IMPACT exists to build clean water systems for impoverished villages in remote areas of Honduras, and to enrich the spiritual lives of its U.S. volunteers and the Honduran villagers it serves.
Thirty years ago, Mark Smith led a small group of men from San Antonio, Texas deep inside the Amazon jungle to build a sustainable water system in a remote Huaorani village. This was the group’s stated purpose, but God had a far greater purpose in mind.
As the men toiled amidst the heat and humidity, they underwent a spiritual renewal of sorts–and it would not only change how they viewed the world, but also how they viewed themselves.
Burdened by the need for clean water in remote villages, and passionate to help men grow in their faith, Mark transitioned from his pastoral position and began leading water projects full time in 2008.
Since then, more than 300 men have served on IMPACT’s Honduran trips, laying nearly 300 miles of pipe and providing water to nearly 10,000 people in nearly 30 remote villages.
We’ve never had a water project go down. In fact, our first water project built in 1986 is still functioning today!