HOPE MISSION CENTER,
LA VILLA de SAN FRANCISCO, HONDURAS

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

Funded November 1, 2023

Although water is abundant in Honduras, the drinking water in this area of Honduras is contaminated with bacteria and parasites.  The mayor’s office confirmed that the underground water supply in the immediate area is among the most contaminated in the municipality.  Consequently, only contaminated water is available without the use of some type of treatment system.  

The Honduras Hope Mission has been working in this area of Honduras since 2006.  In the spring of 2023, we completed the construction of Hope Center, which is used for educational and social programming for families in the community.  There is a security/maintenance person who resides on-site.  Other staff reside in La Villa community and in Tegucigalpa, and our general contractor resides in La Villa.  The building was designed with a rooftop rainwater collection system.  Analysis has been completed on annual rainfall in the community, indicating the need for two 18,000-gallon storage [tanks] for collection.  The system was designed to allow for the same amount of water to be taken out of it per day every day, no matter the time of the year.  This water will serve the families who use the Hope Center while on site.  Excess water beyond the on-site consumption will be distributed to the families who are in the program, and those in the immediate neighborhood.  It has yet to be seen what water ratio will be consumed on-site versus taken home in recycled containers by families in need.

Funds for the project will be received by the HHM treasurer, and wired directly to the Honduras Hope Mission Bank account in Honduras. HHM is a registered NGO in Honduras, with legal counsel and accountants in Honduras as well.  HHM will conduct its standard OFAC checks before approving any payment requests to Honduran individuals or entities.  Then, our staff person/legal representative in Honduras, Gunther Gallo, will authorize the disbursement of funds to the vendors and the contractor performing the work.  Receipts will be sent back to the treasurer in the U.S. and provided to Ingomar Living Waters.

Gunther with the new families

Classroom

The system is designed to run out of water at the end of the dry season (in April.)  This is intentional, as the system must be emptied once per year to inspect and clean the tanks.

The system involves ongoing chlorine dosing, requiring ongoing sodium hypochlorite to clean the water.  Our on-site maintenance person will administer this locally sourced item.

The material cost is approximately $193 per month. This ongoing cost will be provided for by the Honduras Hope Mission and is included in the annual budget.  Any repairs will also be borne by the Honduras Hope Mission, via our annual budget.

Classroom

Kitchen

Serving a Meal

This project will not only provide for the clean water needs of the people using the center while on site;  it will also provide clean water to families in need throughout the year, reducing their exposure to gastrointestinal ailments, and the resulting loss of school days and work days.

The families who are using the Hope Center are provided with Christian education weekly.  Providing clean water to those in need is in conformance with our mission’s goal of sharing God’s love in tangible ways with the Honduran people.  Note though, that programming is open to all, regardless of their faith or lack thereof, and no one is ever turned away.

PROJECT-SPECIFIC COSTS AND FUNDING INFORMATION

Total project cost: $35,500.00

Cost break out:

Materials:          $23,400.00
Labor:                   $3,000.00
Administrative: $1,000.00 for on-site architect (Studio 23)
Other Costs:       $6,000.00 for concrete tank pads, electrical and pipework for wiring
                                                   of recirculation transfer pump, and in-line micro filter
Shipping:             $2,100.00

Future maintenance:     $200.00 per month

Other funding sources available for this project (escrowed monies, etc.):

AqwaLife, aka Prem Sharma Memorial Foundation: $11,500.00
(Note: This is the 501(c)3 organization that designed the system for HHM.  It is a non-profit  organization dedicated
to providing and facilitating access to safe drinking water in underprivileged areas, to prevent water-borne diseases.)

Amount of funding requested: $10,500.00

PROJECT TIMELINE

Funding required by:                              December 1, 2023
Estimated project start date
:               December 1, 2023
Estimated project completion date:   August 1, 2024

Picture of the kitchen to the left and the main building with the classrooms, computer room, etc.
Water collection tanks will be placed on the right of the main building.  At least that is the current plan.

Interim Update March 8, 2024

The Honduras Hope Mission (HHM) team provided a quick update.  HHM is working with the manufacturer in India through the AqwaLife foundation here in the US.  Down payment has been made on parts for the water catchment system has been made.  Production of the components is to follow in an estimated 30 to 45 days.  HHM still hopes to complete the catchment system this year (2024).

Thank you ILW World Changers for providing not only 500 water filters this year (from your 2023 contributions) but also funding a significant portion of the water catchment system at HHM’s Hope Mission Center in La Villa de San Francisco, Honduras!

50% MIDWAY REPORT APRIL 8, 2024

Current Estimated Completion Date: August 1, 2024, unchanged since funding was approved.

Total Current Estimated Project Costs from Beginning to End: $23,040 plus transport, customs, and taxes.

Summary Update:
Manufacture of the system components is being carried out in India at the present time.  Once completed, the material will be transported via ship to Honduras and moved across the country to the site.  Site preparation planning is underway.  Reinforced concrete pads to support the collection and storage tanks have been designed and will be installed prior to material delivery.

Redesign of the two tanks resulted in a manufacturing cost reduction of $460.  However, costs may be increased beyond that savings by customs duties, taxes and ground transportation, once the material is received at the Honduran port of entry.  Funding for any such contingency has been authorized by Board action of the Honduras Hope Mission.  Photos of the site preparation will be provided when the pads are poured; photos of the components during manufacture and prior to shipment have been requested.

This project was made possible by  WORLD CHANGERS!