Located in the heart of Central America between Guatemala and Nicaragua, Honduras is known for its natural beauty, rich culture and warm people. Unfortunately, it’s also widely believed to be the poorest country in Latin America.
The combination of massive unemployment, a national health crisis, little government support for education, healthcare or social services, and lingering devastation from Hurricane Mitch has only worsened the situation. The result is a cycle of poverty and crime that’s almost impossible to break without direct intervention. Thousands of children are abandoned, impoverished or orphaned, many living on the streets or in conditions most Canadians would find unimaginable.
- 60% of Honduras’ 8 million inhabitants live in terrible poverty
- 36% of the population are children (in startling comparison to 16% in Canada)
- 52% of families in Honduras are single parent families – most led by women struggling to raise large families
- Crime rates are high and where women are the offenders, Honduran policy requires that babies up to two years old be imprisoned with their mothers. Often children are born there.
- The devastating force of 1998’s Hurricane Mitch left over 1 million people homeless and living in unsanitary, unsafe conditions. Many have never recovered what they lost and remain homeless to this day.
- Honduras is home to 70% of AIDS cases in Central America
- Only 40% of Honduran students complete primary school.
Why Friends of Honduran Children?
- Our grassroots volunteer organization keeps overhead low and focuses on the real needs in Honduras.
- Our brigades offer a unique travel experience to make a tangible difference in the lives of Honduran children.
- Our volunteers have the opportunity to get to know the children and the dedicated staff in Honduras.
- Our sponsorship program offers stable support for the children and establishes a link between the sponsor and the child.
- Our organization enables transformation of Honduran children from victims of poverty to self-sufficient members of society.