Honduras is a lower middle-income country with a huge wealth gap and a history of military rule and corruption. Drug trafficking and crime are rampant, fueled by poverty and rising unemployment. Youth gangs, known as “maras,” have plagued Honduran society to the point of becoming a major security issue. Governmental institutions are unstable, which hinders efforts to combat poverty and violence.
Since 2008, LWR has worked with the Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras (ICLH) on several small projects that have sought to strengthen the leadership of local Lutheran churches in five communities where ICLH is present. These communities are located in areas of extreme poverty, and are concentrated around the city of Tegucigalpa (New Suyapa, San Francisco, Divanna, La Canada) and the north of the country (Santa Cruz de Yojoa). In this project, LWR and ICLH seek to contribute to improving social and economic conditions for 1,400 people in the five targeted communities, by strengthening their capacity to advocate towards local authorities for increased services.
Strengthen the capacity of 185 male and female leaders to advocate for basic social services including pre-school and kindergarten facilities, HIV/AIDS support networks, and initiatives in Disaster Risk Reduction and against domestic violence.
Strengthen the livelihoods of a group of 58 small entrepreneurs through training and technical assistance.
Strengthen 63 leaders of faith communities linked to the Honduran Lutheran Church in advocacy, gender, and strategic planning.