IMPROVE ACCESS TO WATER SOURCES

 
Roy Lara and Adrian Amaya, water board chair in El Tulito, celebrate the new   park and improved water source for three villages with funding for tree-planting from American Forest and volunteer labor from dozens of villagers.

Roy Lara and Adrian Amaya, water board chair in El Tulito, celebrate the new park and improved water source for three villages with funding for tree-planting from American Forest and volunteer labor from dozens of villagers.

For the SVH villages, there are plentiful sources of water in the mountains above the villages, but farmers and their families may not be able to gain access to them.    Tubing, installed years ago, is failing in many communities. Wealthy landowners up the mountains have contaminated some water with chemicals or cattle waste. With inadequate or unsafe water for families, family health suffers.   And women and children spend hours to bring water a kilometer or more from a local river or stream.

Protecting and enhancing water sources for fields and crops involves protecting the forests that typically surround water sources.     A recent grant from American Forests funded reforestation around water sources. (Photo C1) Vecinos staff is also teaching SVH villagers to build a water filter that converts gray water from laundry and bath water to water that is used for vegetables in a kitchen garden.  (photo C2)

Recently, Vecinos Honduras has played a significant role in increasing village access to usable and safe water.    Vecinos has formed a partnership with another NGO, Water for People (Agua Para la Gente), to improve water sources for several SVH villages.   

Antonio Gamez of La Majada shows off his water filtering system.   

Antonio Gamez of La Majada shows off his water filtering system.   

Children in SVH communities are encouraged to reflect on the role water plats in their environment through artwork and other creative exercises.

Children in SVH communities are encouraged to reflect on the role water plats in their environment through artwork and other creative exercises.

Vecinos has also facilitated the strengthening of village water boards and encouraged them to undertake improvement of their water sources and find sources of funding and partnerships to undertake significant projects.     For further support, Vecinos has helped connect them to the water agencies in the “municipality” (equivalent to a county) in Chinda or Ilama