El Sauce

The people of El Sauce, a rural village in Honduras, lack access to clean water. The 500 residents are impacted by waterborne illnesses via a distribution system with serious supply, maintenance and contamination issues. El Sauce lies 5 km west of Villanueva, and is comprised of roughly 80 homes.

EWB NoVa’s community-based organization partner in El Sauce is Armor of Hope (AOH) Ministries whose mission is to alleviate human suffering in impoverished areas through sustainable, faith-based development. AOH has been working in El Sauce for eight years, providing primarily acute healthcare to the village, as well as providing health education services. The EWB-NoVa team is excited to build upon this partnership and implement quality solutions for the people of El Sauce.

EWB NoVa conducted an assessment trip in November of 2015 to meet the residents, understand their concerns, and evaluate system inefficiency as well as the needs for repair and upgrades. Currently the water supply system consists of an aged network of PVC piping, sourced by three spring boxes of varying age and quality, supported by a series of storage tanks. Following the initial assessment trip, the team has identified additional water quality sampling needed to close the gaps in the information collected on the first trip. The team also discovered the need for changes to the oversight and management of the water system and has already begun working closely with the community water committee to begin implementing changes.

The people of El Sauce, Honduras lack access to clean drinking water and the 500 residents are impacted by waterborne diseases with water supply, maintenance and contamination issues. Project objectives include providing the community access to clean drinking water, public health education and addressing water supply challenges. The EWB-NOVA project team conducted the first assessment trip in November 2015 to meet the community, evaluate the water system and assess steps for a comprehensive evaluation. Based on the results of the assessment and the priorities of the community, the team plans to implement three projects to address increasing the supply of clean
water by digging a well, distributing the water throughout the community, and treating the water. The team traveled for their first implementation trip in July 2017 and successfully completed drilling a well for the community. The 200′ deep well took three weeks to dig, and was driven by another partner organization, Primero Agua, a non-profit organization founded to help bring clean potable water to the people of Honduras. You can watch drone footage of the El Sauce community and the well drilling work during this last trip by clicking here!

Unfortunately, due to security concerns, The State Department and ISOS (EWB travel insurance provider) have suspended travel to Honduras. The project team is developing a plan to remotely implement the next phase of the project – connect the well to the distribution system. We are searching for in-country contractors and vendors to support our efforts.

The EWB-NoVa team is eager to consolidate support for this project, and anyone interested is encouraged to volunteer time, materials, and/or funding! For information, contact the team at elsauce@web-nova.org. Team meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month immediately following the EWB General Body Meetings, and every 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 pm or on alternate dates as needed. All General Body Meetings are located at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center (7054 Haycock Rd, Falls Church, VA 22043). Students and professionals are welcome!