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TaiwanICDF Partners with Catholic Relief Services to Help Honduras Strengthen Community-Based and Municipal Water and Sanitation Systems

TaiwanICDF Partners with Catholic Relief Services to Help Honduras Strengthen Community-Based and Municipal Water and Sanitation Systems

In order to sustainably improve and expand water and sanitation services for underserved rural and small urban communities in Honduras, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) is cooperating with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a renowned international NGO based in Washington, D.C., U.S., to provide technical assistance to local water services providers (WSPs). TaiwanICDF Secretary General Ambassador Timothy T.Y. Hsiang and CRS Honduras Country Representative Conor Walsh signed the cooperation agreement on December 17, 2020 in an online signing ceremony witnessed by H.E. Diego Wen, ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Honduras. This technical assistance project will strengthen the capabilities of local WSPs to operate as financially viable organizations and improve access to water and sanitation services in 150 communities, covering a total population of about 200,000.

In his remarks, Secretary General Hsiang stated that water and sanitation cannot be isolated from each other in terms of personal hygiene and environmental sanitation, and sufficient and clean water is required. This project will facilitate the Government of Honduras to alleviate the strain on water demands to strengthen prevention for the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, collecting and managing water is one of the core responsibilities of female members in low-income households. Women and girls particularly will benefit from this project as the burden to collect and manage water in household disproportionately affects them. Hence, addressing women’s needs for water, environmental sanitation and sanitation of family members is one of the key drivers for achieving gender equality.

Located in Central America, Honduras is one of the countries in the world most affected by climate change and is short of water resources. The 2016 Country Monitoring WSS Report (MAPAS) for Honduras sponsored by the World Bank estimated that only 38 percent of the water delivered in urban areas is potable. Most people in Honduras receive water services managed by local WSPs, who will be the target beneficiaries of this project. Through this technical assistance project, WSPs will improve their business capabilities and provide stable and continuous delivery of clean and adequate water supply.

Since the 1970s, Taiwan has assisted developing partner countries through socio-economic development projects from traditional agricultural and fishery cooperation, small and medium-sized enterprise development, and human resource education and training, to the public health field. This public health project aligns with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6: "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.”

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  • Date:2021/1/13