Located in Central America, Honduras is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. 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. Although many of the communities have water systems in the rural areas where Water For People–Honduras works, the water from these systems doesn’t 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 (communities, schools, and health clinics) with access to safe drinking water and sanitation.