Tegucigalpa

Tegucigalpa
Honduras

Urban Region

  • Buses are a common mode of transportation in impoverished urban areas, but poor road conditions make for rough, uncomfortable rides. Buses are a common mode of transportation in impoverished urban areas, but poor road conditions make for rough, uncomfortable rides.
  • Soccer is a favorite game among Honduran children. These children have a safe place to play at their child development center. Soccer is a favorite game among Honduran children. These children have a safe place to play at their child development center.
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future.
  • The impoverished urban areas in Honduras offer few safe places for children. Many don’t go to school and are tempted to join gangs. The impoverished urban areas in Honduras offer few safe places for children. Many don’t go to school and are tempted to join gangs.
  • Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand. Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand.
  • Because they usually don’t get much to eat at home, children with Compassion receive regular nutritious meals and snacks at the center. Because they usually don’t get much to eat at home, children with Compassion receive regular nutritious meals and snacks at the center.
  • Typical homes in Honduran city slums offer little protection from the weather, and most lack running water and electricity. Typical homes in Honduran city slums offer little protection from the weather, and most lack running water and electricity.
 
HONDURAS OVERVIEW

Population

8,598,561

Religion

Roman Catholic

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Urban Honduras Urban Honduras
  • In urban areas of Honduras like Tegucigalpa, children face malnutrition, domestic violence at home, and lack of access to adequate education.
  • Migration to other countries has become a phenomenon, as children are traveling to the United States to start a better life. Some children and their parents return empty-handed, in worse financial condition than before.
  • Most parents don’t finish school, which limits them to low-income jobs.
  • Parents are often involved in recycling, which involves picking up plastic water and soda bottles, juice cans and plastic bags from trash containers or from the city dump.
  • Since they can’t afford school supplies or even shoes, parents don’t send their children to school.
  • Teens who don’t go to school seek refuge in gangs.
  • Children are malnourished; they usually only get one meal a day. They also are exposed to smoke from incinerating trash, which causes respiratory problems and skin diseases.
COMMUNITY
Honduras Urban Community
Issues and Concerns
  • Fathers frequently desert their families, leaving the care of children entirely to mothers who struggle to provide for them.
  • Many urban children end up living on the streets, vulnerable to gang violence, drug addiction, exploitation and abuse.
  • Living in cramped, squalid conditions, the urban poor suffer from high unemployment and income insecurity. One consequence of that strain is family instability.
Local Needs and Challenges

Violent gangs

The temptations are great for children to drop out of school and join one of the many gangs that terrorize entire neighborhoods.

Malnutrition and poor sanitation

Many children also face chronic malnutrition and frequent illness from the lack of sanitation in the slums.

Low education levels

Only about one-third of children continue their education beyond primary school.

EDUCATION
Honduras education
Schools and Education
  • According to the Honduran constitution, education is free and, at the primary level, mandatory for all children. However, the country lacks a sufficient number of public schools.
  • Most schools are poorly equipped and understaffed.
  • In urban areas, 60 percent of youths are enrolled in grades seven through nine, yet only 38 percent make it to high school.
  • Countrywide, only 8 percent of children continue to the university level.

Compassion Honduras works to ensure that every registered child is able to attend school, and it provides additional support, including tutoring, at the child development centers.

At the Compassion Child Development Center

Compassion serves children in Honduras’ urban regions through local, church-based child development centers. These centers are havens of love and learning for registered children.

Here, children receive nutritious meals, hygiene training and tutoring to attain standard academic milestones. They are also encouraged to develop their talents and abilities.

Most important, children learn about God’s love and the gift of salvation in Christ.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing real help and hope to impoverished children in urban Honduras, providing:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • training about personal hygiene such as how to brush their teeth and wash their hands
  • literacy training for parents so they can obtain stable employment
  • field trips, spiritual retreats, birthday celebrations, sports activities
  • personal copies of God’s Word