Jubilee Centers International was started by David and Emily Romero in 2009. Jubilee provides holistic care on reaching the children, families, and community of La Era in areas of education, social services, and pastoral care. Their vision as they grow is to strengthen the quality of the school in providing quality Christian education and evangelism. Many of the families come from unchurched homes and some are Catholic and do not go to church anymore. Being a school, Jubilee has a great opportunity to connect with parents each day and wants to serve parents and families in helping them care for their own children. They desire to minister to the parents and families in supporting them spiritually by sharing the gospel and discipleship.They hope to add an after-school tutoring program for those students who are falling behind and have no safe environment to study. The first year of school started in February of 2010. They currently hold classes in three different buildings, which are not theirs but the owners are letting them use the space. They hope to move into their new school building at the start of the 2016 school year when they expect to have over 200 students all the way up to sixth grade.Orphan Outreach is partnering alongside Jubilee to help improve the quality of education, provide psychological support, and the building of the new school on their property as the school grows and provide more funding through child sponsorships. Mission teams can build relationship with the children and minister to the school by teaching in the classrooms, supplementing their education curriculum and teaching English and VBS-type curriculum; help with small construction projects with the new facilities; and minister to the families and community.
Population: 7,483,763 (2007)
Birth Rate: 27.59 births/1,000 population
Death Rate: 5.32 deaths/1,000 population
Infant Mortality Rate total: 25.21 deaths/1,000 live births
Population below poverty line: 50.7% (2004)
Est. # people living with HIV/AIDS: 63,000; 1.5% adult (15-49) prevalence rate (2005)
Unemployment rate: 27.8% (2007)
Literacy Rate (age 15 + can read & write): 80% total population (2001)
Estimated 180,000 children (0-17) orphaned (2005)
Type of Government: Democratic Constitutional Republic
Language(s): Spanish; indigenous languages
Religion: Roman Catholic (97%), Protestant (3%)
Honduras is located in Central America, and is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua and has Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
Honduran society is rife with economic inequality. Malnutrition, poor housing and infant diseases are widespread.
UNICEF estimates that there are more than 180,000 orphans in Honduras.
Only 43 percent of children enrolled in public schools complete the primary level. Of all children entering the first grade, only 30 percent go on to secondary school, and only 8 percent continue to the university.
Figures cited by the Ministry of Education suggest that Honduras suffers from widespread illiteracy (more than 40 percent of the total population and more than 80 percent in rural areas).
Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, and one of the poorest in Western Hemisphere with 53% of the population living below the poverty line.
Honduras was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. At least 10,000 people were killed and millions were left destitute. The damage was estimated at $3 billion, setting development back by decades.
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