IMPROVE ACCESS TO WATER SOURCES
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.
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