Here are basic facts and FAQs about Central America migration, how World Vision addresses root causes of poverty there, and how you can help. One program raising promise among vulnerable youth in Central America is Youth Ready. Through this approach, we help young people discover their potential, develop specific career and life skills, establish support networks, build character and confidence, and plan for their future in their communities. This is work is made possible, largely because of child sponsorship.
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.
- Child protection teams in villages in Honduras are being mobilized to keep children in rural areas safe from abuse and violence. These protection committees actively monitor the safety of children and address any rights violations or abuse through the appropriate channels.
- Children's groups in Honduras are inspired to serve their communities. Children are coming together to work with community leaders and mentors to select, fund-raise, and implement community service projects to improve conditions in their villages.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Better health in Honduras is being promoted though improving access to clean water by drilling new wells and installing new water systems. In addition, disease prevention is happening by installing new toilets for boys and girls on school grounds to promote improved sanitation.
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.
- Children in Honduras have more positive school environments to facilitate learning since improvements were made to school infrastructure, such as new larger, brighter classrooms and repairs to roofs and walls of existing classrooms.
- Through a collaboration with the ministry of education, churches and community leaders in Honduras, life skills education was facilitated through the Entrepreneurial Education model. This model uses interactive and culturally appropriate approaches to teach youth positive values, critical thinking, communication skills, self-care, critical thought, and HIV and AIDS prevention.
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
Giving Tuesday is coming up Nov. 27! Blogger Melanie Ham reflects on one of her favorite days of the year and how we all can give back as a community and as a nation to charities like World Vision. They are partnering with Thirty-One Gifts again this year, which means a product match of up to $2 million!
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