Honduras

59

in every 100,000 people are murdered each year – one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

63%

of the population live in poverty.

36%

of the population are unemployed.

20%

of people in rural areas live in extreme poverty on less than £1.45 a day.

About Honduras

The Central American nation of Honduras is known for its rich natural resources including coffee, fruit and sugar cane. However, years of military rule, corruption, inequality, violent crime and natural disasters have made Honduras one of the most dangerous and least developed countries in Central America.

Honduras’ poverty rate of 63 per cent has been exacerbated by the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters – notably, Honduras was hit by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, killing 5,000 people and destroying 70 per cent of the country's crops. The damage from this set the nation’s development back by decades. Endemic poverty, unemployment, malnutrition and infant diseases are all commonplace.

Honduras currently has the highest homicide rate in the world due to the presence of drug trafficking and youth gangs or 'maras'. These, coupled with insufficient law enforcement resources, mean that violence is widespread and criminals often go unprosecuted.

How we do it

Livelihoods

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Advocacy

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Church & Community Transformation

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Resilience

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Our Work in Honduras

Tearfund began working in Honduras in the 1970s, in response to hurricanes and the flight of refugees from neighbouring civil wars. We began community development work in the late 1980s, in some of the remotest and most marginalised regions. Then, in 1998, Tearfund provided intensive support in the wake of Hurricane Mitch.

Today we work through several local partner organisations.

Together we are committed to strengthening marginalised communities, addressing environmental issues, training and equipping churches to tackle local problems (especially access to healthcare), and advocating for land rights, in particular for indigenous peoples.

We are committed to supporting the most vulnerable children and young people – training churches to support disabled children and raising awareness of child abuse.

OUR PARTNERS IN HONDURAS: Red Viva Honduras, MOPAWI, Proyecto Aldea Global & La Asociación Misionera Garifuna

ACHIEVEMENTS

1m+

hectares of rainforest has been saved from industrial exploitation thanks to Tearfund partner MOPAWI’s campaigns advocating indigenous peoples’ land rights.

1,380

people have benefited from the implementation of special ‘food gardens’.

3

regions have benefited from new anti-violence initiatives, run by networks of local churches.

40

local churches have been involved in initiatives among the Garifuna people, changing attitudes towards people living with HIV and domestic and sexual violence.

Pray for our work

  • Please pray that senseless murders in Honduras will cease, and for peace between different groups and communities.
  • Please pray that, through the work of our partners, indigenous groups will be empowered to claim their rights to land and basic services.
  • Pray that communities would be committed to protecting Honduras’ precious resources and environment.
  • Give thanks for our work to protect and support vulnerable children. Please pray that, through Red Viva’s training, local churches would be equipped to raise awareness of child abuse within their communities.

Stories from Honduras

  • Palm trees

    Fifty years, fifty countries: Honduras

    The Central American nation of Honduras is known for its rich natural resources, including vast swathes of magnificent forest. However, years of military rule, corruption, inequality, violent crime and natural disasters have made Honduras one of the most dangerous, and least developed countries in Central America.

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  • the bordos in San Pedro Sula

    Honduras Postcards to the Edge

    Tearfund CEO Nigel Harris travels to the slums in one of the most violent cities in the world. He finds the ‘voiceless’ poorhave started speaking up.

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  • Hope for Honduras

    With an average of 20 murders committed every day, Honduras is one of the world’s most violent countries. Living in a crime-riddled riverbank slum in San Pedro Sula, Honduras second largest city, it’s no wonder families like Angela’s go to bed frightened.

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  • Suds away!

    Sun, sea, savannas…and skin irritations. Until recently, this was life for the people who live in the Ibans Lagoon in La Mosquitia region of Honduras along the Caribbean coast.

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