Children in Honduras
Honduras is the second largest republic in Central America. Sadly, malnutrition, poor housing and infant diseases are widespread, making growing up tough for many of the country’s children.
Social problems include high rates of infant and child mortality and malnutrition in children under five, as well as a sharp increase in HIV/AIDS. The average daily income is less than £1.80 (compared to £46.60 in the UK).
Our Children's Villages in Honduras
We began working in Honduras in 1970 when our first community opened in the capital, Tegucigalpa. Twenty-five years later the original Village was closed and a new Village rebuilt to modern standards, in the residential area of Colonia Las Hadas de Comayaguela, south-east of the city and close to the airport.
We built a third community, SOS Children's Village Tela in northern Honduras in 1979 following severe flooding in the area. As well as family houses and SOS Youth Homes, the Village has an SOS Nursery and two SOS Schools (primary and secondary).
SOS Children's Villages built SOS Children's Village La Ceiba in 1984 in the village of Aldea la Ruidosa, about 12 miles from the town of La Ceiba in northern Honduras. It has 16 family houses, a youth house and an SOS Nursery. The children attend local schools.
Valle de Ángeles, Teguciglapa
SOS Children's Village Valle de Ángeles is 20 miles from Teguciglapa and is specifically for seriously mentally and physically handicapped children.
The Village has been adapted to provide the children with as much mobility as possible, and a special-needs school, a clinic and treatment rooms for occupational, hydro, speech and physiotherapy, as well as massage, have also been established.
When Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, SOS Children's Villages mounted an emergency relief programme providing shelter, food and medicines for over 3000 families.
Because of the large numbers of orphans and neglected children left in its wake, a new village was built in one of the worst affected areas in southern Honduras, close to the border with Nicaragua. The first children moved into SOS Children's Village Choluteca in November 2000.
Santa Rosa de Copan
A seventh SOS Children's Village opened in Santa Rosa de Copan in Western Honduras. There are 14 family houses for orphaned and abandoned children.
Fundación Aldeas Infantiles SOS Honduras
Apartado postal 3660
Tel: +504/2239 0420, +504/2239 0421
Fax: +504/2223 6531