CLEAN WATER PROJECT

We believe in

Clean Water For All

Education | Hope | Transformation

Education Begins

With A Glass Of Clean Water

clean-vs-dirty-waterIt may seem odd that we would say education starts with a glass of clean water. Yet, when you think about it, not everyone can assume they have access to clean water each and every day. There are many thousands of people in the villages of Julticalpa, Honduras who simply do not have that luxury. In fact, most do not. So, since drinking water is a necessity for survival you can imagine the health issues that are encountered when having no other choice than to drink contaminated water. Ingesting dirty water means being sick for 2 or 3 days. As a result, one cannot make it to school no matter how well-intentioned.

Spearheaded by the the Mission Honduras leadership at Holy Family Catholic Church, efforts to provide purified water began in 2014. After years of medical missions treating parasitic diseases, it became apparent that the health of the communities we serve starts with access to clean water. If children are to grow and thrive in school, their parents must have clean water for drinking and cooking. Thus the decision was made to extend our focus to include providing clean water and education to the communities that we serve.

Working in partnership with a Honduras based non-profit organization called the Olancho Aid Foundation, HFCC Mission Honduras provides financial and manpower resources for these projects.

The Water Project Process

In preparation for installing a purification system, the Foundation is diligent in its process to be sure each community is ready for the responsibility of managing a system. Olancho Aid trains community members to run the systems, creating 2-3 jobs in each location. The Foundation maintains systems with weekly inspections to ensure both functionality and accountability.

Pablo Explaining Filtration System (Solar Powered!)

Pablo Explaining Filtration System (Solar Powered!)

The entire process from preparing a community, building the structure to house the system and finally installation can take 3-6 months. During that time, each community invests what they can in the project. That may include materials, labor, or education so their children learn the importance of clean water. Olancho Aid ensures that every purification system is a sustainable partnership with the community.

Members of the villages are trained to maintain and manage the system and oversee the distribution of the purified water. Families will travel to obtain their weekly or semi-weekly 5-gallon jug of water. They purchase the water for a significant discount over other pure water vendors.

Not only do the systems provide a vital source of pure water but the installations create jobs within the villages.

Do date, through the generous donations of our benefactors, 10 water systems have been installed do date with 6 coming in the year of 2016. With God’s help (and yours) we hope to see 17-20 villages getting fresh water. There have been over 10,000 lives directly affected by access to clean drinking water. It boils down to about $1.20 per person for a lifetime of access to this water.

Costs of a system average about $10,000 for an electric run system; $13,000 for a solar system. Solar systems are NOT a luxury, it’s a necessity as many villages do NOT have electricity. Can you imagine that? What a gift of mercy to lighten the load of these beautiful families by providing them access to clean drinking water!

 

We hope you can see yourself saving thousands of lives and improving the well being of children and families of all ages with a generous donation.

Take a look at our video on the right to see how impactful your donation will be.

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We are always looking for help. You can help move more clean water into the villages by place a donation today.

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All of these great updates from the team leaders these past couple of week no doubt must ignite a little curiosity of what it's like to be a team member on a HFCC Mission Honduras trip. Well take a look at this video created by our own Ann Hussey. A beautifully done video capturing the team putting their faith into action.

Please pray for traveling mercies for team 2's return today.

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Team 2 Day 6
From team leader Don DiLucchio
Team 2 had a wonderful final day………

The morning was spent at a water project started by team one where we finished the foundation and began to lay the dirt for the cement floor. The afternoon was at our initial water project village playing with the children, hanging a piñata and watching the simple joy on their faces when the candy dropped to the ground.

The day ended with reflection followed by our tradition of exchanging prayer rocks. The exchange became rather emotional for some.

We also have a tradition for each team to draw a mural on the wall. Below is the mural from Team 2.

We are all looking forward to the return home. We will be leaving Honduras at 12:05pm on United flight 1541 landing in Houston at 4:!5pm. We will then depart Houston on United flight 1937 at 7:55pm landing in Nashville at 9:56pm.
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Team 2 Tuesday & Wednesday update
From team leader Don DiLucchio
Team 2 has had an eventful two days.

Sorry about not having an update this morning but the power was out and thus we had no internet. Life in Honduras.

Tuesday we spent he day at a worksite at the elementary school preparing for expansion of the students stage and addition of classrooms. It was a long hot day where we took a longer lunch with a little nap. Everyone was out cold. During the afternoon all enjoyed homemade popsicles. What a refreshing treat.

Today we spent the morning touring the Olancho Aid schools and projects, spending some time in town walking through the streets, visiting stores and stopping in the Cathedral.

This afternoon we spent time handing out donation in a village not far from Julticalpa. It was an emotional afternoon for many. All donations were distributed to those who needed them most. A few pictures are below of the afternoon. Thank you all for the many donations you provided.

This evening we had an authentic Honduran meal at a local restaurant. After dinner Deacon John lead us in reflections. He took a different approach to pray as we practiced listening rather than speaking.

Everyone is just unwinding and beginning to go to sleep.

Good news…..Everyone is Healthy……

God Bless.
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Team 2 Day 3 update
From team leader Don DiLucchio

Good Morning:

Sunday in Honduras is relaxing and eventful at the same time. The team was grateful for a day of rest after our hard day at work on Saturday.

We started our day with the readings and Jesus Calling. It is awesome to have Deacon John share his perspective of the readings with us during our group discussions. Unfortunately he did not bring any props to support his comments, LOL.

Mass was once again a celebration which everyone appreciates. The way the villagers welcomed us with the sign of peace during mass was discussed many times during evening reflection. It’s always amazing on how welcoming everyone is to our group. Our handicapped friend was at mass and gave the majority of our group big hugs when he walked in.

After mass we spent some time relaxing before sorting donations. Donations are sorted to make for easier distribution later in the week.

In the afternoon we visited a village up in the mountains. Our group, including several of the Hondurans who work for Olancho played the locals in soccer. Unfortunately we lost 5-3. Everyone who played was exhausted after the game. But the most action was occurring on the sidelines as the adults on the trip were playing with all the local children during the game. The laughter and smiles of the children were incredible.

In the evening we had our reflection time. It is amazing on how deep the conversations are becoming considering we have only been together a couple of days.

Everyone is doing well.

Off to the water project to finish the foundation today.

God Bless.
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What Water Means To Me

“When I drink water, I sometimes forget how it is an assumed luxury. When I realized I have brothers and sisters in Christ who see clean water as a commodity, I was moved to reach out and help.”

– Jay W.