Honduras is a low middle-income country that faces major challenges, with more than 66 percent of the population living in poverty in 2016, according to official data. In rural areas, approximately one out of 5 Hondurans live in extreme poverty, or on less than US$1.90 per day.
Honduras faces the highest level of economic inequality in Latin America. Another major challenge is the rampant crime and violence. Honduras’ economy is very vulnerable as well, losing over 1/3 of its revenue on its top exports (Coffee and bananas) over the past 20 years. Honduras is also a difficult place to establish businesses and jobs as proven by a World Bank report that ranks the country 125th out of 185 countries on the ease of doing business and 179th out of 185 on successful enforcement of contracts.
Statistics translate into depressing reality. Villages are reached by muddy, rock-strewn roads. Homes are generally one-room adobe structures with animals living in close proximity. Few children have shoes. Many families do not have toilets and simply use the outdoors.
Due to excessive trauma and inequities experienced by those living in physical and emotional poverty, individuals are in need of kindness and compassion to begin the healing process. In addition, they are in need of vocational training enabling them to become self-sustaining. Building partnerships and allliances with local organizations, churches and non-profits enables us to more effectively work together in the fight to alleviate generational poverty. Bridges of Hope International does not start new projects; we assist and support other organizations who want to make a long-term difference in the lives of people they are serving. Joining hands and hearts produces life-transforming results!
Fast Facts On Honduras…
Why it's known?
Honduras, officially The Republic of Honduras, is known for its rich natural resources, including various minerals, coffee,tropical fruit, and sugar cane, as well as for its growing textiles industry, which serves the international market.
Day of the child
In addition to receiving gifts at Christmas, children are celebrated and receive gifts on the 10th of September, the day of the Honduran Child.
The Honduran currency is the lempira, and it is named after an Indian chief that fought to the death against the Spanish conquerors. It is assumed that a lempira bill has an image representing the face of the legendary chief Lempira, but instead contains the image of an American Red Indian.
- POPULATION THAT LIVES IN POVERTY 66%
- POPULATION THAT LIVES IN EXTREME POVERTY 37.7%
- % OF POOR THAT LIVE IN HILLSIDE/INTERIOR HIGHLANDS OF HONDURAS 75%
NUMBER OF RURAL POOR (2014)
BRIDGE THE HOPE TO HONDURAS
Bridges of Hope is focused on building the bridge to the people of Honduras. “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, is service to a fellow human being.” Lee Lacocca