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Federación de Juntas Administradoras de Agua y Saneamiento de Morazán Yoro (FEJASMY)

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Public Statement 2015

Title Together for Water in Morazán
Type of organization Community-based group
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   $183,000
Counterpart Committed $156,660 ($90,000 in cash; $66,660 in kind)
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 8,000
Indirect: 8,000
Primary program areas Education/training, environment

Organizational background
FEJASMY unites water management boards from 12 communities in Morazán, Yoro. Founded in 2004 to improve the quality and sustainability of its members’ water systems, FEJASMY became legally constituted in June 2013. It is led by a Board of seven directors that meets monthly and is elected every two years by a general assembly of 36 members. FEJASMY has committees on management, the environment and sanitation as well as an advisory committee. Its achievements include assisting 17 local water management boards with filing to become legally constituted, advocating with the municipality to protect seven watersheds, developing procedures for maintaining supply systems, and teaching communities to purify drinking water. FEJASMY has received support from Goal, World Vision, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Caritas.

Project Objective
To improve water quality in Morazán, Yoro.

FEJASMY will work to assure the sufficiency and quality of the water supply in 12 communities of Morazán, Yoro, by training their water management boards in effective management and maintenance; furthering efficient use; repairing, updating and expanding infrastructure; and developing as an organization capable of prioritizing needs, identifying sources of funds, advocating effectively on behalf of constituents and undertaking new projects. The more reliable flow of potable water should benefit 8,000 Hondurans directly and another 8,000 in nearby communities indirectly. 

Rationale for funding
FEJASMY is a grassroots organization whose members represent 12 communities that are highly motivated to improve their water systems. Members of both FEJASMY and the various water management boards represented will acquire useful skills that will benefit thousands of Hondurans. This project is community-driven and gives these boards the opportunity to take on responsibilities beyond repairing infrastructure.  

Learning Opportunity
This project will demonstrate how a grassroots group can organize and provide water services based on responsible practices and with limited external support. It could also show that, by organizing around basic needs, community residents acquire skills that can be applied to address other issues.