Honduras Water Project
The Honduras Water Project is a service-learning field course in development for three weeks each May. The course involves pre-trip classes, reading journals, a group project, and an overnight retreat. The Honduras Water Project provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge by bringing running water to impoverished people in Honduras. Students receive credit in King's Social Science program for their involvement. The project is also a great opportunity to get exposure to another culture and gain field experience.
King’s has been partnered with World Renew (formerly CRWRC) the Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference and Diaconia Nacional (Honduras) for more than 20 years to make what we call The Honduras Water Project possible.
For most of us in Canada, taking a drink of clean, safe water is just a matter of walking to the tap. For many people in developing countries, it's only a dream. Their water source may be contaminated or be a long distance from their village and needs to be carried home.
Since we began, teams of approximately 10 to 15 King's students have traveled to remote villages in Honduras to assist people in obtaining safe, clean drinking water and to learn the principles and practices of sustainable community development. They do this by building a simple, effective, and low-maintenance gravity water system. Most of the team members are young adults who give up a month’s wages to contribute to an important development project that also builds a relationship between communities in Canada and Honduras.
Many organizations and churches contribute financially to provide the materials for the projects like pipes, mortar, a pump, tools, standpipes, etc; however, team members need to raise the funds to get to Honduras and cover the cost of board-and-room and transportation. The teams arrange several fundraisers including car washes, silent auctions, bake sales, local yard clean ups to raise their trip fees of about $3,500 each.
To make a donation to this year’s team, specify “Honduras Water Project” on the donate form.
Who do we serve?
The 2016 Honduras Water Project (HWP) team worked with a community in Varsovia, one of the eight districts of the Azacualpa community in the southern Honduras municipality of El Triunfo, Choluteca. 327 people live there in 89 houses and have some basic services such as electricity, mobile phone, and public school from grades one to six.
The people's main sources of income are related to agriculture as a means of subsistence. Another small group in the community work in the shrimp industry. Most of this group is engaged in wage labor, earning an average of $5.00 per day to support their families.
One of the vital needs of the community is potable water--there are no clean water sources nearby. There is a well some distance away; however, during summer it dries up leaving families to wait in line for long periods of time for two buckets of water. This water is used for drinking only and the nearby river water is used to wash clothes, shower, and for hauling homes for cleaning. The children are the most affected by the poor water availability as they suffer from many diseases: diarrhea, vomiting, parasites, as well as poor hygiene. One of the alternatives would be to have a potable water project that brings water through pipes to each one of the homes.
“The Honduras Water Project was an opportunity to develop cross-cultural ties of trust and respect to restore the broken relationships between Hondurans and the Western world. We came to serve, to learn, and to connect. We realized the importance of healing and restoration in all forms, for truly it is this which enables people to endure, hope, and rediscover purpose in a world that fails them."
– Jordyn Brandsma
For more information or to register, visit the Honduras Water Project study abroad page