This project was launched in 2008, but due to the deep political crisis in Honduras, was extended the following year and will be completed in June 2011.
The goal of the project is to prevent water-borne diseases and, consequently, improve the quality of life of the most neglected sectors of the city of Tegucigalpa. This will be done through the re-education of the population in sanitary behaviours such as hand washing and disinfection of drinking water.
The Partner for this project is The Project Implementation Unit of Neigbourhoods in Development of the National Autonomous Service of Aqueducts and Sewers.
The project is carried out in the capital city, Tegucigalpa, and surrounding areas in the Central District Municipality department of Francisco Morazán.
The methodology used is the strategy PRASH (Project Safe Water and Hygiene), through which organized a project implementation team was organised from within the UEBD / SANAA. Workshops were developed to organize and train the Safe Water Committees, composed of community volunteers who helped to conduct effective follow-up of families and the development of community meetings or assemblies. They also supported the work done in schools, and organizing committees for children.
The results obtained in this project are tangible as it has already achieved the goal of 9,025 families reached. Having reached 10,146 families it has exceeded the target of coverage. Of these families, 74% performed some water treatment, another percentage buys bottled water and only 8% consume untreated water in the home. They are also engaging in activities of personal hygiene and maintaining a clean and hygienic house. These accomplishments were achieved through the support from the Safe Water Committees organized in the 36 communities and 20 schools that were part of the project. As part of the intervention, there were also 14 community exchanges between committee members organized in neighbourhoods and villages that were part of the project.