In November, two Category 4 hurricanes swept through Honduras just three weeks apart. The back-to-back disasters affected three million people, with 180,000 displaced. Homes were submerged, crops were ruined, and 93,000 people began living in emergency shelters.
But you did not leave them without hope. Thanks to your ongoing generosity, we were able to quickly empower our staff in Honduras to deliver safe water and hygiene essentials to the communities hit the hardest.
Our team began trucking safe water from our country office in Tacoa to emergency shelters and impacted communities. We provided more than 6,000 hygiene kits with essentials like toilet paper, face masks, and hand sanitizers, and we’re continuing to distribute one million water purification packets donated by P&G.
With your support, Water Mission engineers swiftly repaired 20 of our safe water systems that were damaged by the storm and installed 24 emergency safe water treatment systems in shelters and communities.
One of the first safe water systems we installed was in Perla del Ulua, a school-turned-shelter for 500 people in the city of El Progreso.
Maria and her family embarked on a three-hour journey under the punishing rains of Hurricane Eta to seek refuge at the shelter. She worried they wouldn’t make it there alive—and what the conditions would be like in the shelter if they did.
The 63-year-old grandmother has diabetes, and her weakened immune system makes her more vulnerable to COVID-19 as well as illnesses from unsafe water.
“I was nervous when I first came here, but now I’m not,” Maria told us through her mask. She now feels protected with access to the safe water and hygiene supplies provided by Water Mission.
“We are so grateful to have shelter and safe water here,” Maria said. “We use it for drinking and all our cooking.”
Maria’s husband, daughter, and two grandsons have already left the shelter, returning home to salvage anything they can and make plans to “start over from zero.”
Now, as families like Maria’s begin to rebuild their lives, you are helping to support them with long-term recovery initiatives. Water Mission’s engineers and technicians are currently assessing the affected communities to determine their ongoing needs and opportunities to install additional safe water treatment systems.
We are so thankful for your monthly support and ongoing prayers—and the tangible difference our Thirst Quencher community makes every day in the lives of people like Maria and her family.
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