Helping schools, hospitals and communities with safe water
From 2017 to 2020 Water2Life will be active in Honduras. The focus in Honduras will be public institutions that are ind dire need of safe clean water.
Honduras has suffered more devastating natural disasters than most other countries. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch caused massive and widespread destruction. It was said that fifty years of progress in the country had been reversed. Mitch destroyed about 70% of the crops and an estimated 70–80% of the transportation infrastructure, including nearly all bridges and secondary roads. The 2008 Honduran floods were severe and once again damaged or destroyed around half of the roads as a result.
These natural disasters have taken their toll on an already struggling economy, and as a result many public institutions today are among other things lacking the budget to maintain or acquire a safe water system.
Froylan Turcios School
Second project Water2Life finished in Honduras was the public school Froylan Turcios. With more than 2,000 students and staff the school is an important institution in the local community. For many years though, it has not been able to secure clean water to the premises which have had consequences to the students health, the hygiene in the school, the canteens and the overall economy of the school.
Our project aimed at ensuring an independent solar powered water supply from own source. Clean water in the school has meant that parents of the students don't need to worry about their children getting sick from the water, it has meant a hygiene and quality boost to the canteens, and the school is now able to sell clean water to the local community as well for a nominal fee, benefitting the community and ensuring that the school can pay for maintenance and repairs when needed.
San Isidro Hospital
First project in Honduras was San Isidro Hospital in Tocoa. According to the regulation, the hospital can accomodate 4,526 patients per year. In reality, it has more than 9,000 patients per year.
The hospital needs access to clean water for its operations, as well as drinking and washing. However, as a community hospital, it lacks a sufficient budget for repairs, maintenance and development. Furthermore, it has an insufficient budget to acquire an improved source of clean water.
Our project aims to make sure that the hospital will have its own water source,filtration and chlorination treatments to deliver safe water. Plumbing, sinks,showers and toilets will also be renovated. The pumps will also be powered by solar panels, ensuring stability and sustainability.
Our NGO partner in Honduras: Water Mission
As in the previous projects, Water2Life is working together with a NGO with a local presence and knowledge. Working together with Water Mission was the obvious choice due to several reasons: The NGO has globally helped more than 3000 communities in the last 20 years with similar challenges, and has for the last 10 years had a close relationship with Grundfos. Engineers, project managers and community workers placed in the same city as the San Isidro Hospital ensures the optimal conditions for helping the public institutions, and solving any ad-hoc challenges fast and effectively that would occur.