Where We Primarily Serve
Living Hope For Honduras works in the region surrounding the town of Gualaco, which is in the northeastern area of Honduras. As detailed in our history and founding, we serve the amazing residents who live in this area, with a focus on families, children and abandoned or abused girls.
Honduras, officially the Republic of Honduras, is a country in Central America, and is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea. It is tropical.
Honduras has a total population exceeding nine million, and is divided into departments, similar to states. More than 50% of the population lives in poverty. An estimated 150,000 children are orphans. The numbers of homeless children grows daily.
A Vivid, Rich History
Honduras was home to several important Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya, before the Spanish Colonization in the sixteenth century. The Spanish introduced Roman Catholicism and the now predominant Spanish language, along with numerous customs that have blended with the indigenous culture.
Honduras became independent in 1821 and has since been a republic, although it has consistently endured much social strife and political instability, and remains one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
The nation's economy is primarily agricultural, making it especially vulnerable to natural disasters such as devastating hurricanes. There is diversity in Honduran society, which is predominantly Mestizo; however, American Indian, black and white individuals also live in Honduras.
A Country of Amazing People
The people of Honduras are known for their friendliness, and overall sense of cheer though their country is one of the poorest. They believe in hard work, and do not shy away from striving for achievement. We believe this characteristic emphasizes the importance of the work that Living Hope For Honduras does, in every large and small endeavor.
We know that when we touch a life, with better opportunity, with food, shelter, a place to worship, or education, that a human being can look to the future with a real sense of hope.
As described elsewhere, our work is intimately tied to the needs of the Honduran people in the Gualaco region; we never presume to "know what they need," and listen carefully to our Honduran staff, supporters and affiliates. This intrinsic way of helping the people who call Gualaco home assures our work fulfills its mission.