Author: Diana Calix

A Little Goes a Long Way— Safe Drinking Water in Six Weeks / Opatoro-La Paz

Communities in Honduras often are without safe drinking water only for lack of direction and a bit of funding.  This was the case with El Carrizal 2, a community in north Opatoro, La Paz that has 20 houses, a school, and a population of approximately 150 people. Elías, the ADEC Circuit Rider for that area, was concerned that when their monitoring was not finding chlorine water, so he met with the community leaders.  The leaders explained that they had a water storage tank of 20,000 gallons, but they could not chlorinate the water because it was only for an irrigation system, plus the tank was very large.  They thus had no choice but to take the water to their homes un-chlorinated. Elías thus proposed to build a separate tank which would be smaller, inexpensive, and then the water could be chlorinated.  After several meetings with the mayor of Opatoro, the community, and ADEC, all parties agreed to provide the money to build a tank with a capacity of 1,300 gallons.   ADEC then installed a tablet chlorinator.  This community is a great example of how the monitoring and organizational skills of ADEC provide a vital link between communities and knowledge about water.  With minimal time and funds, in only a month and a half, this community was able to chlorinate their drinking water and ensure the health of its inhabitants. IMG-20140630-00321IMG_20140703_103558IMG-20140702-00335IMG_20140706_12320720140721_12505820140721_140640Installation of chlorinator and monitoring of chlorine in water

Combined Systems Installation for Purifying Water in the Community of Linderos / Chinacla

Following a request for assistance from the municipality of Chinacla which had several cases of Hepatitis, ADEC Circuit Riders Elías and Willian went to the community boundaries to evaluate the quality of water that was being consumed.  They found three groups of houses that had no water systems and who were drinking from natural wells.  Elías and Willian conducted a water bacteriological analysis which showed contamination, so ADEC installed three Combined Systems Purify Water in the villages of Linderos and Chinacla.  The systems will benefit a school with 90 children, a health center, and 15 houses, as well as 12 houses in Ocotalito and 10 houses in Los Hernandez.  In total, approximately 350 people will now be protected against water-borne diseases. The water systems will be continuously monitored by elected people who will use properly.  So far there have been no reported new outbreaks of hepatitis.

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Natural wells contaminated used by community/Linderos-Chinacla

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Combined Systems installed for ADEC at  community at Ocotalito, Hernandez  and school/Linderos-Chinacla

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ADEC Circuit Rider Willian , installing and  training people from the community Hernandez/Linderos-Chinacla

 

 

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Progress on the Construction of the Rotary Project Santa Cruz Virginia / Copan Ruinas

Proposed Project This project provide a supply of drinkable water to the community of Santa Cruz Virginia, Copan Ruins. Clean water is much needed component of disease prevention, good health and quality of life that the residents of this community currently lack due to their extreme poverty. They simply do not have the financial resources to provide even this basic necessity for their households. Currently the members of the community obtain their water from nearby streams and transport it back to their community by hand in buckets. The potable water will be transported from  a distribution box located in San Miguel Virginia community through a pipeline , the drinking water will be stored in a tank of 10,000 galons to be built and ultimately the drinking water will be distributed to connections at each household. This project will benefit more than 50 families. Many children are the direct beneficiaries. Progress on the Construction of the Rotary Project Santa Cruz Virginia / Copan Ruinas 731465 On Monday, September 1st, materials arrived (pipe, cement, brick, iron rod, etc.) for the water project in the community of Santa Cruz Virginia. The labor agreement between the Copan Ruinas Rotary Club and the community of Santa Cruz Virginia was also signed. On Friday, September 5th, we will start to make trenches for the conduction line.

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