Help bring safe water to Las Crucitas, Honduras

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In the coming year, Water 1st will be supporting the community of Las Crucitas, Honduras with the implementation of a water, sanitation and hygiene education project. In Spanish, ‘Las Crucitas’ means ‘Little Crosses.’ One can’t help but notice in the nearby graveyard an abundance of little crosses, marking the graves of children who have died […]

Earth Day is every day for our project beneficiaries

Water meters are installed in our piped water systems.  Water meters enable the communities to accurately track spring production over time and season - indirectly giving them feedback of watershed activities.  The combination of meters at various locations in the systems are used to determine if the water system has leaks and to discourage waste.

We often use the term “subsistence” to describe our rural project beneficiaries.  They live off their lands.  They are entirely dependent upon access to natural resources in order to survive.  They also have less real control over these same resources, and are more severely affected by poor environmental conditions—such as pollution and poor water quality—than […]

Contaminated water at the White House

Safe water in Ethiopia

I recently finished the book “Team of Rivals,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s nearly 800 pages, so it took me a couple of months and a few long flights to Honduras and Ethiopia get through it. After seeing Dr. Goodwin on The Daily Show, I was very interested to read this biography and see how […]

Tegucigalpa, Honduras’ water supply, or lack thereof

Los Laureles reservoir, surrounded by the city of Tegucigalpa.

A friend of mine sent me a link to this blog about the water woes faced by middle or upper class people living in La Ceiba, a port city on the northern coast of Honduras.  Their issues with water tanks and water service remind me of another Honduran city, Tegucigalpa, the capital. Although I’ve never […]

Celebrating Día Mundial del Agua (World Water Day) in Honduras

A popular contestant in the poetry reading contest, plus a great view of Honduran cowboy hats in the foreground.

I just returned from a great visit to Honduras with three Water 1st board members, a hydrology student from the U of A and an engineering grad student from MIT. We were there to visit completed water and sanitation projects implemented by our local partner organization, to see how the projects are functioning one or […]