La Vegona, Copan
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The community of La Vegona is located 30 minutes north of the town of Copan Ruins in the department of Copán. 270 people live in this community of 45 homes, possess a school and a church. The people in the community work in the agricultural cultivation of tomatoes, chiles and coffee. Currently, the community collects their water directly from the nearby river and natural wells, without any treatment.
The Rotary clubs of South Carolina District 7750 in the United States and Rotary Club of Copan Ruins in Honduras made efforts to bring clean water to this community through the construction of a water system consisting of: Dam, pipeline, tank 5,000 gallons, distribution line, home network, pressure breaker boxes, control valves, cleaning valves and air valves.
Peace Corps volunteers in Copan Ruins, Copan and Marcala, La Paz helped in designing the water system. Agua y Desarrollo Comunitario (ADEC) is working on the implementation, as well as monitoring the project through technical assistance for the Water Board and beneficiaries.
The La Vegona water project was completed and the community received water on February 10,2012 and the inauguration was attended by 350 people including a delegation from Fort Mill South Carolina lead by Al Steele. In addition to the water system 35 latrines and pilas were constructed. the project was dedicated to the life of Nancy Nelson Wood of Stuart, Virginia.