Rebuild & Renew Project
Since 2009, Pure Water for the World, (PWW) has been working in very rural, underserved regions of Honduras, including Trojes and Planes Abajo, implementing life-changing safe water and sanitation programs and providing essential hygiene education. To date, PWW has reached families across 156 of the 320+ rural, dispersed communities in the region.
In November of 2020, in the span of just two weeks, two significant hurricanes, Hurricanes Eta and Iota, ravaged through Trojes, causing widespread and significant destruction in the areas where PWW teams live and work.
The storms caused substantial damage, tearing down hillsides, washing out roads, demolishing family homes and farmland, and destroying established safe water and sanitation systems. There has been grave concern about the lack of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene and the impending spread of diseases among the communities most heavily impacted by the storms.
With so much destruction across the country, SANAA, the Honduras National Agency of Water and Sanitation, reached out to PWW for disaster relief help in Trojes. SANAA conducted an assessment of community water systems that were severely damaged, resulting in families losing access to their clean water sources. PWW has been working closely with SANAA, local government officials, and the local churches to prioritize needs and help impacted families.
The water system for Planes Abajo was heavily damaged from both hurricanes and the 120 families who live there lost their access to clean water. Funds from Clarke Cares will provide all of the required materials and necessary training to help local residents make the water system repairs and restore access to clean water for all of the families.
Clarke Cares funding will also support the rehabilitation of 28 biosand water filters that had been previously installed but were lost or significantly damaged in Buena Vista, another community that experience widespread damage from the storms.
Finally, Clarke Cares funds will enable PWW to provide vital training and capacity building to the Water Boards for both Planes Abajo and Buena Vista.
In total, generous funds from Clarke Cares will restore access to safe water for more than 500 people and empower two community Water Boards with the knowledge to efficiently maintain and proactively protect their water systems for the future.
Trojes School Project
Good health and wellbeing are as essential to an education as textbooks and directly linked to a child’s success in school. Children who have reliable access to clean drinking water and safe sanitation at school and at home are protected from devastating waterborne diseases. They are able to attend school regularly and receive an education, opening doors to their future.
San Marquitos de Yamales is located in the very mountainous and remote region of Trojes, Honduras. The vast majority of homes and schools in the Trojes region have no access to a central water system or basic sanitation facilities. Open defecation, in combination with agricultural run-off, significantly contributes to contamination of the primary water resources. Diarrheal disease is endemic and a frequent cause of childhood death.
The community of San Marquitos de Yamales has 136 people living in 30 homes. Thirty children, with one teacher, attend the local community school.
Funding from Clarke Cares Foundation helped to provide the school with much needed tools and education, including: