition of water and sanitation projects. But the workshop didn’t stop there! The group also discussed Water For People’s new approach to sustainable sanitation.
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