Project #74 | Water and Sanitation in Honduras
Our partnership with Water 1st
Our partnership with Water1st secured the rights to a mountain spring, which served as the water source for San Pedrito. The water was piped to the community water tank and distributed directly to each house. A sink and a toilet were also provided to each home. Hygiene educators worked with each household to increase their knowledge of good hygiene practices. Roughly 47 households in the community gained sustainable access to clean water and improved sanitation through this project.
Community members report that their families are much healthier as a result of the water project. They also enjoy being clean and living in cleaner homes. With easy access to water, they can bathe regularly and they can mop floors, clean surfaces, and do all kinds of things they never had sufficient water to do. In addition to the health benefits of the project, community members report that they are much more productive. Previously much of their time was consumed by the process of collecting water from a nearby river. They are now able to engage in income generating activities like sewing, working in a local shop, and increasing their agricultural production. Most beneficiaries interviewed also mentioned feeling more confident in their abilities as individuals and feeling more coordinated as a community. Women report overcoming the fear of speaking in public meetings. Community members report that they work together on many activities for the benefit of the entire village, like collecting trash and promoting good health practices.
Our collective impact
Water Points Built
Maria says “The San Pedrito project has changed the way of living in the community. Everyone is able to practice good hygiene. The overall level of organization and leadership has improved. The time they save as a result of the household taps reduces their walk for water to nothing and allows Maria to take better care of her family and work a few hours in the informal store they have established in their house. That provides a little income for her family.”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our water & sanitation fund.