Water For People

Water For People exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.
Jan 26, 2017

Sanitation and Forever Progress in 2016!

Water For People continues to work toward achieving Everyone Forever in our districts in Honduras with safe and reliable water and sanitation services through partnerships with local government, communities and businesses. Reflecting on the progress made in 2016, we are excited to share a couple of highlights.

The Water For People-Honduras team has been working with micro-finance institutions, masons, and hardware stores to development of a strong sanitation market that supports toilet construction, purchase and installation activities. With the support of Water For People-Honduras, the Municipal Associations of Water and Sanitation Committees grants loans to community-level water committees who are then able to provide micro-loans to community members for the purchase and construction of sanitation facilities.  As a result of these comprehensive efforts, 269 families acquired toilets in 2016, and 1,162 people in the districts of Chinda, El Negrito and San Antonio now benefit from improved sanitation as a result

Strong local, institutional capacity is a critical component of Forever and, as such, Water For People-Honduras has been steadily building the capacity of municipalities and communities to independently sustain water systems and sanitation services in the long-term. In each of the three Everyone Forever districts, Water For People-Honduras provides training and support to community water and sanitation committees on operation, maintenance and administration of water and sanitation services, enabling them to be self-sufficient. As part of this strategy, the Water For People-Honduras team supported the recent decision by the municipal government of El Negrito to hire three technical staff. The growth of our local government partners is a great step toward the day when the communities of Chinda, El Negrito and San Antonio will never again rely on foreign aid for their water and sanitation needs! 

Oct 27, 2016

The 17 Communities Water System is Complete!

Planning the 17 Communities Water System
Planning the 17 Communities Water System

Water For People-Honduras continues to facilitate water programming to progress toward full coverage in the municipalities of San Antonio de Cortés and El Negrito. A highlight of this programming is the recently completed 17 Communities Water System in San Antonio, which is designed to bring drinking water to more than 4,000 people in 17 communities. Hondurans residing within these communities have begun to pay for their water service. Water users pay their local community water committee, who then pay into a central water committee that represents the entire system. These funds will be utilized to maintain the principal conduction line and secondary pipeline branches.

Another important part of the sustainability of the 17 Communities Water System is the protection of the micro-watershed that provides water to these communities. To support the protection of this area, community members have included a percentage in their tariff designated to developing activities to protect the micro-watershed. The communities are also working with an NGO, Corazon Para Honduras, to obtain a grant that will be utilized to purchase a portion of the land in the micro-watershed.

Excitingly, in September, water committees in San Antonio began to repay the 240 micro-loans that had been issued for sanitation construction during the prior nine months. To date, the water committees have deposited $3,500 into a savings account at Caja Rural Union y Exito (a local financial institution).

Work Being Done on the 17 Communities Water System
Work Being Done on the 17 Communities Water System
Work Being Done on the 17 Communities Water System
Work Being Done on the 17 Communities Water System
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
 
   

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