Access to a reliable supply of safe drinking water is a fundamental human need. Now, faced with the COVID-19 global health emergency and two recent back-to-back devasting Hurricanes in Central America, safe water is crucial to survival. The people we serve in Honduras and Nicaragua are navigating similar challenges as many of us while also struggling with the difficulties they faced before the pandemic: for many, the lack of access to safe water and hygiene and the lack of basic infrastructure to handle a health emergency.
Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a growing need for our safe water solutions across Central America. We have adapted the way we work in the field under new, extraordinary conditions, and are working hard to meet the increased demand and to help slow the spread of the virus in already vulnerable rural communities.
Our team continues to work on the front lines in over 1,300 communities across Honduras and Nicaragua to ensure there is ongoing access to safe drinking water. We provide drinking water purification for communities, distribute chlorine tablets to treat harmful bacteria and the Coronavirus in water sources, and provide technical support, and education on health and hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, many of these communities lack the healthcare infrastructure needed to fight COVID-19, making safe water even more important to keep families safe from waterborne diseases and allow for proper handwashing and hygiene to stop the spread of the virus.
Furthermore, the devastating flooding and destruction that resulted from two back-to-back hurricanes that struck Central America have further amplified the great need for safe drinking water in the communities we serve. Now more than ever before, safe water saves lives.