Safe water and sanitation in Honduras

The Canadian International Development Agency, along with CARE Canada, initiated a training program on sustainable water and sanitation for female plumbers in Honduras (PASOS III).  The Women Plumbers Program was instituted in two communities with additional funding received from the World Bank. Currently, the program has graduated a total of 28 women plumbers who are maintaining 13 water systems in 29 communities.  The program is providing valuable skills training and is helping to change the perception of women’s capacity and their role within the family, workforce and community.  By facilitating income generating opportunities for women, family livelihoods are being improved.

As a qualified plumber and a leader in this water sanitation project, Rosalina Ortega (foreground in photo) is a role model for women in Tarritos, Honduras. "It is important to be a woman plumber because when someone does a job, that person is important," says Rosalina. About 42 percent of the community's municipal water systems are managed by women.

The project aims to strengthen the capacity of municipalities to provide safe water and sanitation services to communities on the North Coast of Honduras through improved and responsive local management and municipal governance. The project is expected to reach up to 20,000 beneficiaries by 2012.