Un Mundo aims to provide immediate relief to families suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Eta. The storm and the COVID-19 pandemic have brought to the forefront the most urgent needs of the communities with whom we work, including the need for a dependable water system. This project will also allow educational programming to continue, which has never been more critical given the strain both the pandemic and the recent storm have placed on local schools.
Already struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurricane Eta has wreaked havoc on rural Honduran communities. In the steep mountainous terrain where Un Mundo works, the challenges are particularly acute, and the torrential rains from Eta have isolated remote communities as bridges and roads are in some places impassable. This project will get much needed supplies to some of the families most in need, and funding of our long-term water project will lessen the impact of future weather events.
By providing basic food and health rations to families, we will help mitigate some of the worst effects of the recent Hurricane. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has made access to education even more difficult for many, our educational programming has taken on an even more important role for students.
Catastrophes like Hurricane Eta bring to the forefront long simmering issues and the need to address them. Un Mundo has been working with members of the community of El Pital to implement a long-term solution to the village's water needs. The recent deluge quickly washed away the precarious piping that brings water from a nearby stream to households in the community, bringing a new sense of urgency to seeking a long-term fix to this ever-present problem.