Where we work
Our programmes benefit at least 380,000 children in Honduras
Plan's core areas of activity include:
Sponsored children: 3,504
More than 500 families benefited from efficient wood-burning stoves that cut by more than half the quantity of wood normally used whilst they avoid smoke inside the home. Both the home and community environment have improved -and women and children who usually collect wood or purchase it have their work reduced.
Sponsored children: 8,050
More than 380 families now live in newly constructed homes that are the primary line of defence against Chagas disease. This debilitating and eventually fatal disease has no cure and is transmitted by an insect that bites its victims while they sleep, leaving behind the infection.
Plan has developed the basis for achieving community involvement for the development of actions to protect children through the creation of municipal committees, known as community ombudsmen. It is also done in conjunction with the community, work to promote health rights for children 0 to 6 years and adolescents with sexual and reproductive rights and women.
Sponsored children: 7,201
Over 50 schools have been improved in ways that go beyond repairs or additional classrooms; there is an integrated approach that includes construction, teacher training, school books, training of parent associations and student governments.
Lempira is next to last in educational achievement in the country; this project will contribute to a very significant change.
Sponsored children: 5,553
We help to form and train child participation groups to become active in their communities and municipalities. In La Paz, more than 25 groups exist.
With the help of one counterpart organisation, additional groups were formed and a second helped with 2 training events that taught their representatives how to use group dynamics techniques and how to become involved in community/municipal affairs. New members have joined the groups.
Sponsored children: 6,887
Although violence against children is common in the entire country, a major effort is under way to take on this challenge with the training of youth volunteers in 10 municipalities.
In addition to replicating what they learn in their communities, community leaders and teachers are also trained in how to address problems of violence and where to refer cases. Police officers and municipal authorities also received training in how to process these cases.
Of all Central American countries, Honduras has the highest rates of HIV and AIDS. To increase knowledge about this disease, 1,200 high school students participated in a training programme that prepared them, their teachers and parents with skills to deal with the problem.
The innovative programme included a list of test questions, training in how to answer them, inter-school competitions and municipal expositions attended by thousands of people.