Child Champions in Honduras tell us about their country.
Honduras is a country in Central America known for a fusion of Spanish, Caribbean, and African cuisines and an impressive variety of scenery. Mountains, tropical forests, clear blue water beaches, and the largest coral barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere make Honduras a biodiversity hotspot because of the many plant and animal species that call it home. But the nation’s economy is primarily agricultural, making it vulnerable to natural disasters.
The devastating impact of hurricanes primarily affects poor rural areas where the destruction of farms leads to food insecurity. Deforestation from logging has also caused land degradation and soil erosion, and the largest source of fresh water in the country as well as other rivers and streams have been polluted by heavy metals due to mining.
Most Hondurans earn the equivalent of $3 or less a day. Over 60% of the population lives in poverty, with 40% being in extreme poverty. People from the countryside often migrate to the cities in search of opportunities that are not available. Households typically are headed by a single parent, and far too many children suffer from domestic violence because of family disintegration and financial strain. Weak health and educational systems leave children with nowhere to turn, so they often find themselves resorting to theft or being targeted by gangs and drug cartels to join in illegal activities as a means to survive.
But OneChild is there to bring HOPE. In Honduras, bringing hope to hard places has a certain look. It looks like a Child Champion standing in for an absent parent. It looks like providing fresh meals to children who do not receive them at home. It looks like saving the lives of children from preventable diseases that they would not recover from without the intervention of quality health care. It looks like a child realizing that their current surroundings — filled with gang violence, drugs, and other illegal activities — are not all that they can expect from life. It looks like children being restored through a relationship with a loving God so they can build a bright future. And with your help, we can make this possible!
Honduras Hope Centers
Thankfully, OneChild provides a way out of this cycle of violence and poverty, serving the communities facing the most extreme deprivation and providing children with the encouragement, guidance, and basic resources they need to overcome the challenges they face. Nutritious meals, quality educational and vocational opportunities, health care, the love of Child Champions, and the involvement of the local church support children’s overall development and well-being so that they know change is possible — so that they have a reason to HOPE.
If Honduras is to thrive as a country, the next generation must adopt a new mindset. They will have to believe that they can make a difference in their own lives, their families, and even their nation. They will need to rely on God’s provision to make this happen. And OneChild will be there to help them discover their full potential, become the leaders of tomorrow, pursue any goals they have for the future, and, with a heart of gratefulness, give back to their communities.
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