Food For The Poor, Water Mission Team Up to Provide Safe Water in Honduras – Honduras

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (June 7, 2022) – Three vulnerable Honduran communities devastated by back-to-back hurricanes in 2020 have come closer to a lasting solution to clean tap water thanks to donors from Food For The Poor and Water Mission, who together are transforming lives.

The Charity and Water Mission responded immediately after Hurricanes Eta and Iota in November 2020, installing temporary emergency water treatment systems in Bosques de Santa Lucia, Campo Las Flores and Los Achiotes.

When the crisis was over, the three communities looked for a permanent solution.

Discussions in these communities led to plans to build permanent enclosures to protect the new water treatment system and an agreement with each community to charge a small monthly fee to help with maintenance. Residents are also receiving training to instill good hygiene practices.

“Secure access to water helps prevent the spread of waterborne diseases that cause illness or death,” said George C. Greene IV, PE, CEO and President of Water Mission. “We are grateful for the continued partnership with Food For The Poor, especially in Honduras where increasing access to clean water is bringing hope and restoration to so many communities.”

In Bosques de Santa Lucia, the FFTP country partner CEPUDO built a permanent housing after installing the treatment system. A commissioning ceremony with the community commemorated the milestone.

A safe water committee made up of residents was elected and the first cycle of hygiene training was completed. One resident has been trained to operate the system, which includes regular water quality testing to ensure safe water flows for years to come.

“The safe water project creates more unity among residents,” said Donaldo, a resident of Bosques de Santa Lucia. “We have noticed that people are now coming who have never come to a meeting before. People learn about the use of clean water by meeting with Water Mission staff and us. Everyone is more aware of how to use water properly and how important it is to life.”

Betsal, another Bosques de Santa Lucia resident, said the project has brought many benefits, including better health and fewer doctor visits to treat waterborne diseases.

“People are talking about it and using more clean water now,” Betsal said. “We no longer suffer from stomach diseases. Before, we would not consume clean water. Now we do and feel healthy. Now we have learned to use clean water.”

Bosques de Santa Lucia is a new sustainable community development, being built in phases over five years, providing 145 families with safe housing, running water and flushable toilets, access to education and economic opportunities to lift themselves and future generations out of poverty.

FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine expressed his gratitude to Water Mission and the charity’s donors for providing a lasting solution to the water needs of families in Bosques de Santa Lucia, Campo Las Flores and Los Achiotes.

“We take a holistic approach to lifting families out of poverty, and a big part of that is providing one of the most important elements to live and thrive: safe drinking water,” said Raine.

The water projects in Honduras are just a few of the many projects that FFTP and Water Mission have worked on over the years.

Watch this video to see how FFTP and Water Mission work together to transform lives: https://foodforthepoor.org/bosquesdesantalucia

In Campo Las Flores, on the banks of the Ulùa River, post-hurricane floods have washed more than 3 meters of water over the community.

A water tower was already in place, but the water was untreated as it was piped to households. The hurricane damaged much of the system.

Water Mission is working to repair damaged equipment and replace pipes.

The community hired a contractor to construct a raised enclosure to protect the water treatment equipment and electrical controls from future flooding. A solar-powered pump and a treatment system will be installed at the well. The safe water is stored in the community water tower before being channeled directly to each household through the new pipes.

Hygiene and management training is ongoing. The community plans to have the enclosure completed by early June so they can proceed with installing the water system.

In 2020, FFTP and CEPUDO launched Los Achiotes Sustainable Community Development for 74 families.

After Hurricanes Eta and Iota, families were evacuated and relocated to emergency shelters. The new land the community will be relocated to stayed dry after the hurricanes. The land has been backfilled and leveled and installation of sewage and plumbing components has begun.

About water mission

Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for people in developing countries and disaster-struck areas. Since 2001, Water Mission has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to bring clean water to more than 7 million people in 57 countries. Water Mission has over 400 employees working at its headquarters and around the world in permanent country programs in Africa; Asia; North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Notably, Charity Navigator has awarded Water Mission its highest four-star rating for 15 consecutive years, a distinction shared by just 1% of the charities assessed by the organization. To learn more, visit watermission.org, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter.

About food for the poor

Food For The Poor, one of the country’s largest international aid and development organizations, does much more than feed millions of starving children and families living in poverty in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. This non-denominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief, clean water, medicine, educational materials, housing, support for vulnerable children, care for the elderly, skills development and micro-enterprise development. Visit www.FoodForThePoor.org for more information.

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