Where We Work - 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. Our programs spread over five geographic areas in the central and southern parts of Honduras, including Intibuca, Choluteca, Valle and Francisco Morazan.

Our Results in Honduras

  • We kept 17,707 children safe from harm.
  • More than 92,987 children got the opportunity to learn.
  • More than 11,930 children had a healthy start in life.
  • We reached 289 people to help fight the spread of AIDS, care for the sick and protect orphans left behind by the terrible disease.
  • To help parents feed their children, 1,489 received support to start businesses, improve farming practices and invest in their children’s futures.
  • To fight malnutrition, nearly 22,280 received nutritious food and vital supplements.

Explore Our Programs

Country Challenge

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.

Food security: PROGRESA

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.

Honduras Facts and Statistics

  • Population: 8,598,561
  • Infant Death Rate: 22.9 in 1,000 live births
  • Life Expectancy: 70.9 years
  • Poverty Rate: 17.9%
  • Underweight Children: 7.1%
  • Human Development Rank: 129 out of 187 countries
  • Maternal Death Risk: 1 in 270 women
  • Girls' Education: 11.4 years
  • Income per capita: 2120 (USD)


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report.You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programme 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

Last Updated December 2014

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