Project History & Timeline

Since 2005 more than 300 students faculty, staff and alumni have traveled to Honduras, serving in four different, developing communities.

2007 – Partnership Commmunity
We selected the village of Embarcadero in Atlantida, as a partner community where we could focus our efforts in community development.  Embarcadero, an 18 family agricultural cooperative community, had an impressive set of goals for sustainable progress The Jewell campus community and Embarcadero purposed to work together to build ecological composting latrines in their village, to protect their water source from contamination.

2008-2009 – Project #1 Composting Latrines
We built relationships and learned about the villagers’ desire for cleaner water. We partnered with Ecotono, an organization in Guatemala,  to learn about the value  and construction of dry composting latrines, or sanitarion secos. Each family built a sanitarion seco for their home.

2010 – Project #2 Venting, Fuel-Efficient Stoves
Hondurans use wood-burning stoves for cooking. To address the goal of improved health in the community we partnered with UNAH-CURLA, a nearby university, to teach the women of Embarcadero to build fuel efficient, lorena stoves, that vented outside the home, making the air in each house much cleaner.

2011-2012 – Project #3 Microenterprise
In an effort to build a stronger economic base in the community, a small group of Jewell business students partnered with community members and students from UNAH-CURLA to develop a business plan for a small tienda in the village. Prior to this store being in the village, residents walked over a mile to the neighboring town of Esparta for daily essentials. Embarcadero was given a boat and motor, enabling them to begin a small fishing business to supplement their palm grove income.

2012 – Project #4 Electrical Power
On their own, the leaders in Embarcadero negotiated a deal with the local mayor and the power company to bring electricity into the village. We partnered with them to purchase a transformer that would allow power to be distributed throughout the community.

2013 – Project #5 Improved Water Quality
The leaders of Embarcadero are currently developing a plan to improve their water quality. With the aid of government officials, they are awaiting results of water testing so they can determine the type of pump and filter that will be needed.

2013 – New Partnership Community – Phase 3: Multiplication/Replication
Given the remarkable progress of our partners in Embarcadero, we invited them to join us as we traveled to a new village, roughly 4 hours into the interior of Honduras to initiate a partnership with the village of Matagua in the Department of Yoro. Led primarily by our liaison, Engineer Sarahi Zeron, we have visited the village of Matagua twice. They have focused their efforts on leadership and organizing so they too can work as a community to bring about the desired improvements needed in their village.

2014 – Learning about Composting Latrines
In January, a Jewell team traveled to Matagua. The team joined villagers to build a model “Sanitario Seco.” The residents determined these composting latrines would help their community reach its sustainability goals.