Improving Guanaja
US Ambassador Inaugurates Clean-up campaign and Water Tank

July 1st, 2005
by Linda Powery

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Ambassador Larry Palmer holding a  key to Guanaja, presented to him by Mayor Eddie Tatum:Yasmira Locandro, Larry Palmer, Mayor Eddie Tatum, Paul Turner. (Photo: Linda Powery)

Ambassador Larry Palmer holding a key to Guanaja, presented to him by Mayor Eddie Tatum:Yasmira Locandro, Larry Palmer, Mayor Eddie Tatum, Paul Turner. (Photo: Linda Powery)


On June 2, Larry Palmer, US Ambassador visited Guanaja to kick off “Guanaja, cleaner as of 2005,” a project geared toward getting rid of trash littering the island, and for the inauguration of system of potable water. Traveling with Ambassador Palmer was USAID director Paul Turner, Governor Clinton Everret, minister of FIHS Leonicio Yun-Way, USAID engineer Mauricio Cruz, national director of project MIRA Robert Jordan and specialist in solid waste management Gregory Kimmit.
Students of the Adventist school and Cristobal Colon school welcomed the guests. Student Alice Hyde sang the US national anthem and Mayor Eddie Tatum thanked the group for their visit and urged the townspeople to get involved in community clean-up work. Professor Consuelo Andrade presented Mr. Palmer with a plaque on behalf of the Municipal for his support and collaboration with the town of Guanaja. Lic Angela Fredrick Miller presented a plaque for USAID to Mr. Paul Turner.

Agreements were signed between USAID/ MIRA and the Guanaja municipality to officially kick off “Guanaja, cleaner as of 2005”; the ribbon cutting ceremony then took place to inaugurate the potable water tank system.
The community tank capacity was upgraded from 61,000 gallons to 291,000 gallons providing 50 PSI pressure. The project was done by US Core of Engineers for $650,000 and will serve 6,000 people.

Students and teachers from the schools cleaned-up at a beach and around Guanaja Cay. The clean-up campaign was financed by Lps. 75,000 donated by PMAIB and Lps 45,000 raised in the community. USAID/MIRA promised to match the Lps. 120,000 raised for this project. Cerveceria HondureƱa donated 40 plastic drums for trash collecting and 20 cases of sodas. [/private]

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