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Junta Administradora de Agua y Saneamiento de las Aldeas de Guayabito, Confradía, Destino, Naranjal y Jicaro Gordo (GUAYABITO)

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Public Statement 2014

Title Supporting Local Capacity for Water Administration and Associated Resources
Type of organization Grassroots water board
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   $73,525
Counterpart Committed $48,805 ($32,270 in cash and $16,535 in-kind)
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 1,500
Indirect: 7,500
Primary program areas Environment; Education/training; Health


Organizational background:
GUAYABITO operates as an association of water boards serving five communities in the department of Olancho. It was founded in 1972 and became legally constituted in 2007. Its mission is to provide users with efficient service and to develop their ability to maintain the water system.

Project Objective:
To further conservation and protection of local watersheds and repair water and sanitation infrastructure.

Description: 
Honduras. GUAYABITO launched its water system 40 years ago and has successfully maintained and expanded it since then. It has been proactive in its protection of the watershed. Participating communities will acquire knowledge and experience that will help inform the IAF for future decision-making regarding collaborative water projects. The training will develop the financial skills of community leaders and accountability to external donors.

Rationale for funding:
This project will contribute to the focus on rural development in the IAF’s portfolio for Honduras. GUAYABITO launched its water system 40 years ago and has successfully maintained and expanded it since then. It has been proactive in its protection of the watershed. Participating communities will acquire knowledge and experience that will help inform the IAF for future decision-making regarding collaborative water projects. The training will develop the financial skills of community leaders and accountability to external donors.

Learning Opportunity:
This project will provide knowledge on how a non-governmental entity can organize and provide water services based on environmentally-friendly practices with limited outside support. Moreover, the project does this while cultivating increased knowledge about environmental, water and sanitation issues among the local population, especially local leaders.