Transform 1,000 lives with clean water in Honduras

by Un Mundo
Transform 1,000 lives with clean water in Honduras
Transform 1,000 lives with clean water in Honduras
Transform 1,000 lives with clean water in Honduras
Transform 1,000 lives with clean water in Honduras
Transform 1,000 lives with clean water in Honduras
Transform 1,000 lives with clean water in Honduras
Transform 1,000 lives with clean water in Honduras
Transform 1,000 lives with clean water in Honduras
Local woman doing system cleaning
Local woman doing system cleaning

WATER PROJECT, FOSTERING THE LEADERSHIP OF WOMEN...

Testimony of a woman, member of the water management board

The El Pital water project has promoted and involved the leadership of women in their daily activities, making it possible to acquire knowledge in areas that were previously exclusively for men, because of the machismo that normally predominates in rural Honduras.

Currently I am part of the water management board of El Pital, in addition, responsible for leading the cleaning and maintenance of the water system, as well as the gray water control system of my sector or neighborhood. Being part of the board of water administrator has encouraged and motivated more women in the community to join our board of directors, and to promote basic sanitation activities.

The El Pital water project not only aims to offer quality water and basic sanitation, but also promotes environmental and health education, women's leadership and community empowerment, something that guarantees us to have long-term sustainability.

This project includes these areas of work, thanks to the support of the Un Mundo organization, contributions from individuals and partners, who contribute to improving the quality of life of the people who live in the Cangrejal River sector in northern Honduras.

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Garbage, an evil that increases every day...

You can not have quality water, if there is no good control over garbage, and contamination of water sources is reduced.

As a water management board, we do community environmental education, as well as cleaning campaigns, in order to raise awareness about the environment, the importance of depositing the trash in its place, and working on the 3 "R's" reduce, reuse and recycle.

With the campaigns of prevention and cleaning, we have been able to reduce the presence of mosquitos, and with this decrease diseases of dengue, malaria, Zika, Chikungunya ... We have also been successful in enlisting the participation of educational centers and community, in these activities.

We have been able to change the way many people think and act about the subject of garbage, and we are creating more conscious people. Logically this training process has required a lot of attention and dedication. Creating more aware people means that there are significant changes and this helps to improve our environment in general.

Our dream is to have clean, beautiful and healthy communities, and the support of individuals, institutions and organizations has been key to be able to promote this type of programs. We hope to continue having this collaboration, and that together we can contribute to offer a better world to our future generations.

Einstein said: "Do not pretend that things change, if we always do the same"

This slogan we have used in our educational talks, with the aim that each person is aware that their actions determine the result.

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Presidente de junta administradora de agua
Presidente de junta administradora de agua

A leader who inspires.

Community projects always require a leadership that motivates and inspires the rest of the inhabitants, however, this type of people is not common to find, and if they exist, they do not want to give their time and volunteer service to others.

Our character in this story is the president of the water management board of El Pital, a town in northern Honduras, who, despite his multiple occupations in agriculture, always has time to work for the development of his community.

He currently heads a group of more than 10 volunteers who make up the water management board, and they are working to complete a new clean water connection system that will benefit almost a thousand people. His leadership is so great that, despite having low schooling, he has been a counselor and instructor of construction engineers with basic sanitation projects in his community, and supported the survey.

His dream has always been to offer a clean water project that ensures a better quality of life. They currently have a project design and budget, and they work in search of funds to meet their goals. While managing the funds, he has motivated his community to work on micro projects that address health and environmental issues.

His leadership has been fundamental to the construction of the first gray water control system in rural Honduras, where 50 families were connected to the water treatment system. Likewise, a pilot project was built to build 6 ecological stoves, to reduce the consumption of firewood and have control of the smoke, and reduce respiratory diseases. In addition, it promotes community clean-up campaigns and educates through the water administration board on issues of disease prevention.

Without the advice and training that we have received from the One World organization, my leadership and the rest of my colleagues would not have been possible. This organization applied a famous adage. "Do not deliver the fish, teach how to fish" and that is how we are now able to achieve many dreams on our own initiative. (Testimony of president of water board of El Pital).

The management of funds to complete the clean water connection project continues, so we invite you to join this community dream, which will transform the quality of life of our inhabitants.

Likewise, we thank all the donors who have supported us so far, having the faith that we will continue to have their valuable collaboration, and that new donors will join us.

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Improving the quality of life.

The quality of life of people is conditioned by many factors, including clean water and basic sanitation systems that help prevent certain diseases ...

Our clean water program developed this summer with community support and other key stakeholders, a new design of a more efficient gray water control system that prevents stagnant water, pollution and presence of mosquitoes, significantly reducing the presence of diseases.

The water management board demonstrated a lot of leadership and knowledge with the implementation of this system, and has involved the entire community in the works, creating a greater environmental awareness in the population.

This gray water control model is helping to prevent contamination of water sources, and will serve as a replication for other communities in the future, and improve sanitation conditions in the region.

The water management board is proud to be the first rural community in Honduras to have an innovative and sustainable gray water control system, as there was a community education process along with the construction of the infrastructure. A working model that attracts other local organizations to learn about methodology and use in other contexts.

The construction process served to develop and create local capacities in basic sanitation systems, which ensures that a manageable and sustainable system will be had by the same people.

This model not only improves the quality of life in the health area, but also provides greater opportunities through the acquisition of knowledge, which improves the possibilities of economic income, which makes this program an integral and holistic process.

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Slow but safe step is one of the goals of the water management board to ensure that you get a sustainable project that guarantees the duration for many years.

The board of directors is responsible for managing and monitoring the new drinking water system on behalf of the community. To ensure that key stakeholders' ideas are integrated into planning, it has met with representatives of government agencies that work around water and sanitation projects, and in this way, ensure that it is framed in country laws, in addition to build a working relationship that facilitate the construction process.

This approach with key players facilitates the work dynamics, and allows to strengthen and create new capacities of the people of the administrative board, who have a low educational level, but who have a leadership that stands out above the rest of the community.

It has been understood that in the union there is strength, and the more key players are involved in the project, the probability of success will be higher, that is why an approach was held between the Water Management Board, Fundación Nombre de Dios and the Institute of Forest Conservation (ICF) to begin designing a comprehensive and participatory work plan, and to consider the environmental issue, which guarantees a generation of clean water in abundance.

There is now a visit to the community of Duke Engineers for International Development [DEID], who are working on the reactivation of the gray water control system as part of the components around the new drinking water system. As well as DEID, we also thank each of the donors who make this project a reality in this region of Honduras.

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