Programme of basic sanitation and health in rural areas of Honduras

The implementation area of the project covers the geographical areas of Valle, Francisco Morazán, El Paraíso, Olancho, Colón and Gracias a Dios
Sector Hydraulic Infrastructure (Water and Environment)
Social & Environmental Sustainability (Institutional, Economic and Social Development)
CountryHonduras (America)


The project foresees a group of actions to repair the damages in the water and basic sanitation infrastructures produced by the hurricane Mitch. This hurricane has damaged an important part of the rural population in Honduras, estimated in 600,000 people distributed along 1,200 communities.

The project consisted in two main components:

  1. Drinking water (water supply and wells): This component included the rehabilitation and extension of the basic water supply systems to a total of 1,100 rural aqueducts and the construction of 3,087 wells.
  2. Basic sanitation. This included the construction of 29.700 latrines, training of 900 local promoters and educational courses for beneficiary families in hygienic and sanitary practices.

The project also includes complementary strengthening activities:

  • The promotion of citizens' participation.
  • Organisation and training of local councils in topics of drinking and waste water management;
  • Workshops on sanitary education and personal hygiene for beneficiary population;
  • Training of local promoters and plumbers;
  • Assistance to local authorities for water and sanitation tariffs;
  • Elaboration and adaptation of regulations and user manuals for the administration and operation of installed facilities.