Clean Water Efforts Underway in Central America

POSTED BY: Laurie Willing on November 6, 2015 CATEGORY: Blog Health Honduras Newsletters COMMENTS: 0

“Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink”

by: Laurie Willing

The line from the poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, may have been written over 200 years ago, but it remains a fact for the HOI communities in Honduras and Nicaragua.

When impure water creates sickness, disease and even death, opportunities for education and employment diminish. Contaminated water becomes a catalyst for poor health which creates and continues to feed the cycle of poverty.

“Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you…” Exodus 23:25

For many years, HOI has partnered with the Honduran government, local communities, U.S. mission teams, and other organizations to install water lines from reasonably clean sources to villages and individual homes to improve potable quality. However, the water can still be contaminated through poor handling and storage, as well as breaks in the lines from the source.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Mission Team

The HOI mission team from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dunedin, FL, decided three years ago to make clean water its church’s mission focus. Through discussions with the HOI Ranch staff, a plan was made to supply an entire village with in home water filtration systems. This pilot program proved to make a significant improvement in the health of the village! The cases of waterborne illnesses dropped dramatically in the village of El Mico and the results are life changing for the families!

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HOI is committed to continuing efforts to purify water in the homes, so beginning in 2016 it will be one of our focus areas. Major fundraising efforts, support from U.S. Mission teams and personal investment from the locals will help the organization with its goal to have purified water in homes where we serve in Honduras and Nicaragua. Along with the filtration system, families, schools and communities will be provided with hygiene education, installation training and equipment maintenance instruction.

Clean water will transform lives and communities for generations. We hope that you will partner with us in 2016 to make a difference in the life of a child, a parent, a village.

Laurie Willing
Laurie Willing
Executive Director