Honduras

Victoriano Garcia is a member of a CRS-supported program that tests different varieties of corn for taste, resistance to pests and crop yields. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

Victoriano Garcia is a member of a CRS-supported program that tests different varieties of corn for taste, resistance to pests and crop yields. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

Honduras is the poorest country in Central America with 2/3 of the population living below the poverty line according to 2010 World Bank statistics. Honduras' geoegraphic location makes it prone to both violent drug trafficking organizations as well as natural disasters such as hurricanes. Government efforts to address hunger, security and education fall short due to lack of funds and severe political polarization, causing Honduras to rely heavily on international aid groups. Despite the severe situation of much of the population, Hondurans have a reputation for warmth and openness.

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Stats

Population:8,448,465 (July 2013 est.)
Size:43,278 sq. mi; slightly larger than Tennessee
People Served:601,018 (2013 est.)

History

Catholic Relief Services began work in Honduras in 1959 with a food distribution program in rural areas. CRS then started to support water and sanitation, sustainable agriculture and medical supply distribution projects. Over the years, CRS has responded to both man-made and natural disasters. CRS assisted refugees fleeing the civil war in El Salvador and rebuilt Honduras' damaged infrastructure after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. After Hurricane Mitch, CRS consolidated its programs in the following areas: peacebuilding, advocacy, civil society, administration, emergency management, natural resources, health, water, sanitation and education.

Programs

Agriculture
Education
Disaster Response
HIV and AIDS
Peacebuilding
Water and Sanitation
Other


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