Located in Central America, Honduras is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. The country’s mountainous terrain and coastal plains are home to almost 8 million people. The people are almost entirely mestizo—a mix of Spanish and indigenous ethnicities—and speak Spanish as well as Amerindian dialects. Due to recent rapid urbanization, about half the population now lives and works in urban areas. However, high underemployment rates and unequal distribution of income mean that over half the population lives below the poverty line.
According to the most recent Joint Monitoring Program Report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, 89% of people in Honduras have access to improved water sources and 81% have improved sanitation facilities. While these numbers are impressive, they do not provide a complete picture of water and sanitation access in Honduras. Though many of the communities have water systems, water in the rural regions where we work often does not meet government quality and quantity standards.
Water For People first began supporting water and sanitation efforts in Honduras in 1997. From 1997 to 2006, Water For People–Honduras worked with partner organizations in over 90 rural communities. In 2007, it developed a regional strategy to target specific districts and to provide Everyone in these areas with access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Currently we focus our efforts in three Everyone Forever districts: Chinda, San Antonio de Cortés, and El Negrito.