Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America with more than half the population, approximately 66%, living in poverty.
Poverty rates are even higher (69.3%) among rural and indigenous people living in the south, west, and along the eastern border outside of the two most populous cities, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro.
The high rates of poverty are partially attributed to widespread crime and violence and a lack of quality education once children get past primary school. Most of the country’s poor depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and therefore their success is dependent on external events such as export markets and natural disasters.
Limited access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities increases the cycle of poverty. In Honduras, sixteen percent of people living in rural areas do not have access to a basic water source and 25% of people are without access to improved sanitation.
WEFTA engineers have volunteered in Honduras since 2008, initially partnering with Save the Children Honduras on many early projects. Over the last several years we’ve relied on assistance from our in-country circuit rider, Enrique Lozano, who makes trips throughout southwestern Honduras to meet with local officials and community leaders to discuss how WEFTA engineers may be of assistance. Enrique also meets and coordinates with other organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, with goals similar to those of WEFTA.
Projects completed include repairs and upgrades to existing community water systems, construction of new drinking water systems and latrine construction.
Every time we send a crew on a trip to either help or assess a community, we ask our volunteers to write a trip report that details the trip through their eyes. These documents will give you both a look into what it is like being a volunteer and a first-hand perspective on our efforts to help communities.
Size/Area: 112,090 sq.km.
Population: 9,038,741 (July 2017)
Languages: Spanish, Amerindian dialects
Regions: interior mountains, narrow coastal plains
Water & Health
Since 2002, WEFTA has been connecting donors, engineers, and communities in Latin America, all with the common goal of ensuring access to clean drinking water for everyone.
Sanitation & Environment
WEFTA engineers help communities make sound decisions and facilitate the dialog leading to the development of solutions for inadequate sewage treatment, and its associated environmental impacts.
Development & Sustainability
WEFTA volunteers work with the communities we partner with to develop the local skills needed to maintain and manage the water and wastewater systems constructed.