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CRS in Honduras

Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America with a per capita income of $2,180. Sixty-five percent of the country lives below the poverty line (World Bank, 2014).

While most of its inhabitants have traditionally been subsistence farmers, urban centers, including the capital of Tegucigalpa and other major cities, are growing rapidly, thanks to an influx of job-seeking youth—who comprise more than 50% of the population. CRS Honduras is working to implement a diverse set of projects, including agriculture and education, in an attempt to meet the needs of the country's most vulnerable populations.

Stats

People Served: 422,228 (FY 2014: 73,584 direct; 348,644 indirect)

Population: 8,598,561 (July 2014 est.)

Size: 43,278 sq. mi; slightly larger than Tennessee

CRS' History in Honduras

CRS started its work in Honduras in 1959 with a rural food distribution project. Over the next two decades we added agriculture, health and water and sanitation programs.

In the 1980s, CRS Honduras assisted refugees fleeing the civil war in neighboring El Salvador and created long-term development programs in the neediest communities. Our assistance in the 1990s culminated with the CRS and Caritas Honduras response to Hurricane Mitch, one of the greatest natural disasters ever to hit Central America. Over the last decade we concentrated on our core strengths of rural development projects in health, education, agriculture, peacebuilding, and water and sanitation.

At present we work with and through Caritas and our local partners in seven departments throughout the country. The changing economic, social and political landscape in Honduras in the coming years will challenge us to be responsive to the needs of the poor in new and innovative ways.