As one of the poorest countries in Central America, Honduras faces many challenges. ChildFund has been working in Honduras since 1982, and although we have made a positive impact on the lives of many people, there is still a lot of work to be done to eradicate poverty in Honduras. Children there face many obstacles.
Unemployment in the country is high, and approximately 65 percent of Hondurans live below the poverty line. This economic disparity and a lack of jobs in Honduras have resulted in a high level of crime. Honduras currently has the highest homicide rate in the world. Gang violence in Honduras is also prevalent.
Although the rising crime rate in Honduras is a major factor in the country's widespread poverty problem, another significant issue is its mountainous terrain,which makes the construction of roads and other infrastructure improvements difficult. Without an adequate transportation system, many families living in remote areas cannot get access to basic health care or education for their children. The isolation experienced by many families living in rural villages has created a scarcity of food and also contributed to the ongoing poverty in Honduras and lack of jobs.
As many families and their children cannot access basic health care, serious diseases are prevalent in rural areas. Rates of HIV and AIDS infection are high, and according to 2011 statistics from UNAIDS, there are more than 33,000 people currently living with HIV in Honduras.
Despite these challenges, ChildFund, along with other nongovernmental organizations, is making progress in Honduras. Our health care programs contributed to a 15 percent decline in infant mortality between 2006 and 2010, and ongoing educational initiatives have helped mothers in rural areas make informed decisions in the care of themselves and their children.
To help ChildFund continue to provide much-needed support to children and families in Honduras, please consider sponsoring a child. For just $28 per month, you can help us provide food, education and health care to vulnerable children across Central America and the world.