CRS in Honduras
Gang violence, poverty, failed harvests and lack of job opportunities cause Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador families to flee north. Your gift helps protect kids against trafficking, keeps children in school and helps youth stay out of gangs while addressing the root causes of migration. You also help provide counseling, shelter and basic supplies to children and families who are being returned to their home countries.
With a per capita income of $2,329, Honduras is a low middle-income country with the highest levels of economic inequality in the entire Latin American region (World Bank, 2016). The stark contrast between the rich and poor is particularly marked in rapidly growing urban areas such as Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, cities that continue to experience an increasing surge of crime and gang violence. Despite the precarious reality of urban life for many of Honduras’ inhabitants, the majority of the nation’s poor live in rural areas, depending primarily on agriculture for their daily sustenance and livelihoods. Hence, CRS Honduras continues to engage with communities to implement projects that span a range of sectors (e.g., education, health, agriculture, etc.) in its efforts to improve security, to diversify sources of income, and to increase access to quality education, among a host of other initiatives.
Country News and Stories
April 2, 2019
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Issues Statement in Response to Foreign Aid Cuts to Central American Countries
CRS President Sean Callahan issues statement opposing cuts in foreign assistance
October 29, 2018
Catholic Agencies Urge Governments to Protect Migrants Seeking Safe Haven
As thousands of people from Honduras and other Central American countries are making their way toward Mexico and the United States, three major Catholic agencies are urging all people of goodwill to speak and act with...
October 31, 2017
CRS Urges Extension of Temporary Protected Status Designation for Honduras and El Salvador
TPS designation for Honduras and El Salvador is set to expire in a few weeks.
April 13, 2017
Central American Youth Programs Threatened as Department of Labor Funding on the Line
Critical funding to combat child and forced labor may disappear in Central America
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.