Honduras

Honduras
Honduras
Honduras
An image of Honduras Where Honduras is in the world.

Honduras is in Central America, between Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. It’s the largest coffee growing country in Central America and is known for its beautiful beaches and countryside. 

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Tegucigalpa

Compassion's work in Honduras began in 1974.

Spanish

Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Here's some basic Spanish:

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Bienvenidos
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Gracias
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Chao/ Hasta luego

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Armadillo

Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning "little armoured one" and refers to the bony plates that cover them.

Most poor people in Honduras have homes made of local materials like clay, water and straw with thatched roofs.

Living conditions

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8.4 million

There are more than 47,700 children going to projects in Honduras.

Over 90,000 families earn their living by growing and selling coffee. In 1998 there was a huge storm, Hurricane Mitch, which destroyed most of the coffee that was being grown, as well as many buildings and homes.

There is much poverty in Honduras and thousands of children live on the streets. As well as getting ill, not having enough food to eat and having no-one to care for them, the children in Honduras have to watch out for gangs. If children are forced into a gang they may be pressured to steal from people and even kill others.

How you can make someone’s day - by Catherine Ryan

Rodguin is an 11- year-old boy who lives with his mother, 16-year-old brother, Jose and six-year-old sister, Amy in Chavez town, Honduras.

When he was quite young, Rodguin’s mum and dad separated and his father moved away.

His sister, Amy, is very sick with leukemia. Sometimes she feels better and is able to play, but at other times she is so ill she has to stay in bed and can’t do anything but sleep.

When he was about 5 years old, Rodguin started to attend a Compassion project. During the first years, he needed lots of support as he felt so sad about his father leaving the family and his sister being ill. Rodguin found real comfort in the stories he heard from the Bible classes. He said: “I have learned about God. I have learned to pray especially for my sister Amy, who is very sick.”

Rodguin likes to write, paint and play football with his project friends. As well as the wonderful support he has at the project, he has been really encouraged by his sponsor.

He has never actually met her, but she writes regularly. Every letter has arrived at just the right moment with kind words that have helped Rodguin. “She always tells me that she cares about me and my family and that she is praying for my sister. She also encourages me to do my best at school and to do my school homework,” said Rodguin.

His project teacher talked about how Rodgiun had changed through coming to the project and through the letters he receives from his sponsor: “Rodguin came to the project with that heavy burden on his shoulders, but ever since he came here, I started to tell him that Jesus loves him very much and has great plans for his life. Rodguin loves his sponsor and loves to get her letters. He always tells me to help him with his letters, and I really enjoy helping him because he has found a special friend in her. Her letters have been a great source of encouragement, love and support because of the situation that his family is facing.”

You can make the same difference in your sponsored child’s life by encouraging them in the letters you write. Why not write to them now?

Please pray for the children of Honduras, especially those who have to live on the streets. Pray that God would protect them from gangs and bring them to a safe place.

Pray that children in Compassion projects know how much they are loved by God.

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Honduran lempira

The lempira was named after a 16th century ruler of the indigenous Lenca people.

There are 202 Compassion projects in Honduras.

How can you encourage your sponsored child?

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you’ve found here. Ask them questions about what it’s like to live in Honduras.

Plantains are cooked many different ways. Try this recipe:

Recipe: Maduros

Sweet plantains

Maduros Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 4 ripe plantains
  • Cooking oil in spray form
  1. Preheat oven to 230°C and coat a non-stick baking sheet with cooking oil spray.
  2. Cut the ends off of the plantains and peel, cutting diagonal one centimetre slices.
  3. Arrange in a single layer and coat with cooking oil spray.
  4. Bake, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until plantains are golden brown  and very tender.

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Whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea, are often found in the waters around Honduras. They can grow up to 12 metres long.

What do you call an armadillo with a pin in his bottom?

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Very angry!

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, Wikipedia, National Geographic