As we continue to share stories of volunteers who have come with us on trips, we also wanted to make sure we share facts about Honduras. Knowing the background of the country we’re serving in will give you an idea about the lives of those we serve and more of the “why” behind why we do what we do.
Honduras is a low middle-income country in Central America bordered by Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The country is only slightly larger than Tennessee and has a population of 9.1 million.
More than 60 percent of the population in Honduras lives in poverty. In the rural areas where Humanity & Hope works, one out of five people live in extreme poverty (characterized by making less than $1.90 per day).
In Honduras, one million people lack access to improved sanitation and 638,000 lack access to safe water. Humanity & Hope works with the communities to prioritize solutions they ask for. Access to clean water is often a top priority for communities and one that we have been able to achieve together in the three communities we serve.
40 percent of the Honduran labor force is in agriculture, with another 40 percent in the service sector. Humanity & Hope works primarily with agricultural communities in northern Honduras.
The primary agricultural products from Honduras are bananas, coffee, citrus, corn, and palm. We employ men in each of our communities to grow plantains, corn, pineapples, and beans.
Baleadas are one of the most popular foods in Honduras and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are flour tortillas filled with an assortment of ingredients such as eggs, meat, and beans. If you go on a trip with us, it is likely that you’ll be able to try this delicious traditional dish!
The Honduran currency is called lempira (HNL). One United States dollar (USD) equals approximately 24 HNL.
In 2018, Honduras had an unemployment rate of approximately six percent. However, one-third of the population is underemployed. Humanity & Hope works to create sustainable job opportunities for people in the communities of La Coroza, La Cuchilla, and Remolino.
Soccer, known as “fútbol” in Spanish, is a very popular sport in Honduras. Many people follow the national team, and it is also a common game played among children. On our visits to the communities, we often play soccer with the kids to wind down after a busy day.
If you have any questions about Honduras or coming on a trip with us, please comment here or send an email to email@example.com.