Honduras is a country that suffers from immense poverty and violence. After a military coup in 2009, an aid freeze led to humanitarian crisis. Still today, Honduras has had one of the highest murder rates in the world and remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America.
According to the United Nations, currently only about 32 of every 100 students in Honduras finish primary school without repeating grades, and dropout rates rise as children get older.
Arguably the most significant hindrance to the country’s development are the levels of gang violence that Honduras suffers from. These gangs often recruit children as young as seven who, with few opportunities available to them, will often join the gangs simply in order to find a sense of belonging. This is particularly true of children from poorer backgrounds who spend their days on the streets and are thus particularly vulnerable.
In order to overcome many of the problems that arise as a result of this gang recruitment and the violence it elicits, future generations need to be given wider opportunities. This is what educate. aims to do. Helping keep children in school or alternative education not only allows these individuals to reach for higher opportunities in their future lives, but aids in lowering overall gang-recruitment levels and the resulting culture of violence that is at the root of so many of Honduras’ problems.
Want to learn more about Honduras? Watch this documentary, The American Fraud, co-filmed, produced and edited by one of educate.’s directors: