Geography and people

The second largest country in Central America, Honduras shares its borders with Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Mountains, valleys and fertile plains make up most of the terrain. The climate is tropical with cooler temperatures in the mountains.

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.



Life expectancy

Life expectancy

Literacy rate

Literacy rate

Access to safe water

Access to safe water

Average annual income

Average annual income

School enrollment

School enrollment

Fast facts


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.


Our focus in Honduras

World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Honduras to improve their lives today and to help deliver sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. Our child sponsorship programme plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United Kingdom sponsoring over 2,303 girls and boys (as of April 2014) across two community projects. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programmes that benefit communities in Honduras.

Highlights of our work to date include:

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.

Our Achievements in Honduras

World Vision’s involvement in Honduras began in 1974 when we provided financial support to help those affected by Hurricane Fifi, a storm that killed 1,200 people and left thousands homeless. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments have included:


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

Child Rights

Educating children about their rights since the turn of the century, so they can become active participants and agents of transformation in their communities.


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