Imagine not having a reliable, clean source of water for drinking, basic personal and food hygiene, laundry and bathing for close to a decade!
On May 28, 2009 at 2:24 am, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred off the coast of Honduras, near the island of Roatan. The people of Milla Tres (a small town on the northern coast of Honduras) were awakened by the terrifying shaking and ran into the streets out of fear. The earthquake caused at least seven fatalities, 40 injuries, and more than 130 collapsed or damaged buildings across northern Honduras. In the town of Milla Tres, the earthquake damaged the water supply system and the people of Milla Tres have not had clean water since. While a temporary system was rigged, it supplies only dirty water that does not meet the needs of the town.
Engineers Without Borders Professional Chapter of Minnesota is working with the community to build a reliable, clean source of water for Milla Tres. Our goal is to create a system that will allow the town to have fresh water for the next 20 years and beyond.
During our most recent trip in September 2017, a water holding tank was erected in the dense jungle-covered hills above Milla Tres. This will store water gathered from a small dam, filter sediments and treat the water for consumption. We are raising $100,000 to purchase supplies and equipment, so we are able to complete the holding tank and lay pipe to deliver the water to the town.
We are asking that you please contribute whatever you can. Your generosity will help make this long suffering community whole once again.
Thank you for your support!