Water For People

Water For People works to build a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and where no one suffers or dies from a water- or sanitation-related disease. This is our vision. We're on a mission. We work with people and partners to develop innovative and long-lasting solutions to the water, sanitation, and hygiene problems in the developing world. We strive to continually improve, to experiment with promising new ideas, and to leverage resources to multiply our impact.
Jul 19, 2016

Honduras Celebrates World Water Day

World Water Day March on Honduran Highway
World Water Day March on Honduran Highway

Recently, the water committees, schools, local authorities, and other community organizations in the Honduran municipalities of San Antonio de Cortés and El Negrito celebrated World Water Day . In support of the Day and in demonstration of their concern about the use of the local water resources – including the prohibition of mining projects in water producing zones, a ban on planting African Palm trees in water recharge zones, and the creation of a deforestation ban in the municipality’s main town – more than 10,000 people in El Negrito marched for almost two hours on one of the most heavily used Honduran highways. As a large supporter of local water resource management, the municipal government plans to present these concerns to the National Congress of Honduras.

Looking forward, Water For People continues to build a relationship with the Association of Municipalities of CRA, which serves as an association of local governments, in order to create local institutional capacity intended to provide ongoing technical support to the district of Chinda. In Honduras, Water for People will also begin to focus on creating models for water and sanitation services specifically in rural dispersed areas . The goal of this will be to create guidelines for water and sanitation interventions in rural areas that encompass the most dispersed populations, based on the systemization of existing experiences and lessons learned from piloting alternative technologies. This will provide Water For People with the opportunity to investigate and share solutions, which will not only impact Honduras, but other Latin American countries, as well.

 

Cuidemos Las Fuentes de Agua Poster
Cuidemos Las Fuentes de Agua Poster
Feb 24, 2016

Loans for Toilet Construction

The sustainable sanitation program in Honduras continues to expand. The program of offering loans to families to construct or improve toilets through Municipal Associations of Water and Sanitation Committees (AJAASM) has been especially successful in El Negrito, where the loans distributed to families in the community of Las Crucitas No. 1 have been fully paid back to the water committee and the AJAASM. These recuperated funds will now be used to offer sanitation loans in the communities of El Congo, El Mango, and Gonzalo Maldonado. This model is also being implemented in San Antonio de Cortes, where by the end of the year the AJAASM had given out 15 sanitation loans in communities in 17-Communities Project, and Chinda, where loans have been disbursed thus far to 18 families in four communities..

Nov 2, 2015

Reflection Session & Asset Registries Completed

Water For People-Honduras held their annual reflection session in August. Local partners from the three districts where Water For People-Honduras works attended, in addition to representatives from national government sector institutions. In Chinda, Water For People-Honduras and partners have begun completing asset registries for all of the existing water systems in the district. This will serve to help calculate accurate live cycle costs for service provision. The goal is to complete asset registries for all systems in the district by December of this year. On October 1st, the northern chapter of the the Water and Sanitation Network of Honduras (RASHON) had their monthly meeting. This month, Water For People was the host organization, and took advantage of this space to share successes of the Commission to Buy Watersheds (COMIC) in El Negrito. The hope is that this effort will serve as an example to expand efforts to protect water resources in Honduras. 

 

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