The community of San Antonio Granadilla, located in the rugged coffee growing region of Lempira, Honduras, is comprised of 48 households involved in coffee production as small farm owners and coffee pickers.
Currently, the community relies entirely on a few small rivers and contaminated springs for their water supply. To reach it, the women of each household trek long distances multiple times a day just to meet the basic family needs of drinking, cooking, bathing and laundry. Without easy access to both clean and convenient water, the health and productivity of the entire community are negatively impacted.
This integrated water project will ensure that the 48 households of the San Antonio Granadilla community each receive a tap and water-seal toilet in their home, ending their walk for water.
Project #43 includes:
- A water system with piping and distribution to each individual household
- A water-seal, pour flush toilet in every household and the local school
- Community organization and training to ensure long-term sustainability and durability of the system
- Hygiene education program, made fun through social gatherings that include songs, skits and games
Water1st's local partner in Honduras is COCEPRADIL, a cooperative composed of communities that have previously completed water and sanitation projects. The cooperative exists to assist communities with long-term system maintenance and construct new systems for communities in need.
All project organization and construction will be completed by the community, demonstrating their long-term commitment to the project. Every household contributes exactly the same amount of labor as a way to make sure it's fair for everyone. While exceptions are made and worked out by the community, most often families find a way to contribute their share.
The water source for this project is a capped mountain spring. Water will flow downhill via 3 miles of pipeline to a 5,000 gallon storage tank. From there, water will continue to flow downhill by pipeline to each household.