Health
 Honduras
Project #10998

Full Water & Sanitation Coverage in Rural Honduras

by Water For People
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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
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

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..

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. 

Water For People-Honduras has great momentum on Local Water Resources Management, particularly in protecting land around key water sources. In the Municipality of El Negrito, the Municipal Commission to Purchase Micro-watersheds has bought the land surrounding the water source in the community of El Tibre. They also celebrated gaining legal protected status for the land surrounding the water sources of the communities of La Pita/Las Palmas and Las Crucitas N-1. In Chinda, the process to protect the micro-watershed of the community of El Retiro is moving forward. 

To make sure that the institutional arrangements are in place to make Forever possible, Water For People-Honduras and partners strengthened civil society organizations such as the COMAS (Municipal Water and Sanitation Commission), AJAASM (Municipal Association of Water and Sanitation Committees) and USCL (Local Supervisory and Control Unit). The AJAASM are now organized into geographic sectors, which has yielded positive results such as the reorganization of the chlorine banks to make them more accessible and functional. The AJAASM in all three districts are now offering loans for sanitation and the AJAASMs of Chinda and San Antonio have completed their regulations for credit and adopted administrative tools to ensure financial transparency. 

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Water For People

Location: Denver, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.waterforpeople.org
Project Leader:
Emma Pfister
Denver, Colorado United States
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