El Caragual

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Engineering
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health


El Caragual is located within the municipality of Nacaome in the department of Valle in Southern Honduras. The typical house is made of adobe and mud. Children in the community have access up to 6th grade. El Caragual has no water system in existence. Most of the community members work in agriculture. The top needs expressed by El Caragual‘s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are a water system, public health projects, and access to health care.

Municipality: Nacaome
Department: Valle


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
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The Honduran government provides two different types of health centers throughout rural Honduras: Centros de Salud Médico Odontológico (CESAMOs) and Centros de Salud Rural (CESARs). CESAMOs are the larger of the two, often found in municipalities, and typically have at least one physician on staff at all times with nurses and potentially a dentist. CESARs are found sporadically in rural communities and generally have a single nurse available. Even with this coverage, it is important to note that medications, supplies, and materials are often not available in these health centers and the physician density in Honduras remains around 1,220 people for every one doctor. According to the World Health Organization, there should be a maximum of 435 people per physician to qualify a country as having adequate access to medical attention.

Community members in El Caragual have access to the CESAR located in their community. Although the CESAMO has a medical staff that provides consultation, it usually lacks medication and access to a lab and pharmacy. During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders in El Pedregal reported that the most common illnesses seen in kids are flu, cough, and fever and in adults are diabetes and diarrhea.


Patient Consultations


Vision screenings provided


The community of El Caragual does not yet have Community Health Workers. Global Brigades Honduras’ Medical Program is working diligently to train volunteers as CHWs in its partner communities as part of the Holistic Model. El Caragual will receive training as soon as possible to support the health of its community members further

Community Health Workers, or Guardianes de Salud, work on a volunteer basis as advocates for health care within their communities. While this is an existing program in Honduras and Guardianes de Salud are identified by other organizations and some health centers, Global Brigades is able to bridge gaps in access to training and provide more comprehensive technical skills. Our CHWs are some of the very few Guardianes de Salud to receive certification from the Honduran government.

Our CHWs are tasked with treating and preventing common illnesses, and some of their responsibilities include first aid, supporting and caring for pregnancies and newborns, and responding to emergency situations. They are also responsible for following up with chronic patients to ensure the proper administration of medications and treatments to avoid further complications. Additionally, CHWs provide support for brigades that are hosted in their area. At the completion of their training, CHWs are equipped with basic medical supplies and equipment provided by Global Brigades and its partners. The presence of these volunteers and their advocacy for health within their community contributes to the sustainability of health care supported by Global Brigades’ Medical Program and, is one of the most impactful disease prevention strategies in rural communities across the globe.


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
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Working closely with the Medical Program, the Dental Program provides fillings, extractions, and fluoride treatments as a standard part of Medical Brigades. Most community members do not have regular access to dental care due to the lack of a dentist within a reasonable distance.


Dental consultations


Number of extractions


Fillings performed


Program Status

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El Caragual does not have an existing water system, only a common well. Community members face many difficulties accessing water, both for drinking and for either cleaning or washing. Global Brigades completed the water system design in June 2021 and will begin the construction as soon as possible.




Meters of piping measured


Capacity of water storage tanked designed


Est. population served by water system


The optimal solution to provide this community access to water would be to design and construct a water system that contains a water storage tank of 10,000 gallons and install adequate piping. This will ensure the correct water distribution and coverage across the community.


Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Central Florida Engineering TeleBrigade June 2021 8


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Caragual but has not yet begun with the Water Program. Now in the planning phase, the Water Program will begin implementing a new water system or any necessary repairs to existing infrastructure following the Engineering Program’s evaluation and recommendations.

Water System : Not Started
Number of Wells : 6
Homes conected to a water system : 0
Number of Members in Water Committee : 7


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Caragual but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, a community bank will be established as soon as feasible.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Caragual but has not yet begun with the Public Health Program. Now in the planning phase, the financing, delivery, and installation of household health infrastructure products will start as soon as feasible.

Homes with latrines : 21%
Homes with eco-stoves : 0
Homes with water filters : 0

Local Reference Points

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