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Recreational spaces protect children in Honduras

Plan International Honduras is creating recreational spaces where children and young people can learn, socialise and play, reducing the chances of them becoming involved in alcohol or drug abuse.

In Honduras, young people often get involved in alcohol and drug abuse. In addition, there are high rates of teenage pregnancy in the country. 

Belinda and the Dance Group
Plan International Honduras Country Director Belinda Portillo with girls from a dance group.

Safe spaces

In order to address these issues, Plan International Honduras is creating recreational spaces where children and young people can learn, socialise and play, reducing the chances of them becoming involved in alcohol or drug abuse.

In Santa Barbara, Plan International Honduras has built a centre where 1,600 children and young people aged 11 to 22 can come to play sports, do arts, cultural activities and stay away from the risks of alcohol and drugs.

Folklore dance group
A dance group performs at the new sports centre.

Preventing societal risks

The centre will also provide awareness raising sessions for parents on the dangers their children face in society and the methods available to prevent these risks.

In addition, Plan International Honduras is working alongside the Mayor of Azacualpa to create a television programme to promote recreational activities, raise awareness of the risks in society and highlight children’s rights.