Clean Water for Rural Honduras

by EcoLogic Development Fund
Clean Water for Rural Honduras
Clean Water for Rural Honduras
Clean Water for Rural Honduras
Clean Water for Rural Honduras
Clean Water for Rural Honduras
Clean Water for Rural Honduras
Clean Water for Rural Honduras
Clean Water for Rural Honduras
Clean Water for Rural Honduras
Clean Water for Rural Honduras

Dear GlobalGiving Supporter,

Greetings from Honduras! I hope your year is off to a great start.

For us, it has been busy. When I last wrote we had just had a heavy impact from back-to-back hurricanes Eta and Iota. We were working with our local partners to survey the damage in the communities where we work. One big challenge that resulted from the heavy winds and rains, was that some communities were cut off from access to potable water.

Early in March, I went with our local partner, AJAASSPIB, the Association of Community Water Councils of Pico Bonito to evaluate one of the main water systems affected. These are simple gravity-fed systems that deliver water to several communities. Thanks to you and other EcoLogic supporters, we are currently working to make repairs and upgrades so that these communities will once again be able to get potable water in their villages and homes.

We are also getting started with our 2021 reforestation initiative to make sure degraded areas of the watershed are restored and can continue providing water and other environmental services in the long term.

We are extremely grateful for your partnership. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and keeping you updated on progress made as we continue to navigate these uncertain times.

In solidarity,

Carlos Duarte Euraque, EcoLogic Program Officer, Honduras

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Home Gardens in Honduras
Home Gardens in Honduras

November 2020

Dear GlobalGiving Supporter,

Greetings from Honduras, friends! I sincerely hope that you are staying safe and healthy. 

Since I last wrote to you, my country has continued to navigate the global pandemic. In addition, we were recently hit by two back-to-back hurricanes--Eta and Iota--which have caused significant flooding, devastated people's homes, cut off access to potable water, and damaged agricultural production. Roads and bridges have been destroyed and electricity and communications have been inconsistent, thus I apologize I was not able to send this report sooner.

I am currently working with our local partners to survey the damage in the communities where we work. No loss of life has been reported and for that we are grateful. I will continue to keep you posted.

With our local partner the Alliance of Municipalities of Central Atlántida (MAMUCA), we have been working to establish home gardens to have an immediate, tangible impact on the health and wellbeing of rural communities in need during the ongoing pandemic. These home gardens are providing a source of food and ensuring a greater diversity of nutrition to supplement families’ diets which are becoming more and more limited due to the crisis. I am including a few pictures and a video for you.

We are extremely grateful for your partnership in supporting this community-based project in support of conservation and self-sufficiency. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and keeping you updated on progress made as we navigate these uncertain times.

In solidarity,

Victor Daniel Escobar

Field Technician, EcoLogic-MAMUCA Project

Community gardens in Orotina, Honduras
Community gardens in Orotina, Honduras
Enhancing nutrition and resilience
Enhancing nutrition and resilience

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Establishing garden in the community of Orotina
Establishing garden in the community of Orotina

Dear GlobalGiving Supporter,

Greetings from Honduras, friends! I sincerely hope that you are staying safe and healthy. The world has certainly changed since the last time I was in touch.

Just like most countries around the world, Honduras is feeling the effects of COVID-19. Since mid-March, the population has been under curfew, orders to practice social distancing, and following safety protocols. At EcoLogic, our priority is to keep our staff and communities protected and we have been observing these guidelines. So far, COVID-19 cases have concentrated mostly in urban centers, but the trend continues to be a rising number of cases. The rural communities where we work remain vigilant, practicing social distancing, and keeping outsiders from coming into their villages.

However, our work hasn’t stopped over that time. Our technical staff has been providing ongoing information and technical support to our community partners. On a strategic basis, we've also supported the implementation of activities such as the recent establishment of home gardens with our local partner the Alliance of Municipalities of Central Atlántida (MAMUCA) to have an immediate, tangible impact on the health and wellbeing of rural communities in need during the ongoing pandemic. Supplies include local plants such as sweet potato, banana, yucca, green beans, cilantro, onion, and ayote, among others.  These home gardens provide a source of food and ensure a greater diversity of nutrition to supplement families’ current diets which are becoming more and more limited due to the crisis.

We're extremely grateful for your partnership in supporting this community-based project in support of sustainable livelihoods and self-sufficiency. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and keeping you updated on progress made as we navigate these uncertain times.

In solidarity,

Carlos Duarte Euraque

EcoLogic Program Officer, Honduras

Everyone pitches in
Everyone pitches in
Getting started
Getting started
Unloading some of the materials
Unloading some of the materials
Providing masks for everyone
Providing masks for everyone
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Community discussion
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Community leader Mirtha (left), Warren (center)
Community leader Mirtha (left), Warren (center)

Dear GlobalGiving supporters,

I recently hosted our volunteer and supporter Warren who visited us from North Carolina. For this update, I will share some of his photos and observations about the work we are carrying out. As Warren says, I travel to Honduras and Guatemala to see EcoLogic's work with my own eyes, "boots on the ground" (or in the mud really), so to speak.

  • One of the areas I visited was the village of San Martin, which now has 12 “sumideros” or greywater drains - underground concrete and stone cisterns which enable greywater (from bathing and kitchen use, no sewage) to infiltrate into the ground. This protects surface water quality and reduces habitat for mosquitoes that carry dengue - which struck at least 107,000 people and killed at least 175 in Honduras during 2019. Children are especially vulnerable. 
  • A sumidero is about 8 feet deep. The family and community contribute rock and all the labor - EcoLogic, in partnership with Arizona Municipality, contributes concrete, pipe, and technical assistance. More sumideros are needed.
  • In rural Central America, firewood is the usual household cooking fuel, often burnt in wasteful, unsafe, and unhealthful crude stoves or open fires. EcoLogic and its partners enable families to obtain fuel-efficient stoves, which reduce firewood consumption by about one-half, thus reducing household labor and expense. The smoke is safely vented outdoors where it will not damage the lungs and eyes of the family.
  • The recipients contribute some of the cost and most of the labor; they love the efficiency, safety, healthfulness, and cleanliness of these stoves. Obtaining stoves is often a community effort with leadership by women.

We're grateful to Warren for his visit and ongoing support in making these initiatives possible. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with me at ceuraque@ecologic.org. Or, better yet, come visit us and see for yourself!

In solidarity,

Carlos Euraque, Program Officer, Honduras

EcoLogic Development Fund

Woman with her new fuel-efficient stove
Woman with her new fuel-efficient stove
On this steep slope, agroforestry prevents erosion
On this steep slope, agroforestry prevents erosion
Tree nursery in El Porvenir
Tree nursery in El Porvenir
Farmer Jose with lemons and coconuts for market
Farmer Jose with lemons and coconuts for market
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Victor Daniel, the author, with a farmer
Victor Daniel, the author, with a farmer

Dear GlobalGiving supporters,

Thank you so very much for your past support! I write to share a message of gratitude from some of the community members that have benefited this year thanks to you.

Juan Fernando, a farmer who has established cacao agroforestry through our project, shares his perspective: "This is helping us protect the flora and fauna, which had been in decline. Before EcoLogic arrived, we had pastures here close to the streams, close to the water sources and springs. Now we have eliminated that and we have cacao agroforestry systems. This is working to maintain the ecosystem. And another thing that I feel is excellent is that we're involving the whole family to be part of the work. Our daughters, our mothers come to the nursery and that also helps strengthen the family nucleus."

Keyla, from the community of San Francisco who received a new fuel-efficient stove comments that, “It has improved my quality of life as well as that of my family. It has a chimney, so the smoke doesn’t stay inside the home, which used to cause a lot of respiratory problems. It saves a lot of firewood, as well. And we can cook on the stove top and bake at the same time.”

Wendy, from the community of Saladito who benefited from a gray water drain in her home, notes that, “Now we have a way for water to drain. It won’t pool and create mosquito breeding grounds.” She adds, “It is important for our children, for our health, and for our water.”

Thank you for making each of these stories, and many more, possible. Please consider renewing your support! This holiday season, you can spread the #JoyOfGiving AND help EcoLogic win bonus prizes from @GlobalGiving to support our life-changing work. Donate today!

In solidarity,

Victor Daniel Escobar

Field Technician, MAMUCA- EcoLogic Project

EcoLogic Development Fund

New fuel-efficient stove
New fuel-efficient stove
Establishing a new agroforestry parcel
Establishing a new agroforestry parcel

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