Honduras is located in the heart of Central America with population of over 9 million people.
It’s one of the least developed countries in Central America due to its long history of corruption, poverty and crime. It’s also one of the most unequal countries in the Western Hemisphere. Nearly half of the population live below the poverty line.
The government of Honduras ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990. Nonetheless, many children in the country face great hardship, and are in need of protection.
SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Honduras since 1968.
Primary education is free and compulsory in Honduras. However, children from low-income families often have to drop out of school. They are needed to work full time and support the family.
Around 20% of primary school aged children are not attending school. Children that are able to attend school may be faced with issues such as poorly trained teachers that have limited access to effective teaching materials, lack of resources and local schools.
Honduras has the second highest poverty rate in Latin America & the Caribbean. 4.8 million Hondurans live on less than $5.50 per day and third of the population lives on just over to that amount.
Poverty is felt in both rural and urban areas. However, since 2017, poverty rates have been increasing among urban households.
Food insecurity is among the highest in the region. Hundreds of families can’t afford to feed themselves.
One of the leading causes of child death in Honduras is pneumonia. This illness is closely linked to malnutrition, lack of clean water, poor sanitation and limited access to quality healthcare.
Gender and income levels play a part in the way people are treated. Honduras has the second lowest rate of professional healthcare coverage in Central America. A large part of healthcare fees is paid directly by the patient, meaning that many people can’t afford to go to the doctor.