Misiones Del Agua
Location: Tocoa, Honduras
Projects installed through FY2013: 251
Language- Spanish, along with various indigenous languages.
GDP Per Capita- $4,200
Population- Almost 8 million.
Poverty Level- 59 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.
Religion- Nearly 80 percent of the country is Roman Catholic,
while the rest are mainly Protestant or Muslim.
Climate - Subtropical in the lowlands, temperate in the highlands.
Brief History - The nation was first settled by the Mayans and later explored by Columbus in the early 1500’s. The country became an independent nation in 1838 but has dealt with political unrest since.
Program Overview -The most significant project in the history of Water Missions Honduras was Project SafeWater Colόn, a comprehensive, multi-year, $4.7 million Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project designed to establish baseline statistics and provide sustainable access to safe water and sanitation to the residents of the Department (State) of Colόn, Honduras (pop. 390,000).
The project, initiated in February 2007 and completed in 2014, was funded by The Pentair Foundation as a humanitarian gift to the people of Colon to help meet their great need for access to safe water and adequate sanitation facilities. According to Honduran government statistics in 2007, 33% of the people living in Colόn lacked access to safe water for cooking and drinking and 43% of the people lacked access to adequate sanitation facilities. Assessment work revealed that less than 5% actually had access to safe water.
In 2009, a team of researchers traveled to Colόn, Honduras to conduct a health impact study associated with Project SafeWater Colόn. The study showed that there was "an approximate 52% reduction of clinical visits for diarrheal diseases in the 34 months after the community water system became fully operational." Also for those receiving safe water and safe water with sanitation facilities, based on the 2010 study results, “communities where Water Missions International had intervened with safe drinking water and community development programs showed a six fold decrease in parasite levels over those with no intervention, as shown in the enclosed chart” below. The results of the health impact study were printed in the winter 2010 publication "Practicing Anthropology."
Staff members in Honduras continue to implement community-managed safe water and sanitation projects and are currently looking for partnerships to begin an initiative similar to Project SafeWater Colόn.
Click here to read the Executive Summary of the SafeWater Colon Health Impact Study.
Click here to view and learn more about the Health Impact Report in the Practicing Anthropology publication.
To donate to our Honduras Country Program, please go to my.watermissions.org/donate and designate Honduras Country Program.