Honduras is the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the murder capital of the world.
Two thirds of the population lives below the poverty line.
Nearly 50 percent of Honduran families are headed by a single parent.
UNICEF recently estimated that there are more than 150,000 orphans in the country.
More than 10,000 street children are subject to violence, abuse, and human trafficking.
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, lead brigades to do construction and maintenance on the children's homes and schools, provide scholarships for students able to attend university, mentor Hondurans in business development and sustainability, raise funds, and respond to whatever needs arise. Our mission is to give these children the love and hope they need for a brighter future.
Recent college graduate Luis Diaz (photo below) grew up with his family in Nuevo Paraíso, attending grade school and some of high school there. He learned English as he worked with American groups on construction projects and traveled with medical brigades to poor rural villages. In this way, he made many friends from the United States who formed an important part of his life.
“I consider them a big family through many years together,” he says.
In August 2007, Luis started college at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) with the help of FHC funding. He studied art, then changed his major to communications...