To provide clean water, sanitation, and proper hygiene education to 25 families in Zapotal NO 1 in the remote region of Trojes, Honduras. We will provide sand filters and latrines, giving hygiene and sanitation workshops, training to water committees and
The Municipality of Trojes is known as the “recovered zone of El Paraíso, as it once was part of the Republic of Nicaragua. Due to the influx of contra rebels into this area in the 1980’s many people fled the area lowering land values, and perhaps more importantly, the region has been left without any support from any central or regional government. This is one of the poorest regions of Honduras.
According to the National Center of Statistics, this region has 5823 homes from which 4724 are in the rural region of this municipality. In the rural area 3339 of the houses do not count with a water system and use water from the river or streams (most of them contaminated.)The sanitation situation is not any better as 53.59% of the houses do not have a place to dispose their feces. This means that almost half of the half the population of Trojes is without proper sanitation.
The water sources are often superficial or very close to ground level; as rainwater travels overland it picks up bacteria, parasites, etc. and ultimately contaminates the source. Further contamination often occurs through inadequate piping systems and improper storage, both at the community and household level.
The first phase of this project with UNICEF is to provide clean water and sanitation to 32 communities by June, 2112. PWW’s 6 year goal is to reach all those communities requesting help.
LocationEl Paraiso, Trojes, Honduras
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Households
Secondary Focus: Sanitation - Households
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 175
For this specific project – 175 people will benefit.
School Children Getting Water: 100
There is one school in this comminity with about 100 children.
People Getting Sanitation: 175
. For this specific project, 25 households will benefit.
People Getting Other Benefits: 2
One person per every ten households will be trained as “community stewards” who will help maintain the filters and will provide follow up.
We will provide hygiene education to every household, will train community stewards, and provide training to water committees and local hygiene committees.
This project will be structured to focus on capacity building of community leaders and community agents to deal with challenges that will continue to arise in the future.
Start Date: 2009-09-01
Completion Date: 2009-10-31
Pure Water for the World was approached by UNICEF to implement a bio sand filter project in this region. UNICEF conducted a local needs assessment to determine the solution which would be accepted by the community. The bio sand filter was the method that was selected.
PWW has found that the most feasible, effective and economic approach to improving water quality in developing countries is through household water treatment and safe storage. Specifically, they have found the bios and filter to be most suitable.
This approach is also endorsed by the World Health Organization :
A growing body of research suggests household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS):
1. dramatically improves microbial water quality
2. significantly reduces diarrhea
3. is among the most effective of water, sanitation and health interventions
4. is highly cost-effective
5. can be rapidly deployed and taken up by vulnerable populations.
This project will focus not just on HWTS but also hygiene education and sanitation. Recent studies show that “The most successful projects (measured primarily by time saved and health benefits to communities) focus not just on supplying water, but also on sanitation and hygiene, which often are more immediate causes of death or illness” . This will be a holistic project, targeting more than one type of improvement to further increase the health impact. This project will address water treatment via the bio sand filter, sanitation via latrines and hygiene via formalized hygiene workshops and the training of a hygiene committee.
The project is designed to be sustainable such that after project completion the benefits of the project will be ongoing without technical or financial assistance from outside of the community. Many aspects and components of the project contribute to its sustainability, including: appropriate technology, community ownership and involvement, extensive education of all beneficiaries, capacity building of community committees, etc.
PWW wanted to provide more than just clean water as improving health required sanitation and hygiene education. PWW added these critical elements to the project with UNICEF.
“Combating waterborne disease at the household level” (World Health Organization, 2007).
Oldfield, John. “Community-based Approaches to Water and Sanitation: a survey of best, worst and emerging practices.” Water Stories
This is one project. The funding is split into parts. UNICEF provides the funding for the filters, buckets and parasite treatment. PWW raises funds the personnel, latrines, education and training as well as manages the project.
We involve the community and families by hosting hygiene workshops. We also train community stewards to ensure that the filters and latrines are being used properly and who can maintain the filters and latrines.
Prior to the launch of the project, community leaders met to discuss the goals of the project and they provided their input. The final project was designed based upon their input.
By training individuals to become “community stewards” who will learn how to maintain the filters and latrines, the project is sustainable.
Also, each household pay $8.00 for filter and latrine which funds the monitoring of the household for 2 years.
Maintenance Cost: $200
Prior art before metrics
Co Funding Amount: $4,221
UNICEF will fund filters, bottles, filter training. PWW will fund management oversight.
Community Contribution Amount: $500
in kind Household members receiving latrines must provide labor by digging the pit and helping install the latrine.
For this project, the amount is 500.