SOURCE: Corporacion Dinant

Corporacion Dinant

September 07, 2016 09:00 ET

Miguel Facusse Foundation Formally Opens Aqueduct in Zacate Grande, Honduras

Dinant's Executive President Hails Life-Changing Supply of Drinking Water

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS--(Marketwired - September 07, 2016) - Miguel Mauricio Facusse -- head of Corporación Dinant and President of the Miguel Facusse Foundation, named in honor of Dinant's founder -- recently attended the formal opening of an aqueduct that will deliver fresh water to 500 local families in Zacate Grande. Requiring an investment of around 2 million lempiras (about US$87,000), the project has been funded by the Miguel Facusse Foundation, the Honduran National Congress, the Mayor of Amapala and others, and will carry a sustainable supply of drinking water to villages in southern Honduras.

Commenting on the formal opening of the aqueduct, Miguel Mauricio Facusse said, "My family and I are enormously proud of the Foundation's achievements over the years, but no project has been more important to us than bringing fresh water to the people of Zacate Grande, here in this beautiful region of Honduras. Easy access to safe, sufficient, and affordable drinking water is a fundamental human right. Now the people of Zacate Grande can exercise that right -- here in their schools, churches and villages -- rather than have to walk several hours each day to and from the nearest source of clean water and then carry that water home in buckets and jugs."

Mr. Facusse continued, "Like my father, for whom our Foundation is named, I am passionate about the wider benefits that responsible businesses can bring to society. This project is a wonderful example of private enterprise, public leaders and international volunteers joining forces to achieve something quite life-changing for people less fortunate than ourselves."

The Zacate Grande aqueduct provides clean drinking to the residents of Los Huatales, Las Pilas and Tierras Coloradas. It connects villages, schools and churches to a fresh water supply, supporting the development and progress of these communities, and enabling local people -- particularly children and the elderly -- to lead much healthier lives.

To ensure a sustainable supply of fresh water, the Miguel Facusse Foundation will provide local people with training on the operation and maintenance of the aqueduct. Crucially, the Foundation will continue its national soil conservation and reforestation program, an issue of great importance to Honduras that Dinant has pioneered by planting nearly 10 million trees since 1996, including 3 million on the island of Zacate Grande alone.

Dinant is a family-owned consumer products manufacturer founded in Honduras in 1960. Its products are sold across Central America and the Dominican Republic, and exported to global markets. Since 1994, the Facusse family and Corporación Dinant have given over 600 land titles to low-income families, schools and societies in the Langues, Huatales, Earth Cheles, La Negra, Puerto Grande, La Flor, El Golfo and Punta Novillo communities in Zacate Grand, amounting to over 800 hectares of land. For many years, the Miguel Facusse Foundation has worked with Zacate Grande communities to develop school programs, medical teams, food supplies, sports tournaments, recreation areas, forest conservation, and the breeding and releasing of endangered species, such as green iguanas and red macaws.

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