The Community of Nueva Esperanza, New Hope, has benefited from the Rotary Project to improve the water system, upgrade housing and provide latrines. ADEC provides training on Health, Hygiene and Basic Sanitation for all families in order to improve the quality of life and continuously monitors the level of chlorine in the drinking water. The Nueva Esperanza project is a Rotary memorial to the life of Heidi Johnson.
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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.
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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.