El Granadillo, Nahuaterique, La Paz
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The community of El Granadillo, Santa Elena lies within the region of Nahuaterique, and their water system is in need of repair. The current system has a functioning tank and distribution network, but the conduction line is currently made of rubber tubing, which causes excessive loss of water to the system. There are 23 homes without a connection to the distribution line, and 47 homes without existing latrines. The community Water Board recently requested the assistance with the improvement of their potable water system to ADEC.
A brief history of the region: The border region of Nahuaterique has been a part of Honduras since 1992. Before then, it was part of El Salvador, and was caught in the crosshairs of a border dispute for over 12 years. As a result, many of the people in these communities are still working towards residency with Honduras, and do not receive many benefits from either their former or current country. This area is also hoping to form their own a municipality, which will give them more access to federal funding and more clout with the government. However, because they have yet to obtain municipal status, this area has been deprived of funds for close to 20 years, and has received little help from local or international organizations.