In 2021, we shared news that Honduras had been characterized as a migratory passage country for people traveling north from different countries within Central America, and, to a lesser extent, for people traveling from the Caribbean and Africa (read blog).
Migration through Honduras has continued to evolve, with hundreds of migrants crossing the borders into Honduras every day. The National Migration Institute of Honduras has registered the entrance of 141,200 migrants between January 1 and October 31, 2022, representing nine different nationalities. Most of these migrants are traveling through the El Paraíso Department of Honduras, which include the towns and regions of Trojes and Danlí, where PWW team members live and have been delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming for over a decade.
The LIFE-Honduras Consortium was established this year to meet the unprecedented needs of the migrants and the demands placed on local communities. The Consortium addresses emergency response activities that cover the sectors of child protection, education, water, hygiene and sanitation, nutrition and health. The LIFE-Honduras Consortium is made up of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Action Against Hunger Central America, Pure Water for the World (PWW), ChildFund Honduras, the Adventist Development and Assistance Resources Agency (ADRA), and the Suffering Relief Foundation – FAS, with funding from U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
In response to migration WASH needs, the Consortium has provided hydration points in the municipalities where migrants transit. Portable latrines have been installed at some points to improve sanitation conditions, and hygiene kits have been distributed to the most vulnerable.
Temporary Rest Centers have been established in Choluteca, Danlí and Trojes. Men’s and women’s bathroom facilities have been constructed, water storage tanks have been installed, and portable latrines have been installed, where needed, to improve conditions at the centers where the current facilities were not sufficient to meet the demand. Hygiene kits have been distributed to men, women and children.
In addition to supporting the health of migrants, this comprehensive response also supports the health and wellbeing of the impacted communities in Honduras.