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Compassion Honduras has a slogan: changing generations. “There is only one way we can do that, and that is addressing the coming generation,” explains Armin, a Compassion Partnership Preparation Specialist in Honduras.

Breaking generational cycles of poverty in Honduras is greatly needed—almost half the nation’s population live in poverty. Racked by violence, gang rule and inequality, Honduras is one of the most unstable countries for a child to live in, especially for girls.

This country is also prone to hurricanes, floods and earthquakes, all of which greatly exacerbate poverty. The damage caused by tropical storms in recent years has had devastating impacts on crop production, leaving over 2 million people experiencing acute food insecurity.

Compassion has partnered with the local church in Honduras for nearly 50 years, and our church partners have a deep understanding of the unique needs and assets of their communities.

Watch the video update below from our church partners in Honduras to learn more.

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How you can pray

Thank you for praying for staff, churches, children and families in Honduras we serve.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray for the safety and protection of all children in Honduras, especially girls who are most vulnerable to inequality and exploitation.
  • Pray for our local church partners who are bravely advocating for children's rights.
  • Pray for encouragement and wisdom for the pastors, staff and volunteers as they serve children and families in their communities.
  • Pray for the protection of Hondurans amid frequent destructive weather events.
  • Pray that God would bring restoration to agricultural land, especially for small-scale farmers.
  • Pray for the hundreds of mothers registered with Compassion's Mums and Babies program across the nation. Pray their babies would grow strong and healthy, and the project staff would have wisdom and resources to support every mother and child.
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A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Honduras

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 14 visit the Compassion centre for six hours each week spread over two or three days after school.
  • Students aged 15 and older attend for four hours a week over two days.

Compassion Program Activities in Honduras

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Compassion assisted children in Honduras typically attend program activities at their local child development centre after school. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Honduras.

Devotional time - Children are taught to pray.

Spiritual lessons - Children sing songs and learn Bible stories.

Break and snack time - Children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships.

Social-emotional lessons - Children learn conflict resolution skills and how to develop healthy self-esteem and a godly character. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

Lunch and social time - The majority of children do not have adequate nutrition in their homes and schools do not provide meals. Compassion centres at the local church aim to provide children with extra nutrition each time they attend the centre. Children experiencing malnutrition often receive extra food rations. Snacks usually consist of fruit, cereal and milk. Meals often comprise meat, cereals, vegetables and fruit.

Health lessons - Children learn practical health and hygiene tips.

Letter writing and career planning - Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests and set goals for their future.

In addition, children are invited to participate in sporting tournaments, retreats, camps and educational visits. Older students are offered a variety of vocational skills workshops, such as welding, beauty, sports, baking, music, and computing. Parents and caregivers are offered parenting classes.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Honduras


mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births


of children are experiencing stunted growth

Honduras is rich with abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery, including one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Local families are tight-knit and passionate about soccer. Similar to other Latin American countries, extended family often live in the same house together and help one another.

Located in the corridor from South America to Mexico and the United States, Honduras is a transit country for everything from illicit drugs to human trafficking and mass migration.

Honduras’ history since Spanish colonisation in the 16th century is marked by military coups and counter-coups. Racked by violence and corruption, gang rule and inequality, it is one of the most unstable countries in a volatile region, with recent widespread drought creating further hardship for locals and leading to ever-increasing numbers travelling across borders—most headed north for Mexico and the United States.

Honduras has the second-highest extreme poverty rate in Latin America and the Caribbean, after Haiti. The country is also afflicted by one of the worst rates of inequality in the world, with a stark division between rich and poor.

Remittances (money sent home by expatriates) make up a significant part of the nation’s economy and many families are dependent on this source of income. Small-scale farming, the backbone of the nation’s agricultural economy, is collapsing; many rural communities are no longer able to sustain themselves due to drought and changing rainfall patterns.

Meanwhile, Honduran children living in poverty face many challenges, with malnutrition and insecurity foremost among them. They are particularly vulnerable to the threat posed by gang activity, with many boys coerced into joining and girls threatened with rape and forced labour. As meeting their basic needs becomes more difficult, some see gang life as the only alternative to starving or risking their lives on the road to the United States border.

Yet local churches across the country are working hard to nurture and protect these vulnerable children, to ensure they have the safety and space to grow and develop and experience the unfailing love of God.

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