Honduras is one of the most economically challenged countries in Central America. Two-thirds of the population lives below the national poverty line, and close to 20% live in conditions of extreme poverty.

Episcopal Relief & Development's primary partners in the country are the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras and its Anglican Agency of Development, known as Aanglidesh, which was originally established with our support. Aanglidesh supports community Savings with Education groups that enable members to grow their personal savings and access a rotating loan fund to invest in small business development. In addition to training in financial literacy and business skills, group meetings also include discussions on topics such as domestic and gender-based violence, health and hygiene and clean water and sanitation.

On a larger scale, Aanglidesh provides opportunities to deaneries within the diocese to access small seed loans to develop self-sustaining businesses, with technical assistance and administrative support from Aanglidesh. When a loan is repaid to Aanglidesh, funding can be offered to another deanery to develop its own small business.

Episcopal Relief & Development also supports the SILOE program run by Siempre Unidos (“Always United”), an institution of the Church in Honduras.  Through community education and prevention activities, this program focuses on reducing HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in the large commercial city of San Pedro Sula.  The outreach team offers rapid HIV testing, STD prevention education and social and emotional support to highly vulnerable populations, including male and female commercial sex workers, LGBT people, military personnel, ethnic minorities and male and female prisoners of the San Pedro Sula penitentiary. The program is also educating girls from ages 13 to 17 about sexual and reproductive health, as pregnancies among this age group are rising.

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Reducing gender-based violence (GBV) and increasing care and services for survivors
  • Reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS by providing services, promoting awareness and fighting discrimination
  • Empowering women to improve health for themselves and their children

Honduras Press Releases & Stories

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Fast Facts

Population growth and limited job prospects outside of agriculture continue to drive emigration.

60% of Hondurans live below the poverty line.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 1: No Poverty End poverty in all its forms everywhere  Learn more»

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 5: Gender EqualityAchieve gender equality and empower all women and girls  Learn more »

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthPromote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all  Learn more »

Goal 16: Peace and Justice

Goal 16: Peace and JusticePromote just, peaceful and inclusive societies  Learn more »

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