About 9.6 million people live in Honduras, with 1.5 million lacking access to clean, more accessible water resources. Rural areas account for 1.2 million of that. Overall, almost two-thirds of Hondurans live in poverty. The Central American country ranks 132 of 189 on the 2019 United Nations Human Development Index. People migrate to escape gang violence, drug trafficking, one of the world’s highest murder rates, and to find economic opportunities.
Rural families lacking access to safe water consume water from streams or open wells—the same places where people bathe and wash clothes, and animals defecate—leading to diseases. Drought lowered crop production and subsistence farmers struggled to feed their families.
Providing Clean Water in La Angostura: Mayra and Heber Colindres live in a beautiful home high in the mountains near Las Minas. To provide for their family, the Colindres grow coffee, corn, and beans, making a small income each year. Their daughters are the joy of their life, and Maria Elena, their youngest, is an “angel from the Lord.” She was born with severe microcephaly, a condition that requires attentive care by her parents, and her life is a miracle to the family. Although they live in the dry corridor of Honduras, the Colindres land has abundant water from a large spring that flows at a rate of 300 Gallons Per Minute. Water is plentiful for drinking and farming, and it is a precious resource for the family.
The water situation for families in La Angostura, a mere 12 miles away, is instead bleak. For decades, families there had only one water source, a dirty watering hole contaminated with E. coli and other dangerous bacteria. Families have prayed daily for a new water source, but water sources are scarce and the land expensive. Several potential water sources the community pursued alongside World Vision Honduras fell thru. In one case, the families approached a large commercial tobacco farmer to obtain access to his spring. The man refused and threatened to harm the families if they tried to access his land. In La Angostura, mothers and fathers were desperate, and they continued to plead with the Lord for a miracle. That miracle came from the Colindres family.
When Mayra and Heber heard of the community’s plight, specifically the children, they were heartbroken. They could not bear to see other children suffering and knew that Maria Elena would tell them to help if she could speak. They also felt a deep calling from the Lord to give us their most precious resource, their water source, to help the most vulnerable. They could have sold the water source for an incredible sum that would have ensured a financially comfortable life for their family. Instead, the Colindres family worked with World Vision and the surrounding communities to donate the watershed to end other children’s suffering. The water project will bring clean water to over 2,600 people in the area. Community volunteers have worked with World Vision for the past year to dig by hand 19.2 miles of pipeline and construct four water tanks. This March, families in the community will safely gather to celebrate the miracle of clean water flowing for the first time. On heaven and earth, there will be much rejoicing.