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.
Back in 2009, the community of Nueva Grenada, San Antonio de Cortes, Honduras's water system was rehabilitated with the support of Water For People-Honduras. The water and sanitation committee were trained on all the aspects of Operation and Maintenance as well as how to set a tariff to promote the sustainability of the system. As a result, to date there has been 24-hour water service, 100% water coverage throughout the community, and 0% late payments. What does this mean? It means that since 2009 Everyone in the community has had access to safe drinking water. Now that is IMPACT that lasts Forever.
The municipality of El Negrito, Yoro, transferred the management and administration of water systems to the three Water and Sanitation Administration Boards (JAAS) in El Dorado, Guanacaste and El Salitre neighborhoods in the town of El Negrito. Water For People Honduras is collaborating in this process by strengthening local capacity of the Water Boards on issues such as organization, management, water quality, system operation and maintenance, protection and management of micro-watersheds, regulation and legalization. In the process of reaching Everyone in Honduras, this is a positive step in the right direction. In reaching Everyone, FOREVER it is a giant step forward as the transfer of power becomes embedded in the community.
In the municipality of San Antonio de Cortes, Honduras big movements are happening! The main water-line of an enormous water project that will bring water to 17 communities in this municipality was recently completed. This was a huge feet, as nearly 13-kilometers of pipe needed to be laid for the completion of the main line. Now the municipality is focused on building piping to each of the communities. The contract has been signed, materials purchased, and work has begun on the biggest branch of the system which will bring water to 7 of the 17 communities. Nearly 14-kilomerters of piping will be laid in this next stage. Once 17 community project is completed over 4,500 people will have access to water. Then, the work on keeping it flowing forever begins!
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