Honduras' water and sanitation crisis

Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, with approximately 63 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Many of the rural poor work as subsistence farmers, growing only enough food to feed their families and leaving little money for anything else. 

Across the country, more than one million lack access to improved sanitation, and 638,000 lack safe water. Rural communities face the most challenges, as many people obtain their water from small springs that are unprotected, contaminated and often without water during the dry season. 

Financial inclusion data has shown that low-income households in Honduras have limited financial capability and knowledge. Luckily, credit cooperatives are a growing part of the financial landscape and are beginning to serve many low-income households.

Our impact in Honduras

Water.org has worked in Honduras since 1990. We are currently working with a long-time partner on a direct impact program, including construction of a community water system, and health and hygiene education. Through this program, more than 3,600 people in the communities of Mejocote and Montaña Verde will gain improved access to water.

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    The beauty of community ownership

    Maria’s family was very involved in the construction of the new water system and household latrines. Guatincara’s water project is a gravity flow water system that delivers water from a mountain spring to all the participating homes in the community.

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    Something to gather around

    For centuries a meal has served as more than sustenance. Whether simple or extravagant, around the world meals are known to bring people together for fellowship, celebration, and giving thanks.

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    Water gives food

Stories of people we empower in Honduras

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