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Save the Children Honduras has been working to create positive changes in the lives of girls and boys in rural communities and poor neighborhoods. Our programs spread over five geographic areas in the central and southern parts of Honduras, including Intibuca, Choluteca, Valle and Francisco Morazan.
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Honduras is a country of 6.5 million people and despite favorable conditions, does not grow enough food to support itself. Honduras struggles with high poverty rates and 60 percent of Central America's HIV/AIDS cases. Positive growth over the years has been overshadowed by natural disasters, falling international markets, uneven distribution of wealth, and degradation of the environment. People living in rural areas would need 2.3 times the average salary in order to be properly nourished. Children in rural areas often suffer from malnutrition, iron deficiencies and low birth weight.
PROGRESA is a Spanish acronym for Food Security Rural Management Project, is an innovative five-year (2005-2009) Food Security initiative operating in the South-West portion of Honduras. PROGRESA aims to reduce food insecurity in highly vulnerable communities in south-central Honduras through activities designed to increase access, availability, and utilization of food, and decrease vulnerability to shocks that threaten people's livelihoods.
The program's goals are: to improve maternal and child health and nutrition, improve food production and marketing, and improve natural resource management, for a total population of 20,350 persons over the life of the program including 9,640 women and children under 2 years of age. The overall program impact will be measured by the reduction in chronic malnutrition rates of children 6-23 months of age.
RICA works in various communities in Honduras (54 additional communities in Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador) focusing on early childhood development and primary education in the early grades. Early childhood development centers, run primarily by teachers and community volunteers, provide young children the opportunity to "learn by doing" in environments that are nurturing and fun. A highly nutritional daily snack is included for participating children. The education programs, in partnership with local communities and governments, have helped construct multiple schools and increased school attendance by promoting individual and community benefits of education.
According to the Commission of Economic Studies for Latin America (CEPAL), Honduras has the slowest progress in Central America and more long term assistance is required to expand initiatives similar to PROGRESA, including environmental protection activities not included in PROGRESA that would greatly benefit the population of this area. Save the Children remains committed to this and future programs aimed at improving the lives of children in Honduras.
Honduras Facts and Statistics
Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children's 2012 State of the World's Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2012; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; Population: CIA World Factbook 2012; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program
Last Updated January 2014