Why Honduras?

  • Second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
  • Murder capital of the world
  • Two thirds of the population lives below the poverty line. 
  • More than 150,000 Honduran children are orphans (per UNICEF).
  • More than 10,000 children live on the streets, subject to violence and recruitment by gangs

How do we help?

Friends of Honduran Children, Inc. was founded in 2001 to offer education, shelter, opportunity, and hope to Honduran children at risk. In partnership with the Honduran organization Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos, we sponsor children, give scholarships, lead mission trips and brigades, mentor Hondurans in business development, raise funds, and respond to whatever needs arise. Our mission is to give these children a brighter future.

The Issue

42% of the country's population is under the age of 18 and nearly half of Honduran families are headed by a single parent.

The Plan

Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos has rescued tens of thousands of abandoned, neglected, or abused Honduran children by creating  homes where they can feel safe, get healthy, attend school, heal from traumatic experiences, and prepare for a brighter future.

FHC administers nearly 300 child sponsorships with 100% of donations going to the direct care of the children.

The Issue

 More than 4,700 children in Honduras belong to gangs
(UNICEF 2012) and 90% of Honduran street children inhale deadly shoe glue to resist hunger pangs.

The Plan

SAN's concept of small group homes creates a sense of family within each children's house in Nuevo Paraiso and the Pedro Atala homes in Tegucigalpa. FHC board members lead mission teams to Honduras to help maintain the homes, work on new construction, support SAN's schools, and conduct medical and food brigades.

The Issue

Hondurans are required to attend school through 9th grade but in 2013 enrollment in 7th through 9th grade was only 49% and in 10th and 11th grades only 25%.

The Plan

SAN's kindergarten, elementary, and  technical high school at Nuevo Paraiso serve 600 students, and its Reyes Irene Valenzuela Vocational Center in Tegucigalpa enrolls 450 young women.

FHC has supported the Nuevo Paraiso School for more than a decade, and its annual scholarships assist students who have the desire and ability to attend university.

The Issue

A third of Honduran children are married by age 18 (nearly 10% by age 15), and about 16% ages 5 to 14 are employed--many in hazardous labor such as coffee and sugarcane harvesting, mining, fishing, factory work, and sexual trafficking.

The Plan

SAN's priorities are not just to rescue children but to give them the tools to earn a living and become self-sufficient adults.

FHC has helped develop micro-enterprises for SAN's grown children and has raised funds toward a Transition Plan to help SAN high school graduates get started on their paths to productive adulthood.