Food scarcity is a serious problem in
Honduras, and many children often go hungry.
more than 30 years, ChildFund has worked in
Honduras to help children in need and their families. With a population of
7.5 million, around 65 percent of whom live in poverty, one of the greatest
challenges facing Honduran families is shortage of food. Food in Honduras is scarce in many parts of the country, meaning parents cannot feed their children. Without
nutritious food, children are more susceptible to illness, stunted growth and
Going Without: Food Shortages
With so many families living in
poverty, conditions in Honduras are already difficult. However, the country's
vulnerability to natural disasters further exacerbates shortages of food, and
child hunger. Although the southern and western regions of Honduras
are responsible for producing much of the basic crops the population relies upon
as a source of food, these
areas are often hit the hardest by flooding and droughts, making
agricultural production and crop yields unpredictable.
One of the
major side effects of food shortages is malnutrition. According to the World Food
Programme, malnutrition rates can be as high as almost 50 percent in rural
areas. If children go without the nutritious food they need to develop, they are
at greater risk of stunting, wasting and impaired cognitive development. This,
in turn, can lead to later learning difficulties, which perpetuates the cycle
of generational poverty.
To address these urgent
problems, ChildFund established a child survival program in 12 south-central
Honduran communities with funding from the United States Agency for
International Development. This initiative aims to reduce child mortality not just by providing food for the hungry but also tackling other causes effects of poverty such as poor maternal health and
lack of access to health care.
There are many ways you can help us provide
relief and support to families in Honduras. Our child
sponsorship program enables you to provide food, medicines and other
essentials to a child and his or her family living in Honduras. Just $28 per
month will make a tremendous difference to a child living in poverty.
Another way to fight child poverty and hunger in Honduras is by becoming a monthly giving
partner. Our Essentials
for Survival fund helps families in the world's poorest countries, including
Honduras, and provides families with access to clean water, nutritious food and
potentially life-saving health care.
Finally, making a donation to
Action Fund allows us to provide aid to families affected by natural
disasters. In Honduras, where droughts and flooding are common, this fund is
vital in ensuring that families displaced by natural disasters have the
resources and support they need to cope with these catastrophic events.