Natural resources are plentiful and include timber, gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron ore, coal, fish and hydropower.
Most Hondurans are mestizo – a mix of Amerindian and European ancestry. Spanish is the official language, but some residents also speak a variety of Amerindian dialects.
Access to safe water
Average annual income
Honduras is among the poorest countries in Latin America and 18 percent of Hondurans live below the poverty line (UNICEF, 2012).
Poverty and food scarcity are most severe in rural areas, and rough terrain has prohibited the development of public transport, which keeps much of the rural population isolated.
Health is a major concern for Hondurans. Almost a quarter of all children suffer from malnutrition, and diarrhoea and pneumonia are common conditions.
Violence fuelled by the drug trade is rampant, with the country having the unwelcome distinction of having the world’s highest murder rates.
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Helping farmers improve agricultural techniques and diversify their products to increase their income and reduce malnutrition.
Raising community awareness of HIV and AIDS and helping those who live with this disease to support themselves.
Increasing family access to clean water and sanitation, as well as offering training in sanitation and hygiene basics.
Assisting refugees from neighbouring Nicaragua with food, tents and emergency kits in the late 1970s.
Providing medical and dental care, nutritional supplements and school supplies for children in need in the 1980s.
Supplying families affected by Hurricane Mitch with food, blankets and medicine, as well as helping them rebuild their communities, since 1998.
Working with mothers to encourage breastfeeding and run training sessions to teach them how to prepare balanced and nutritious meals for their children since the early 2000s
Educating children about their rights since the turn of the century, so they can become active participants and agents of transformation in their communities.