From our first community involvement over thirty years ago, Shoulder to Shoulder has been active in providing clean drinking water and education to rural Honduras.
Local water supply originates from clean mountain springs that surround communities. However, by the time water reaches a home more than half of it has been lost due to poor infrastructure. (See picture to the right for a volunteer's water schema) This allows contaminated surface water and bacterial viruses to enter the supply.
Beginning in 1994, Shoulder to Shoulder developed slow sand filters using local products and fabrication. Many of these filters are still in place, including at our clinic sites.
The local government also plays a role in maintaining local water and sanitation systems. In 2012, we partnered with a group of local Intibucá mayors to conduct a pilot water project in the community of Agua Zarca. Using our data resources as a base, Hombro a Hombro provided the filters and the information needed to target the neediest recipients, and the government assisted us with distribution and maintenance labor for 70 filters and the construction of several new latrines.
Access to clean water is an essential component of a healthy community.
In recent years, with the assistance of the Wisconsin Rapids Rotary Sunrise Club and individual donors, we have purchased over 1,000 Potters for Peace clay filters. These filters produce clean, drinkable water that provide a family’s daily drinking and cooking needs for two years.
Volunteers and brigades have helped us in the distribution of water filters over the years, benefitting many families for years to come. You can read about some of their experiences to the right. Including our volunteer, Nava, an MPH medical student who returned in 2023 to help us test the waters in community water tanks, schools and communities. Finding that 90% of water sources were contaminated for drinking. To read more click here.
How Can YOU Help?
Drinking contaminated water results in enormous health implications, especially for the most vulnerable members of our population – children, the elderly, and the sick. Diarrhea remains the number one cause of death in children between ages 2 and 5, which can be largely avoided by using clean water for drinking and cooking in the homes. Clean water not only prevents children’s deaths but also prevents prolonged and repeated sicknesses, which deprive them of physical and mental development in a crucial age of their development.
A $45 donation buys clean drinking water for a family for two years!
Thank you for your Contribution!
Watch a Water Filter Distribution in Santa Lucia