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Composting Latrine

Composting Latrine

In an effort to improve sanitation in the area, a composting latrine was implemented in the area called the Casitas in Pimienta, Honduras. This composting latrine was a pilot program, and only one was implemented in the community. After a couple years of use, the latrine is still in working order and is a benefit to the community.


Drainage Ditch

Water Drainage System

The area known as the Casitas in Pimienta, Honduras, is a neighborhood built on a fairly steep hill. With rainfall patterns similar to those in Hawaii, the area experienced problems with erosion. Homeowners were having to replace eroded soil with rocks to support their foundations. As a more sustainable solution, a system of drainage ditches was implemented. Also, gutters were installed on each house to direct rainwater runoff to these ditches. As always, the community played a huge part in the entire project.


Retaining Wall

Retaining Wall

To protect the houses in the area of the Casitas, a retaining wall was implemented. This wall provided protection against eroding soil sliding and damaging the houses in the neighborhood.


La Nana Bridge

La Nana Bridge

In 1998, the destructive forces of hurricane Mitch wiped out the area where this project was to be implemented. After the hurricane, vehicular transportation through the area was virtually non-existent, and erosion continued to be a problem. The community came together to help solve these problems by implementing a bridge culvert project in partnership with our chapter. The culvert was engineered to handle the rainfall in the area, and a road was built. The bridge has made for eaiser delivery of water to the community, and children now have an easier path to the local school.


Rain Gutter

Rain Gutter

These gutters were installed as part of the water drainage system listed above.