Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America with nearly two thirds of the nation's population living below the poverty line. UNICEF estimates there are over 170,000 orphans in Honduras. Orphan Outreach ministers in Honduras by partnering with local orphanages, churches, and Christian schools for children in extreme poverty situations. We also make it a priority to come alongside the Honduran nationals and work with them as they serve their own people. Read below to learn more about our Honduras partner programs.
Senor San Jose Orphanage is located in a small community, called La Paz, which is about an hour and a half drive outside of Tegucigalpa. The home is run by a former nun, Edith, who left the church to concentrate on "hands on" work helping the poor. In 2006, a drug addict mom gave away her two kids to Edith. In 2007, she started praying for space and the local mayor’s office donated the building they are currently in. The building had been abandoned for 20 years.Click here to continue reading.
Jubilee Centers International was started by David and Emily Romero in 2009. Jubilee provides holistic care on reaching the children, families, and community of La Era in areas of education, social services, and pastoral care. Their vision as they grow is to strengthen the quality of the school in providing quality Christian education and evangelism.Click here to continue reading.
Infant Mortality Rate total: 25.21 deaths/1,000 live births
Population below poverty line: 50.7% (2004)
Est. # people living with HIV/AIDS: 63,000; 1.5% adult (15-49) prevalence rate (2005)
Unemployment rate: 27.8% (2007)
Literacy Rate (age 15 + can read & write): 80% total population (2001)
Estimated 180,000 children (0-17) orphaned (2005)
Type of Government: Democratic Constitutional Republic
Language(s): Spanish; indigenous languages
Religion: Roman Catholic (97%), Protestant (3%)
Honduras is located in Central America, and is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua and has Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
Honduran society is rife with economic inequality. Malnutrition, poor housing and infant diseases are widespread.
UNICEF estimates that there are more than 180,000 orphans in Honduras.
Only 43 percent of children enrolled in public schools complete the primary level. Of all children entering the first grade, only 30 percent go on to secondary school, and only 8 percent continue to the university.
Figures cited by the Ministry of Education suggest that Honduras suffers from widespread illiteracy (more than 40 percent of the total population and more than 80 percent in rural areas).
Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, and one of the poorest in Western Hemisphere with 53% of the population living below the poverty line.
Honduras was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. At least 10,000 people were killed and millions were left destitute. The damage was estimated at $3 billion, setting development back by decades.
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