According to a recent article (see excerpt below) by The World Bank, poverty, crime, economic infrastructure, and susceptibility to natural disasters are major challenges for Honduras. While these challenges fall outside of HEDAC’s tool kit, HEDAC with the support of it’s donors and volunteer base, is committed to advancing education to better prepare Hondurans to identify and implement solutions in an effort to make a better life for themselves.
ACCORDING TO THE WORLD BANK
“Honduras is a middle to low income country facing significant challenges, with more than two thirds of the population living in poverty and five out of ten suffering from extreme poverty (2012). In rural areas 6 out of 10 households live in extreme poverty.
Another challenge is the level of crime and violence in Honduras, as it is the country with the highest homicide rate in the world (79 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the Observatorio de la Violencia of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras). Crime and violence have also eroded citizens’ confidence in the rule of law…
The country is also vulnerable to external shocks. An example is the agricultural sector, which has lost about a third of its purchasing power in the last two decades, largely due to a decrease in the prices of the exported crops, notably bananas and coffee. Honduras is also susceptible to adverse natural events such as hurricanes and droughts…
World Bank studies have highlighted the importance of improving the quality of education. It will also be necessary to enhance rural productivity and diversify sources of rural income, since most of the country’s poor live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.”
Advancing education is challenging in and of itself. It includes a focus on children through our after school programs and activities, our library and mobile learning center, and computer access. It also includes community organizing (teaching by example) and educating parents to the importance of supporting the education of their children.
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