Two-thirds of people in Honduras live below the poverty line. In rural areas, one in three people live in extreme poverty. About 638,000 people lack access to safe water and 1 million people in Honduras do not have a decent toilet. Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America.


The north-east region of Honduras, known as La Mosquitia, mainly in the coastal area of the Rio Platano Biosphere and Rio Kruta.

Who’s being helped

Indigenous people in La Mosquitia region, whose way of life is threatened by deforestation and land degradation. They survive by fishing, hunting and gathering food from the forest and sea. Their homes are basic, without drinking water or toilets. Communities have very limited access to education and healthcare.

The project

Thousands of people in La Mosquitia are benefiting from the water and sanitation projects run by our partner MOPAWI. The project includes rainwater harvesting, digging hand-pump wells and building dry composting toilets which are proving very popular with local people. They are also installing ‘laundry soap traps’ which help reduce the pollution of local waterways and restore biodiversity in areas where women traditionally wash clothes.

MOPAWI’s work on water and sanitation is part of a much wider programme which includes land rights, food and drinking water security, and the governance of natural resources.

(Sources: MOPAWI, water.org and World Bank)