Why Honduras?

Because where you live shouldn't determine whether you live


In rural areas, 6 out of 10 households live in extreme poverty or on less than US$2.50 per day.1

A beautiful, mountainous Central American country with coasts that border both the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, Honduras is a land of stunning biodiversity. The unique, diverse geography has attracted increasing numbers of tourists and foreign visitors–almost four times as many today compared to 20 years ago. While the natural beauty and central location of this country make it a natural fit for the curious traveler, at Step Up For Honduras, we have found real concerns plaguing the people who live there.

We’re committed to doing our part to make this part of the world a better place for the local and indigenous communities who call Honduras home, and we invite you to join us in our mission.

Alarming Problems in Honduras

HEALTH

Access to healthcare is inconsistent for many Hondurans; some rural areas only have two physicians for every 10,000 residents.2

A recent report from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights makes clear that the indigenous communities in Honduras are at greater risk of violence and other health threats because of increased struggle and conflict over land and resources, especially in rural areas.

EDUCATION

In Honduras, only 60 percent of children who begin first grade will ultimately finish primary school.4

We believe that increased access to educational opportunity is one of the best ways to improve the lives of individuals and families in rural communities.

ENVIRONMENT

Honduran officials have identified 3.6 tons of pesticides deemed to be "persistent organic pollutants."3

The natural environment of Honduras offers great biodiversity, but unfortunately these natural riches have also invited exploitative practices that leave pollutants behind. The country currently lacks the infrastructure to manage the clean-up and protect against future harm.

ECONOMIC ACCESS

In 2010, nearly 60 percent of all households in Honduras lived in poverty, and that figure jumped to nearly 65 percent in rural areas.5

In addition, approximately 20 percent of the population is unemployed; that figure doubles when you look specifically at women.

How we aim to tackle these issues

These concerns are significant, and can feel overwhelming, but we are committed to doing everything we can to save the people and the environment of Honduras. Our success formula includes working directly with local community members and leaders to strengthen each of these problem areas appropriately:

HEALTH

Through leveraging the power of local residents and external resources, we can enhance access to health care for those in greatest need.

ENVIRONMENT

By collaborating with local leaders in creating protections for the land, we strive to prevent pollution-related diseases for the most vulnerable residents.

EDUCATION

Through grassroots efforts with local community leaders, we are invested in finding culturally appropriate ways to strengthen opportunities for education among Honduras’ youngest residents.

ECONOMIC ACCESS

In collaboration with local leaders, we are working to create pathways for local residents to get involved in meaningful work that will give them the chance to provide for their families, without exploitation or abuse.

Real Stories

Lydia was unable to play with the other children because of her debilitating disease, which kept her from being able to walk, use her hands, or talk. Through one of our campaigns, Step Up For Honduras has helped her obtain the necessary medical care.

MEET LYDIA

Every 1$ invested into Honduras can help yield real change

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