What makes you happy? People in Yamaranguila, Honduras, show us the people, places, and things that represent faith, family, local culture, and hope for the future — what makes them happy.
Why World Vision is in Honduras
In 2018, political protests about the reelection of the country’s president turned violent. Citizens have little trust in the government because of widespread corruption and injustice. Honduras has one of the highest rates of inequality in Latin America, meaning an elite minority benefits from politics while already-vulnerable families and children suffer disproportionately. The country’s economy faces instability because it’s largely based on food exports, which can be directly affected by natural disasters. Honduras is one of the countries in the world most prone to natural disasters or climate change effects. And other challenges exist for Hondurans. More than two in five rural families live in extreme poverty and don’t know where their next meals will come from. Many children experience a limited childhood because they have to go to work, often in exploitative conditions. Crime and violence are rampant. The average amount of education is only seven years, which negatively impacts kids’ future prospects. Thanks to the generosity of donors, in 2018 about 118,000 Honduran families were supported with disaster readiness, job opportunities, and more. Tens of thousands of people now have access to clean drinking water. Children and families learned how to improve their sanitation and hygiene behaviors, to stay free of diseases. Communities were equipped with plans to reduce the impacts of disasters, should they occur. We’re helping to strengthen schools so children get quality educations, and raising awareness among families about the negative effects of child labor. Families learned skills for parenting with love and respect instead of violence, so kids can grow up better protected.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Honduras
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Children and local leaders are working together to improve their communities. They attended workshops to learn about leadership, good citizenship, and how to help keep children safe and protect them from abuse.
- Through youth groups, boys and girls learned about conflict resolution, advocacy, and teamwork to build stronger communities and protect themselves from violence.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Children have better access to safe drinking water and toilets after old facilities were upgraded and new facilities were built. Children also learned about good hygiene practices to reduce illness and improve health.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- Youth learned practical skills to help them prepare for the future, including learning English. Teachers also attended workshops to learn new skills for teaching English.
- Youth are better prepared to start their own businesses and provide for themselves and their families. They had opportunities to study entrepreneurship and vocational skills such as hairdressing, cooking, and phone repair.
Prayer Requests from Honduras
World Vision's staff in Honduras are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
The peace and well-being of Hondurans, especially those who are most affected by injustice and inequality.
The country’s children to have access to all the opportunities they need to fully develop into flourishing adults.
News from Honduras
OCT. 15, 2020, HONDURAS — In Yamaranguila, Honduras, families have gone from struggling to thriving thanks to child sponsorship and World Vision’s community development model. As a result, Yamaranguila has the lowest migration rate in Honduras, and residents say they have everything they need for a good life.
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