Honduras is a country of 6.5 million people which, despite favorable conditions, does not grow enough food to support itself. Hondurans struggles with high poverty rates and 60 percent of Central America’s HIV and 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.
What we do
In Honduras, Save the Children 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.
Food security: PROGRESA, a Spanish acronym for Food Security Rural Management Project, is an innovative five-year 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
- Improve natural resource management, for a total population of 20,350 persons over the life of the program including 9,640 women and children less than two years of age.
The program's 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.
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