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In Honduras, Save the Children Honduras has been working to create positive changes in the lives of girls and boys in rural communities and poor neighborhoods of the capital Tegucigalpa since 1968. Save the Children Honduras has five offices distributed in the central and southern areas of the country.
Programs in Honduras are spread over a geographic area that includes the departments of Intibuca, Choluteca, Valle and Francisco Morazan. In Honduras, Save the Children/US works in close partnership with Save the Children/Honduras on two main programs: Progresa (a Development Assistance Program), and RICA (Regional Initiative for Central America).
Save the Children hopes to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in need, with the active participation of government partners, other non-governmental organizations, communities, families, and any others who take care of children.
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.
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 October 2013